Texas agriculture shines at Super Bowl

Texas agriculture shines at Super Bowl

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by KVUE.com

kvue.com

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Texas football teams may be watching from the sidelines, but there's a good chance Texas made product will take the field when Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off Sunday, February 2 at the MetLife Stadium.

Agriculture industries in Texas will play a big role in this weekend's game. Here is a few ways how Texas industry will make an appearance at Super Bowl XLVIII:

  • Footballs are made from leather, and Texas leads the nation in cattle production with more than 11 million head generating an annual production value of more than $10 billion.
  • Texas produced 5 million bales of cotton in 2013, 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.
  • Peanut are a popular snack at football games, and Texas produced 433 million pounds in 2013. That's enough to make more than 4 billion peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
  • Hot dogs are a favorite at football games, and the Texas pork industry has an annual statewide economic impact of $110 million.
  • Hot dogs need buns. Texas growers produced an average 90 million bushels of wheat annually. That is enough to make more than 25 billion hot dog buns.
  • How better to celebrate a Super Bowl Championship 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 U.S.
  • Cornstarch can be used to make biodegradable plastic for drink cups, utensils and more. Texas growers produced 276 million bushels of corn in 2013.

This information was provided by Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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