Agriculture: An Extraordinary Industry

Today is National Ag Day!

According to the Ag Day Organization, National Ag Day is a day to identify the role Agriculture plays in our everyday lives.  It’s a day to recognize Producers, Associations, Universities, Researchers, Government Agencies, Policy Makers and Industry Leaders that have contributed to making Agriculture what it is today. 

March 19Not only do we need to recognize Agriculture, but we need to celebrate it.  Here are a few facts to commemorate:

97% of all farms are Family owned

2/3rds of all Cattle Operations have been in the same family for at least two generations.

Two times more food is produced by today’s farmers than their parents produced using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions.

Today the land required to produce all meat, milk and eggs for each person in the U.S. has declined by 66% compared to 1960.

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Agriculture uses innovative technologies to develop better methods of farming, ranching, milking and producing pork, poultry and eggs.  The United States is producing a larger supply of safe, nutritional and affordable food than they ever have before.

154 million people in lived in the United States in 1950.  At that time, there were 5.6 million farms and one farmer fed 25-30 people.  In 2010 the U.S. population was 310 million people, with 2 million farms.  One farmer fed about 155 people.

U.S. Diary Producers provide 63% more milk with 58% fewer cows than they did in 1950.  Today each gallon of milk produces a 63% smaller carbon footprint, creates 76% less manure, uses 65% less water and 90% less land than in 1944.

Today, pork producers provide 176% more pork per sow with 44% fewer sows than they did in 1950.

American Farmers grow 40% of the World’s corn.  They are producing 333% more corn on 11% more acres.  The average corn yield for one acre of land is 154 bushels.  During the corn growing season each acre of corn removes 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air.

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Agriculture is not an easy way to make a living.  But, there are many things to celebrate: the birth of new babies, planting, caring for and harvesting crops, turning cattle out to grass in the spring, a good day’s work, managing your own business, living and passing on a family tradition.      

Agriculture is all I know.  The only time I lived on paved streets was when I attended college and shortly after.  I was out “helping” my parents before I could walk.  I grew up working next to Mom and Dad outside learning how to handle and care for livestock.  We did the non-cattle jobs too: cutting cedar trees and plumb thickets, fencing, cleaning up abandoned homesteads, pulling tow line irrigation pipe over our hay field and much more.  Growing up in this great industry has made me who I am today. 

I currently ranch with my husband and his parents.  The Rancher and I are the 4th generation to raise cattle, put up hay and produce small grains on this land.  I am proud of my family, proud of our lifestyle, proud of who I am and what I am doing.  I am simply Ag Proud. 

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Ag Facts for this post came from The Farm Forum Green Sheet and Food Ethics blog post at RealRanchers.com.

Linking Up With:

Observing National Ag Day with Ryan Goodman at Agriculture Proud and Janice Person at A Colorful Adventure

Rurality Blog Hop #7 with Madge at The View From Right Here

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11 Responses to Agriculture: An Extraordinary Industry

  1. Wonderful post, Robyn. As usual, your pictures are so truly beautiful. Happy Agriculture Day!

    Anne

  2. Ellie says:

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your website after stumbling on it accidentally. I decend from farmers and ranchers. Even though my immediate family are city slickers/medical professionals, I had the opportunity to spend my summers on my uncle’s cattle ranch. I learned what hard work was, but boy, did I have a blast! God bless our ag folks. (I must also add that I enjoyed that Ram(?) commercial during the Super Bowl, ie the one about the farmers. Great ad.)

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Ellie! It’s always good to get feed back from non-ag people.

      I am glad that you had the opportunity to spend your summers growing up helping on your Uncle’s Ranch. I am sure you learned a lot while having fun. You are right it was Ram that ran the “God Made A Farmer” commercial during the Super Bowl.

  3. Buttons says:

    Oh I do love being a Farmer and I know you do too even when we have those bad days we know it will work out and we are doing the right thing. Hug B

  4. Kim says:

    More cute calf photos! What a great way to celebrate Ag Day, Robyn!

  5. Taylor-Made Ranch says:

    What a great post. I haven’t been a rancher all my life, but I’ve been doing it for long enough to know your words are true – it’s not an easy way to make a living, but so many things to celebrate! I celebrate them all and there’s no place I’d rather be. Thanks for sharing! (visiting from Rurality Blog Hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas
    http://www.taylormaderanch.com/blog

  6. Karen says:

    Agriculture has made many big strides forward – thanks for the information. The photos of the cows are adorable!

  7. Carol says:

    You do work hard and deserve to be commended ~ Wonderful photography and beautiful animals ~ Enjoy ^_^

  8. Jori says:

    Beautiful cows! Happy Agriculture Day! I sure am thankful for all farmers!!

  9. Candy C. says:

    My hat is off to you and your family in celebration of Ag Day! Thanks for all you do! 🙂

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