Commissioner Hugh Weathers: The Impact Agriculture Has on Football

Football is back this weekend, and Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us the impact that agriculture has on football.

  • According to Ag in the Classroom.org agriculture is a big part of the sport
  • The footballs that are used in all NFL games are made in the United States from cow hides.
  • Wilson Company, located in Ohio, is the provider of these footballs.
  • The highest quality cowhides are chosen, sewn together, steamed, and laced specifically. Wilson has 120 employees who produce 4,000 footballs a day by hand.
  • According to NFL rules, every ball that is used in an NFL game must be a Wilson.
  • How about all that food you eat before, after or during the big game?
  • The most common food eaten during the game and throughout the day is chicken wings. It’s estimated that more than 1 billion chicken wings were consumed during the 2012 Super Bowl. That is more than 312 million chickens!
  • Furthermore, it is estimated that 8 million pounds of popcorn, 28 million pounds of potato chips, and 53.5 million pounds of avocados will be consumed during the Super Bowl.
  • Soda – Sweetened with corn syrup.
  • Hot Dogs – pork/beef in a wheat bun with relish from cucumbers.
  • Nachos and Cheese – corn flour with cheese made from dairy cows.
  • To grow this food for the big game you would need over 222,000 football fields worth of farmland.
  • Have you ever wondered about the turf that is used? The turf grass that is used for games like these is carefully grown and cared for over the span of several months.
  • A farmer dedicates his time to perfecting the sod in preparation.
  • Other items made from agricultural products include:

-Uniforms -made from cotton

-Tickets, Programs, and Schedules – These are printed on paper from trees

-Tape and Bandages – Corn dextrines and cattle gelatins are used as adhesives and binding agents

  • By continually supporting local, state, and national football programs you are supporting agriculture and that is a partnership that I can do a touchdown celebration for.