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30 Interesting Facts about Farming

by FarmAgLoans | Posted on Mar. 11, 2014

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  1. Agriculture or farming began around 10,000 B.C. during the First Agricultural Revolution, when nomadic tribes began to farm. Moreover, this is when the eight "founder crops" of agriculture appeared: emmer wheat, einkorn wheat, barley, lentil, pea, chick pea, bitter vetch, and flax.
  2. Plows were invented in the Middle East soon after agriculture began. The earliest plow, called an ard, was made from sharpened tree branches. It is considered as one of the most important inventions in the advancement of the human society.
  3. Tractors were invented in the 1880s to pull plows through fields. By the 1920s the all purpose, modern tractor had been developed and used for plowing, planting, moving, and harvesting.
  4. The American agriculture industry supports 24 million U.S. jobs, making them the largest employer in the nation and comprises 17% of the total workforce.
  5. Cotton is the fifth fastest growing crops in the USA. An average 98% of cotton is grown in 17 states stretching from Virginia to California. Texas tops the production.
  6. Corn is the fastest growing crops in the US and the most produced grain in the world. There are about 90 million acres of land planted with corn in the U.S. and produces about 40% of the world.
  7. Soybean ranks 2nd for the fastest growing crops in the US, supplying 50% of the world. Soybean oil is the most widely used vegetable oil. It is found in margarine's, salad dressings, canned foods, sauces, bakery goods, and processed fried foods.
  8. Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
  9. Elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.
  10. There are over 500 different types of bananas. That means if you ate a different kind of banana every day, it would take almost a year and a half to eat every one!

  1. In the winter, apple trees need to "rest" for about 900-1,000 hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in order to flower and fruit properly.
  2. In 1970, consumption of broccoli was only a half a pound per person. Today, the average person in the United States eats four and one half pounds a year.
  3. Spending on farm policy including crop insurance was down 20% over the past five years.
  4. It takes just 40 days for most Americans to earn enough money to pay for their food supply for the entire year. In comparison with the 129 days it takes the average American to earn enough money to pay federal, state and local taxes for the year.
  5. For every $1 spent on food, farmers receive less than 12 cents for the raw products.
  6. In 2012, the average age of principal farm operators was 58.3 years, up 1.2 years since 2007, and continuing a 30-year trend of steady increase. The older age groups all increased in number between 2007 and 2012.
  7. A total of 41% of U.S. total land area is farmland (938.28 million acres). In 1900, the average farm size was 147 acres, compared to 441 acres today.
  8. A new technique called "precision farming" boosts crop yields and reduces waste by using satellite maps and computers to match seed, fertilizer and crop protection applications to local soil conditions.
  9. Farmers have enrolled a total of 31 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program to protect the environment and provide habitat for wildlife.

  1. U.S. farm programs typically cost each American just penny per meal and account for less than one-half of 1 percent of the total U.S. budget.
  2. About 31% of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exporting farm products.
  3. 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.
  4. Today's farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.
  5. Farm and ranch families comprise just 2% of the U.S. population.
  6. Of the 2.2 million farms in the United States, 87% are owned by an individual or a married couple responsible for operating the farm.
  7. Livestock farming feeds billions of people and employs 1.3 billion people. That means about 1 in 5 people on Earth work in some aspect of the livestock farming.
  8. Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture. The United States produces more beef than any other country. About 34 million cows are slaughtered in the U.S. each year.
  9. The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year.
  10. Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they can make for communicating.
  11. Pigs don't have sweat glands, so they must roll in mud to stay cool and prevent sunburns.

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References:
http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications /2012/Preliminary_Report/Highlights.pdf
http://www.mspca.org/programs/pet-owner- resources/pet-owner-guides/farm-animal-care-adoption/interesting-facts-about.html
http://www.farmpolicyfacts.org/index.php /real-facts/
http://www.agday.org/media/factsheet.php
http://www.fb.org/index.php/index.php? action=newsroom.fastfacts
http://www.nff.org.au/farm-facts.html
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