Neat Facts About United States Agriculture

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In honor of July 4th here are some neat facts about United States Agriculture!


1)     There are approximately 2.2 million farms in the United States with majority of the farms found in the area called the Great Plains.

2)     "Sodbuster" and "Swampbuster" restrictions written into federal farm programs starting in the 1970s reversed a decades-long trend of habitat destruction that began in 1942 when farmers were encouraged to plant all possible land in support of the war effort.

3)     Corn is the #1 agricultural product by value in the United States.

4)     United States is also the world’s largest producer of corn, producing 32 percent in the early 2010’s.

5)     As of 2008, only 2-3 percent of the population is employed in agriculture versus 70-80 percent in 1870.

6)     In 2010, $115 billion worth of American ag products were exported.

7)     Farmers and ranchers receive only 16 percent out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home.

8)     97 percent of U.S. Farms are operated by families, individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.

9)     Today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.

10)  One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export.

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

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