​67  Interesting  Facts  about  Farming VISIT  RANDOM HISTORY (21-30)

21)  Popular  movies  about  farming  include  Country  (1984),  The  River  (1984),  Out  of  Africa  (1985),  Giant  (1956),  and  The Big  Country  (1958).

22)  There  are  around  2.2  million  farms  in  the  United  States.

23)  Approximately  97%  of  U.S.  farms  are  operated  by  families,  family  partnerships,  or  family  corporations.

24)  Farm  and  ranch  families  comprise  just  2%  of  the  U.S.  population. 

25)  Farmers  today  produce  262%  more  food  with  2%  fewer  inputs  (such  as  seeds,  labor, fertilizers)  than  they  did  in  1950.

26)  One  in  three  farm  acres  is  planted  for  export.

27)  Seeds  had  to  be  scattered  by  hand  until  Jethro  Tull’s  seed  drill  (developed  in  1701) made it  possible  to  plant  seeds  in  rows,  which  could  then  be  easily  hoed.n The  seed  drill  allowed  crops  to  be planted  in  neat  rows.

28)  In  2006,  the  average  American  farmer  grew  enough  food  for  144  other  people.  In  1940,  the  average  farmer  grew food  for  19  other  people  (which  was  close  to  enough  food).

29)  U.S.  dairy  farmers  receive  less  than  $1.32  per  gallon  of  milk  they  produce.  The  average  retail  price  of  milk  $2.76. The  average  cow  produces  7  gallons  of  milk  a  day,  2,100  pounds  of  milk  a  month,  and  46,000  glasses  of  milk  a  year.There  are  350  squirts  in  a  gallon  of  milk.

30)  Farming  employs  more  than  24  million  American  workers  (17%  of  the  total  workforce).

For facts: 1-1011-20.

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