Americans buy more chicken than any other food as for their main course. With chicken consumption rising nearly every year since the 1960’s, our nation’s “broilers” production is valued at around $26 billion.
Vegetables are part of a balanced daily diet and provide essential nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C, and folic acid. In 2016, the U.S. produced vegetables with a value of $19 billion.
Valued at around $47 billion, corn accounts for 35% of our nation’s crop area and serves as an important source of food, feed, and fuel.
Beans are an excellent source of vegetable protein and minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. They are rich in folic acid and soluble dietary fiber. The common bean has been grown for about six thousand years in the Americas.
Rice is the primary staple for more than half of the world’s population. While most rice is grown in Asia, the U.S. produces near $2.5 billion in cash receipts.
Dairy products are an excellent source of nutrients, vitamin D, and protein and are associated with better bone health, especially in children. Valued at $35 billion, there are over 40,000 dairy farms in the U.S.
Fruit is part of a balanced daily diet and provides essential nutrients that are important for health. The U.S. fruit and tree nuts industry generates, on average, over $25 billion in farm cash receipts annually.