The U.S. agriculture industry employs 17 percent of the country's workforce.

Did you know mature turkeys have more than 3,500 feathers? How about that cows have four stomachs and can detect smells up to six miles away? Agriculture is one of the United States’ most important industries, employing more than 24 million workers or 17 percent of the country’s total work force.

Here are some fun facts straight from America’s farms for you to absorb and share:

  • Like snowflakes, no two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.
  • There are 47 different breeds of sheep in the U.S.
  • Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. >> Farm Facts: Pork
  • Elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. >> Farm Facts: Eggs
  • The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year.
  • Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture. >> Farm Facts: Beef 
  • One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball.
  • Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons. >> Farm Facts: Soybeans
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed 86 pounds, about the size of an average third-grader. 
  • Cows are herbivores, so they only have teeth on the bottom.
  • Cows must give birth to a calf in order to produce milk. >> Farm Facts: Dairy Cows

Sources: The United States Department of Agriculture, The Agriculture Council of America

Want to learn more interesting facts about agriculture across America? Head over to My American Farm and play the Ag Across America game. You’ll learn more facts and test out your geography skills. The game was developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

SEE ALSO: Farm Facts: The United States Farmer

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