​67  Interesting  Facts  about  Farming VISIT  RANDOM HISTORY (11-20)

11)  More  than  6,000  different  kinds  of  apples  are  grown  around  the  world.  The  biggest producer  is  China,  followed  by  the  United  States,  Iran,  Turkey,  Russia,  Italy,  and  India.

12)  Tractors  were  invented  in  the  1880s  to  pull  plows  through  fields.  By  the  1920s  the  all  purpose,  modern  tractor  had been  developed.  With  different  attachments,  tractors  can  be  used  for  plowing,  planting,  cultivating,  mowing, harvesting,  and  moving  soil  and  heavy  equipment.

13)  Farmers  often  plant  tall,  dense  trees  on  the  edges  of  fruit  farms.  These  trees  provide  a  windbreak,  which  helps prevent  soil  erosion.

14)  The  tallest,  biggest  trees  or  bushes  do  not  always  yield  the  most  fruit.  Controlling  the  height  of  plants  helps produce  more  fruit  in  less  space.  Farmers  may  also  change  a  tree’s  shape  by  cutting  branches  or  forcing  branches  to grow  in  a  certain  direction.  The  shape  of  the  tree  affects  its  lifespan  and  the  size  of  its  fruit.

15)  Livestock  farming  feeds  billions  of  people  and  employs  1.3  billion  people.  That  means about  1  in  5  people  on  Earth  work  in  some  aspect  of  the  livestock  farming.

16)  Because  it  is  illegal  to  hunt  alligators  in  the  U.S.,  alligator  meat  must  be  purchased from  farms.  Once  an  alligator  is  5  to  7  feet  long,  it  is  ready  to  be  slaughtered  for  meat, hide,  and  teeth.

17)  Guinea  pig  farms  can  be  found  in  Peru  and  other  Latin  American  countries.  In  Peru, about  65  million  guinea  pigs  are  eaten  every  year.h Livestock  farming  employs  1.3 billion  people.

18)  In  the  United  States  and  other  developed  countries,  most  livestock  is  raised  on  large  factory  farms  called concentrated  animal  feeding  operations,  or  CAFOs.    The  largest  CAFOs  house  poultry  and  contain  more  than  125,000 chickens  at  one  time.

19)  Raising  beef  cattle  is  the  single  largest  segment  of  American  agriculture.  The  United  States  produces  more  beef than  any  other  country.  About  34  million  cows  are  slaughtered  in  the  U.S.  each  year.

20)  The  Fertile  Crescent  is  the  site  of  the  earliest  planned  sowing  and  harvesting  of  plants.

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