Today the average farmer feeds 155 people.

To keep up with projected population growth, more food will have to be produced in the next 50 years as the past 10,000 years combined. Find out more about the efforts of today’s United States farmers:

• Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. In 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people.

• Today’s farmer grows twice as much food as his parents did – using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions.

• U.S. farmers produce about 40 percent of the world’s corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.

• American farmers ship more than $100 billion of their crops and products to many nations.

• Agriculture provides more than 24 million U.S. jobs in all kinds of industries.

Sources: United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Council of America

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