National Agriculture Day
Cherry and blueberry significance to celebrate National Agriculture Day.
On March 18, 2015 the Agriculture Council of America invites you to celebrate National Agriculture Day by showing your appreciation to all those in the agriculture industry. National Agricultural Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American Agriculture. There are over seven billion people in the world today – that’s over seven billion mouths to feed every day.
Today, in Michigan, there are almost four million cherry trees which annually produce 150 to 200 pounds of tart cherries. Michigan State University Extension defines some benefits of cherries:
- The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans.
- Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
- There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions). It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree could produce enough cherries for 28 pies!
Michigan and New Jersey produce 66 percent of all the blueberries in the United States, followed by North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
- Over 200 million pounds of blueberries are grown every year in North America.
- Blueberries are first picked by hand to gather the best of the early fruit. Later, if the fruit is to be mechanically harvested, a harvesting machine goes through the field and gently shakes each bush so only the ripe blueberries drop.
- Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and fiber.
- Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States.
To celebrate National Agriculture Day in Branch County (Mich.) the Branch County Farm Bureau will present the first baby born with a basket of “ag” related goodies. To find out more about the message behind National Agriculture Day, visit www.agday.org.