7 Farm Gleanings

  • Guzzling gallons

    Guzzling gallons
    Cows drink the equivalent of a bathtub of water each day.

    Source: Care2

  • U.S. Farmland

    Every minute, 1 acre of U.S. farmland is lost. From 2002 to 2007, 4 million acres of agriculture land were converted to developed uses.

    Source: American Farmland Trust

  • Pounds of pasta

    Pounds of pasta
    Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year. If you lined up 6 billion 16-ounce packages of spaghetti, they would circle the Earth about 54 times.

    Source: National Pasta Association

  • Production expenses

    Farm production expenses average $109,359 per year per farm.

    Source: EPA

  • Dutch Tip

    Dutch Tip
    Most farmers have rent and equipment payments due on March 1. Sell on Valentine’s Day to avoid the late February sell-off, and then take the wife out to dinner.

    Source: Al Kluis Farmer’s Almanac

  • Disproportionate income

    Disproportionate income
    On average, rural household incomes are $40,287, compared with metropolitan households earning $51,244.

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 annual report

  • Wise words

    Wise words
    “Our farmers deserve praise, not condemnation, and their efficiency should be cause for gratitude, not something for which they are penalized.”
    – John F. Kennedy

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