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What is national farmer’s day? National Farmer’s Day takes place on October 12th, and it offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation. In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and families who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day. Thank a farmer today.

So why are farmers so important? Farmers are responsible for the food that we eat and the clothes that we wear. Here is a list of farm products we use every day.

Cotton Lint

  • Jeans, towels, bed sheets, socks, and cord for car tires

Cotton Seed Oil

  • The oil is used for frying, margarine, soap, and salad dressings

Cotton Seed Meal

  • Cotton seed meal is left over after the oil is extracted and used to feed livestock

Forestry Products

  • Wood and Paper
  • Carnuba Wax – it comes from palm trees and it is used in car wax, shoe polish, and lipstick.
  • Essential Oils – Many essential oils come from trees for instance tea tree, eucalyptus, cedar, pine.
  • Spices – Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice, Nutmeg, Bay leaves
  • Rubber – Latex Gloves, Golf Balls, Rubber Hoses, Rubber Belts.


  • Boiled and Roasted Peanuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Oil is one of the best frying oils because it has a high scorch point
  • Candy Bars
  • Cosmetics like shampoos, body wash, and lotions
  • Livestock Feed


  • Dairy Products – milk, ice cream, cheese, coffee creamers.
  • Sports Balls – basketballs, footballs, baseballs, volleyballs.
  • Soaps – some soaps contain beef fat to keep your hands soft.
  • Gelatin – jell-o, marshmallows, gummy bears, gum.
  • Medicines – some insulin and anti-rejection medications for transplants can come from cattle
  • Meat – hamburgers, steaks, roasts, hotdogs


  • Meat – nuggets, chicken fingers, fried chicken, hot dogs.
  • Eggs
  • Pet Food

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