U.S. Agricultural Stats (2016) :
- Less than 2% of the U.S. population is involved with farming
- 1940, the average farmer produced food and fiber for 19 people, while in 2016, the average farmer produces enough food and fiber for 160 people.
- In reality, today, over 96% of U.S. farms are family operations.
- Today, there are about 912 million crop acres in the U.S.
- In the US, there are about 2.1 million farms
- When permanent grasslands and timber are added, there are about 2 billion acres in agriculture in the U.S. in 2016
- Today, only 37% of Americans believe that most farms are family-run (That’s one of the findings from the International Food Informaiton Council’s annual survey of consumers).
- In the U.S. farmers and ranchers receive less than $0.16 for every retail food dollar consumers pay.
Excerpts from Monterey County Farm Bureau, Farm Focus
Reposted from Facebook, June 13, 2016