Celebrating National Agriculture WeekMarch 22, 2021

National Agriculture Week, March 21-27, is devoted to educating people about where food, fiber, and fuel come from. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies, and others join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

In celebration of National Ag Week, here are some agricultural and farm facts:

  • According to most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are 386,531 men working as farmers and ranchers. There are 51,865 women working as farmers and ranchers.
  • A farmer today grows twice as much food as his parents did – using less land, energy, water, and fewer emissions.
  • Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. In 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people.
  • To keep up with population growth more food will have to be produced in the next 50 years as the past 10,000 years combined.
  • U.S. farmers produce about 40 percent of the world’s corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.
  • According to the USDA, one acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season. At 180 bushels per acre, corn produces enough oxygen to supply a year’s needs for 131 people.
  • More than 40,000 patents related to agricultural inputs (seed, fertilizer, farm power, implements machinery and irrigation) have been granted worldwide in the past ten years.

We would like to recognize and thank all of our agricultural clients during this week for being an integral part of the agricultural and farming industry and we are proud to serve you in your work.

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