More than 25 percent
The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa.
The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages you eat on the holiday originated in Iowa.
The Hawkeye State was home to 18.9 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2010. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation's total. North Carolina (9.1 million) and Minnesota (7.2 million) were the runners-up.
The chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State of Texas since 6.5 billion pounds is the total production of cattle, which is about one-sixth of the nations total production.
And if the beef did not come from Texas, it probably came from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (3.9 billion pounds).
Number of states in which the revenue from broiler chickens was $1 billion or greater between December 2007 and November 2008. There is a good chance that one of these states -- Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas -- is the source of your barbecued chicken.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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