Did you know that without agriculture there wouldn’t be baseball? The products of our nation’s farmers and ranchers make America’s favorite past time possible whether it’s the wood from Pennsylvania’s timber farms used to create the famous Louisville Slugger or the leather gloves made from cowhide where Texas leads the nation with more than 13 million head of cattle. Texas also produces more cotton than any other state, so necessary for the player’s uniforms, but we can thank North Carolina for the pinch of tobacco in the pitcher’s cheek. Moving on to the best part – the food. Florida grows the sugarcane for the cotton candy, Georgia grows the most peanuts, and we can thank Iowa for the hot dogs. Nebraska takes top honors in popcorn production, New Mexico grows the majority of the jalapenos for our nachos and Washington grows the hops used in our adult beverages. So as you cheer for your favorite baseball team, give a shout out to America’s farmers and ranchers who make it all happen. This is Dalene Hodnett with the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Ag Minute.