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National Agriculture Day honors American ag workers

Agriculture.com Staff 03/20/2006 @ 7:45am

Today is National Agriculture Day. The day, celebrated each year on or around the first day of spring, is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. The goal is to honor American agricultural workers and educate the general population about how farmers help the United States maintain a strong economy and feed the world.

The day is part of National Agriculture Week, celebrated March 19-25 this year. An Ag Day luncheon and other activities were held in Washington, DC, last week, to kick the week off. Corporate sponsors of the events include ADM and John Deere. The theme of this year's celebration is "growing our energy."

Learn more at www.agday.org.

Here are some farming facts from the Agriculture Council of America:

Today's farmer feeds about 129 people in the United States and abroad. In 1960 that number was 25.8.

42% of U.S. total land area is farmland.

U.S. farmers account for 42.7 percent of the world's soybean production and 34.4 percent of the world's corn production.

Almost 90% of U.S. farms are operated by individuals or family corporations.

More than 15% of the U.S. population is employed in farm or farm-related jobs.

U.S. consumers spend roughly 9% of their income on food compared with 11% in the United Kingdom, 17% in Japan, 27% in South Africa and 53% in India.

Today's combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour. In the 1930s a farmer could harvest (by hand) about 100 bushels of corn in a nine-hour day.

Ethanol accounts for the largest industrial use of any commodity crop.

Today is National Agriculture Day. The day, celebrated each year on or around the first day of spring, is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. The goal is to honor American agricultural workers and educate the general population about how farmers help the United States maintain a strong economy and feed the world.

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