SUPER BOWL XLVII GETS A TEXAS-SIZED PUSH FROM AGRICULTURE
AUSTIN — Our Texas football teams will be watching from the sidelines, but Texas agriculture will still take the field when Super Bowl XLVII kicks off February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Whether you root for the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers, make sure to also cheer on the farmers and ranchers who make the Bowl so Super.
- Leather is used to make footballs, and in Texas we lead the nation in cattle with nearly 12 million head generating an annual production value of more than $11 billion .
- Texas produced 5 million bales of cotton in 2012, which is enough to make a Super Bowl Championship T-shirt for every person in the U.S. - and China, India, Russia, Mexico and Japan.
- Peanuts are a favorite snack at football games, and in Texas we produced 508 million pounds in 2012 - enough to make more than 5 billion peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches or 1 billion 8-ounce bags of roasted peanuts.
- Hot dogs are a traditional favorite at football games, and in Texas our pork industry has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $110 million.
- Hot dogs also need hot dog buns. Texas growers produce an average 90 million bushels of wheat annually - enough to make more than 25 billion hot dog buns.
- How better to celebrate a Super Bowl Championship than with a good steak dinner? Texas produces about 7 billion pounds of beef each year. That’s the equivalent of 14 billion 8-ounce steaks or enough to supply 130 steaks to every person watching the game in the United States (according to Nielson estimates, last year’s Super Bowl attracted a record 111 million U.S. viewers).
- Cornstarch can be used to make a biodegradable plastic for drink cups, utensils and more. Texas growers produced 202 million bushels of corn in 2012.
- A football field, including the end zones, is 360 feet long by 160 feet wide and covers 1.3 acres. By comparison, Texas is home to 144 million acres of agricultural and rural land - more than any other state in the nation.
- Texas is a leading dairy state and produces enough milk each year to fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome more than seven times.
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