As published in: Independent Journal Review

Agriculture is the foundation of our national economy, and Iowa plays an important role in ensuring folks across the country and around the world have access to a safe and affordable food supply.

In the United States Senate, I have the honor of serving on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry where we work to ensure those in the ag industry can continue to do what they do best; produce world-class goods that feed a hungry and growing population, without undue regulatory burdens from Washington.

This week, let us take time to celebrate the significant contributions Iowa agriculture makes to feeding and fueling the world.

1.   Today alone, Iowa will produce an astonishing 20 million pounds of pork and 25 million eggs.


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2.   Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, producing enough E-85 each year to drive a pickup truck around the earth’s equator 2.4 million times.


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3.   Iowa also leads the nation in egg production, and produces 8.4 million turkeys each year.


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4.   Last year, Iowa produced 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 553 million bushels of soybeans, which is more than any other state in the U.S., and more than all but a handful of countries!


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5.   Iowa produces enough milk each year to fill over 18 billion bowls of cereal, totaling more than 560 million gallons.


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6.   Over 97 percent of Iowa’s 88,500 farms are family-owned.


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Senator Joni Ernst grew up on her family’s farm in southwest Iowa. In the U.S. Senate, she serves on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy. Senator Ernst also serves on the subcommittees of Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agricultural Research as well as Livestock, Marketing and Agricultural Security. Click here to read more on her work on behalf of Iowa agriculture.

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