Farming your school supplies

By Brandie Piper

Published Aug. 5, 2015 on

We already know that everything we eat began with a farmer. But did you know crops aren’t just used for food? Among other things, some are closely tied to back-to-school supplies.

Here’s a look at how some common crops contribute to the production of some school supplies:

Crayons are a staple school supply for many elementary school children, and it doesn’t take many soybeans to produce a large number of crayons. One acre of soybeans (about 40 bushels) can make 82,368 crayons. That means a pack of 24 crayons for 3,432 students… [continue reading]

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