Today, 10/12/2018, is National Farmers Day so take some time to thank a farmer!
Top 10 Fascinating Farming Facts For National Farmer’s
- Farming employs more than 24 million American workers. (17% of the total workforce)
- Agricultural efficiency has increased over the past century from 27.5 acres / worker in 1890 to 740 acres / worker in 1990.
- Seeds had to be scattered by hand until Jethro Tull’s seed drill (developed in 1701) made it possible to plant seeds in rows, which could then be easily hoed.
- The word “farm” is from the Old French ferme, meaning to “rent, lease,” and the Latin firmare, “to fix, settle, confirm, strengthen.”
- In 1954, the number of tractors on farms surpassed the number of horses and mules for the first time.
- Approximately 60% of the farmers in the United States are 55 years old or older. Aging farmers have led to concern about the long-term health of family farms.
- Farmers today produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs (such as seeds, labor, fertilizers) than they did in 1950.
- Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture. The United States produces more beef than any other country.
- Farmers often plant tall, dense trees on the edges of fruit farms. These trees provide windbreak, which helps prevent soil erosion.
- More than 100 agricultural crops in the U.S. are pollinated by bees. In fact, one out of three bites of food people eat is thanks to honeybees.
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