Nathional Thank A Farmer Day
Farmers are the backbone of our country.
Every time you eat a meal, put on a tshirt, wrap your family in a blanket, or fill up your car with gas, you should thank a farmer. Sometimes we forget just how important these men and women in agriculture are.
As we move into harvest season, let’s take a look at some facts to celebrate all that farmers offer us.
2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 98% of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations
87% 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 day’s production for a high-producing dairy cow yields 4.8 pounds of butter or 8.7 gallons of ice cream or 10.5 pounds of cheese.
Farmers and ranchers receive only 15 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents.
The pounds of feed (grain, forage, etc.) a dairy cow needs to eat to produce 100 pounds of milk has decreased by more than 40% on average in the last 40 years.
About 11% of U.S. farmers are serving or have served in the military.
National Thank a Farmer day is October 12th, and if you ask us it should be every day. Take a moment to thank the farmers and their families in your life, or share online with #ThankAFarmer. Facts courtesy of FB.org
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