This year, National Agriculture Week takes place from March 21-March 27, 2021.
What is the point of national agriculture week?
The week is devoted to educating people about where food, fiber, & fuel come from. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies, and others join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
To celebrate, check out these Agriculture Facts:
- One U.S. farm feeds 166 people annually in the U.S. and abroad.
- 86% of U.S. ag products sold are produced on family farms or ranches.
- Cattle and calves, corn, and soybeans are the top 3 U.S. farm products.
- One acre of land can grow a variety of crops, including 50,000 pounds of strawberries or 2,784 pounds (46.4 bushels) of wheat.
- Many Americans celebrate holidays with food, spending a total of nearly $14 billion each year.
- Dairy cows produce 6-7 gallons of milk a day.
- Fungus helps trees grow.
- Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities.
- In 2019, the top 10 agricultural producing States in terms of cash receipts were (in descending order): California, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana.
- Total U.S. corn yield (tons per acre) has increased more than 360% since 1950.
- The USDA has new rules for buying seeds online.
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