May is Beef Month (in most areas)

Resources to use in your state

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A Sample Beef Month Proclamation
SBC Logo
Name of Beef Council
Town where SBC is located
WHEREAS American agriculture helps feed the world’s citizens, provides fuel for transportation and fiber for money and clothing; and 
WHEREAS today’s American farmer feeds about 150 people worldwide every day1; and
WHEREAS beef cattle production represents the largest single segment of U.S. agriculture, with cattle and calves adding more than $50 billion to the U.S. economy in 20072; and
WHEREAS the U.S. raises 20 percent of the world’s beef with 7 percent of the world’s cattle, and in 2011, the value of beef exports exceeded $5 billion for the first time in history3; and
WHEREAS ….. STATE/BEEF STATS HERE about beef value to state economy, etc.
WHEREAS more than 8 out of 10 consumers eat fresh beef an average of 1.7 times a week at home4; and
WHEREAS scientific research continues to document lean beef’s role in lowering “bad” cholesterol5, building muscle and cognitive health and provides other healthy benefits to in people of all ages; and
WHEREAS a 3 oz. serving of lean been is about 150 calories and a top dietary source of protein and 9 other essential nutrients6; and 
WHEREAS beef simply tastes delicious on a ___________ (BEEF MONTH) night,
I THEREFORE proclaim month/week/day as ________ (state) Beef Month!

(1) U.S. Ag Council
(2) USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service
(3) NASS; U.S. Meat Export Federation
(4) U.S. NPD Group’s National Eating Trends Service
(5) Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, 2012 The Pennsylvania State University
(6) USDA;

Agricultural Statistics

In General

  • The number of farms in the United States in 2011 was estimated at 2.2 million.
  • The number of operations with cattle totaled 922,000 for 2011.
  • In 2011, agriculture employed 748,800 workers.
  • It takes just 40 days for most Americans to earn enough money to pay for their food supply for the entire year. In comparison, it takes the average American 129 days to earn enough money to pay federal, state and local taxes for the year.


Know Your Farmer and Rancher

  • 98.3 percent of U.S. farmers are owned by individuals/families, family-held corporations or family partnerships.
  • The average age of U.S. farmers and ranchers is 57.8 years old (2007)

Know Your Farm

  • In 2010, the top five agriculture commodities were cattle and calves; corn; soybeans; dairy products and broilers,
  • In a year’s time a dairy cow produces 1,500 gallons or 6,000 quarts of milk. A Jersey cow will give as much as 3 to 4 gallons or around 16 quarts of milk each day.

The Original Environmentalists

  • The environment and everyone in it benefits from research on biodegradable plant products that break down easily in landfills.
  • Agricultural land provides food and habitat for 75% of the nation's wildlife. Deer, moose, fowl and other species have shown significant population increases in the past several years.

Did You Know?

  • The top 5 counties for agricultural sales are all located in California (Fresno, Tulare, Kern, Merced and Monterey)!
  • Farmers grow corn on every continent except Antarctica.Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family; apples are a member of the rose family and asparagus is a member of the lily family.

It Tastes Good, and Is Good For You

  • Apples are high in fiber.
  • Bananas are about 99.5% fat free.
  • Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.
  • The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans.
  • Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  • Peaches are a good source of Vitamin C.
  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Onions contain a mild antibiotic that fights infections, soothes burns, tames bee stings and relieves the itch of athletes foot.

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