Farming facts you might not know

FarmerThere’s a certain nobility in farming. Everyone needs to eat, but not everyone has the motivation to be on the grind early and still up working late quite like farmers do.

And as time goes by, it seems that the number of farmers out there is unfortunately decreasing. On the flip side though, the farmers of today are quite good at what they do. For example, in 1940 the average farmer produced enough food to feed 19 other people. In 2010, the average farmer produced food for 155 others.

So in honor of those who produce so much of the fresh food we get to serve and you get to enjoy, here are a few more facts about farming that you might not have known. After all, these are the very people who are able to bring us high quality food fresh from the farm!

 - 2.2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 97  percent of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family  partnerships or family corporations.   

 - Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.

 - In 2010, $115 billion worth of American agricultural  products were exported around the world. The United States sells more food and  fiber to world markets than we import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance.

 - One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export.

 - 31 percent of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exports.

 - Careful stewardship by farmers has spurred a nearly 50 percent decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982.

 - More than half of America’s farmers intentionally provide habitat for wildlife. Deer, moose, fowl and other species have shown significant population increases for decades.