Whether you turned on the tube Sunday evening to watch the football game, catch the advertisements or watch NBC’s “The Voice” following Super Bowl XLVI, there’s a good bet you enjoyed the evening with friends, family and food. While most folks probably don’t think too much about it, agriculture was the MVP of the main event, and the Texas Department of Agriculture reminds us with a few fun facts. Pass them along!
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Did you know?
- Leather is used to make footballs. Texas leads the nation with 12 million head, generating an annual production value of more than $7.5 billion.
- Hot dogs are a traditional favorite at football games. Texas’ pork industry has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $250 million.
- How better to celebrate a Super Bowl championship than with a good steak dinner? Texas produces about 7 billion lbs. of beef/year. That’s the equivalent of 14 billion 8-oz. steaks or enough to supply 130 steaks to every person watching the game in the U.S.
- A football field, including the end zones, is 360 ft. long, 160 ft. wide and covers 1.3 acres. By comparison, Texas encompasses 144 million acres of agricultural and rural land - more than any other state in the nation.
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