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SEDGWICK COUNTY AGRICULTURE STATS

1,344 farms accounting for 486,723 acres and $148.5 million in crop & livestock sales in 2012

http://agriculture.ks.gov/countystatistics

Commodity Production

  • Wheat: 8.89 million bushels
  • Corn: 5.01 million bushels
  • Soybeans: 2.65 million bushels
  • Hay: 84,700 tons
  • Cattle on feed: 1,000 

Agriculture in Sedgwick County:

  • Average size of farms: 394 acres
  • Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $55,664
  • Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $135.84
  • The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 7.48%
  • The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 36.17%
  • Average total farm production expenses per farm: $46,625
  • Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 66.38%
  • Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $74,462
  • The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.75%
  • Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
  • Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.89
  • Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 9.83%
  • Corn for grain: 23,652 harvested acres
  • All wheat for grain: 180,702 harvested acres
  • Upland cotton: 1,738 harvested acres
  • Soybeans for beans: 32,809 harvested acres
  • Vegetables: 126 harvested acres
  • Land in orchards: 177 acres

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/county/Sedgwick_County-KS.html#ixzz3VEr41l8x


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OCCUPATIONS IN AGRICULTURE

While jobs in agriculture certainly include farmers and ranchers, there are many more occupations included in this field. 

  • Agronomist - Crop research scientist, Plant Breeder, Plant Pathologist
  • Agriculture Grader - Sort agricultural products according to their size, quality and type.
  • Animal Scientist - Research animals, Animal husbandry, Animal Nutritionist
  • Dairy Scientist - Research of dairy cattle, Animal breeder, Dairy management specialist, Dairy nutrition specialist
  • Dairy Technologist - Dairy manufacturing technologist, Dairy products technologist
  • Farm Equipment Mechanic - Service, repair and maintain the equipment
  • Farm Management - Decisions related to the financial and practical operation of a farm
  • Fiber Technologist - Study nature of plant, animal and synthetic fibers
  • Forest Ecologist - Research forests, class, history, cycle requirements
  • Forester - Manage and develope forest land; Entomologist, Plant pathologist, Soil conservationist, Forest examiner, Consulting forester, Forest ranger, Forest recreationist, Forest supervisor, Research forester and Timber management specialist
  • Greenhouse Manager - Oversee the daily operations of facilities that cultivate plants for research and commercial use 
  • Horticulturist - Experiment and investigate fruits, nuts and berries, vegetables, flowers, trees and more
  • Landscaping Supervisor
  • Pesticide Technician - Pest control, Pesticide handling
  • Poultry Scientist - Research and examine poultry
  • Range Manager - Range management specialist
  • Soil Conservationist -  Plan and develope practices for soil
  • Soil Scientist - Study soil characteristics
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Seed Analyst - Farm seed specialist

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UNDERSTANDING GMOS

GMOs are a valuable technology used in science, medicine, and agriculture that are misunderstood and misrepresented. Utilizing GMOS allow those in agriculture to be more efficient, effective, and productive. 

For more information, visit GMO Answers

When people refer to genetically modified organisms - GMOs - they are referring to crops developed through genetic engineering, a more precise method of plant breeding.  Genetic engineering, also referred to as biotechnology, allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait found in nature and transfer it from one plant or organism to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing. 

The nine genetically modified crops available today include: sweet and field corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, potatoes, and squash.  GM apples have been approved and will be commercially available in Fall 2017.  GM crops were created for insect resistance, drought tolerance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, enhanced nutritional content, reduced food waste, and improved manufacturing processes.

And yes, GMOs are safe to eat. The overwhelming consensus of scientific experts and worldwide authorities, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and American Medical Association, have all concurred on the safety of GMOs. 

(https://gmoanswers.com/gmo-basics)

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HOROMONES & YOUR BEEF

Confusion and concern have arisen concerning beef produced with additional hormones. The development and use of hormone implants is highly regulated by the U.S. FDA, and in reality, the amount of hormones in beef is minuscule compared to amounts naturally occurring in other foods we eat. Continue below to learn more. 

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Each pint jar of M&M’s represents the amount of nanograms found in different kinds of food and in the human body naturally in comparison to the amount found in beef. In the pint jar furthest to the right, there is a sixth of an M&M. This sliver of an M&M represents the amount of hormones found in a 3-oz. serving of beef from cattle that received an implant. In the two middle pint jars are the amount of hormones found in a 3-oz. serving of potatoes, about 20 M&Ms, and a jar showing the hormones in peas containing a few more M&Ms. The pint jar on the left end, which is full of M&Ms, showcases the amount found in a 3-oz serving of cabbage.