Farms across the United States come in all shapes and sizes. Large, small, conventional, organic, row crops, green houses, etc. No matter what type or how big the farm is, between 96-98 percent of all farms in the United States are family owned and operated. The USDA classifies family farms as “any farm organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership or family corporation.”
According to the Ag Day website, forty-one percent of the United States total land area is farmland (938.28 million acres). In 1900, the average farm size was 147 acres, compared to 441 acres today. On those acres, each farmer, on average, supplies food for 155 people in the U.S. and abroad. That is up from 25.9 persons in the 1960s.
The top five agricultural commodities are soybeans, corn, cattle/calves, dairy products and broilers (chickens). The U.S. farmers produce 46% of the world’s soybeans, 41% of the world’s corn, 20.5% of the world’s cotton and 13% of the world’s wheat.
Farmers are hard-working men and women and are producing more crops on less land than ever before. You can see some more statistics below on the infographic from The Social Silo blog.
I know that is says 10 Reasons to Thank a Farmer, but I just want to say that as a person who married a farmer and became a farm wife, I am thankful for the opportunities that we have been given and the land that we farm. No matter how big or small we are, it is our livelihood and we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!