COUNTY AG NEWS
National agriculture week March 22-28, 2020
National Agriculture Week 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 the United States there are 2.04 million farms and ranches with an average size of 441 acres. (2017 Census of Census Agriculture)
Managing these farms are 2.17 million male producers and 1.23 million female producers. (2017 Census of Census Agriculture)
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 165 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 than has been produced in 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, an acre of corn produces enough oxygen to supply a year’s needs for 131 people.
Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Each year, members of the agricultural industry gather together to promote American agriculture. This effort helps educate millions of consumers. By far, the most effective part of this program is the role you play in helping spread the word. A few generations ago, most Americans were directly involved in—or had relatives or friends involved in—agricultural-related endeavors. Today, that is no longer the case. That is why it is so important that we join together at the community level and recognize the importance of agriculture.
On National Ag Day – March 24– recognize our farmers. Find out how at agday.org.
As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States.
Ag Day is about recognizing - and celebrating - the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to: Understand how food and fiber products are produced; Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy; Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
Agriculture offers numerous career employment opportunities. Career choices include; farm production, agribusiness management and marketing, agricultural research and engineering, food science, processing and retailing, banking, education, landscape architecture, urban planning, energy, and other fields.