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.
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.
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.
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.