Day 285 – Happy National Farmers Day! It’s a day for everyone to acknowledge the hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation.
Here are some interesting farming facts:
- There are about 2 million farms in the U.S. – Nearly all these farms are family-run.
- One U.S. farm can feed 166 people – Farmers around the world will have to grow about 70% more food than they do now in order to meet demands by the year 2050.
- U.S. has more than 900 million acres of farmland
- Top farm products in the U.S. are cattle, corn and soybeans
- Soybean production is key to making crayons – One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
- The U.S. is home to 47 breeds of sheep – Every baseball requires 150 yards of wool.
- Net losses at US farms are on the rise – Most farmers need outside work to make ends meet.
- Less than 1% of US farmland is organic – The vast majority of the organic food consumed in the U.S. is imported.
- The US is the world’s third-biggest food supplier – U.S. farmers produce 10% of the world’s wheat and 20% percent of the world’s beef, pork, and lamb.
- Most farmers’ markets source products within 50 miles – Farmers who supply supermarkets typically live 1,500 miles away. On average, farmers get about 17 cents of every dollar that store shoppers spend on food; those at farmers’ markets take home more than 90% of food dollars.
So if you get a chance, thank the farmers who plow, sow, raise, feed, and harvest to provide the food and materials that our country needs to succeed.
Tomorrow, breaking it down!