Today is National Ag Day – a day to recognize the contributions of farmers, ranchers, dairymen, scientists and other agribusiness professionals. We would go hungry, naked, and homeless without the tremendous efforts of thousands of individuals across the United States to provide the rest of us with food, clothing, shelter and fuel.
Fun Farming Facts:
Farmers produce 262% MORE food with 2% FEWER inputs (labor, seeds, chemicals, etc), than they did in 1950.
One farmer feeds 155 people
97% of all farms are family-owned
14% of US farms are operated by women
21 million American workers produce, process and sell the nation’s food, fuel and fiber
90 loaves of bread can be made with 1 bushel of wheat
94% of farmers own a smartphone
American’s only spend about 10% of their incomes on food – the lowest percentage
For every $1 spent on food, the farmer only receives $.12 for the raw product
Only 210,000 US farmers produce 80% of our food and fiber