I grew up in Missouri and knew there was a lot of this type of land, but had no idea it occupied such a large percentage of the state. If I told you that there was 66% of a certain type of land covering Missouri, what would you say?

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I found this in a fun article by MSN sharing 147 interesting facts about Missouri. Right in the middle is this staggering number representing what covers 66% of the state. I'll give you two guesses, but you'll likely only need one. It is...

Farms

Of course, it's farms. My grandma and grandpa on both sides of my family had Missouri farms at one time or another so this really shouldn't be that big of a surprise. The MSN article goes on to say that Missouri "is home to almost 10,000 farms which cover 66% of the state’s total land area. Soybean and corn are the state’s top crops."

Whenever someone who doesn't live in our part of America starts giving Missouri a hard time because of what they consider our "backwards way of life", I get pretty defensive. Don't know about you, but I'm proud of the heritage of farmers that have kept the country fed. My grandparents had dairy cows and worked from sun up to sun down to make a life for the family. I'll never apologize for that. Matter of fact, I'll brag about it whenever I get the chance.

Now you know (if you didn't already) that Missouri is two-thirds farms and we wouldn't want it any other way.

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