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America's Farmers

FACT SHEET

America’s Farmers

  • The average farmer feeds 155 people.
  • Almost 98% of today’s farms are run by families, or family owned corporations
  • Farmers are environmentalists, maintaining and improving the soil and natural resources to pass on to future generations.
  • Today’s farmer grows twice as much food as their parents did, using fewer resources.
  • Out of each dollar spent on food, the farmer only receives  nineteen cents
  • Agriculture employs more than 24 million American workers
  • U.S farmers produce 41.56% of the world’s corn.
  • Farmers and Ranchers provide habitat for 75% of the nation’s wildlife.
  • Producing a safe, high quality product is important to farmers. Most are trained in agriculture pesticide use, as well as livestock assurance programs.
  • Canada and Mexico are the two largest trading partners of the United States. They account for nearly one third of all U.S. agricultural exports.
  • Once acre of land, which is about the size of a football field can produce 810 pounds of cotton, 2,694 pounds of wheat, 31,000 pounds of oranges, 35,600 pounds of lettuce, or 46,500 pounds of strawberries.
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