​67  Interesting  Facts  about  Farming VISIT  RANDOM HISTORY (31-40)

31)  According  to  many  historians,  goats  were  the  first  animal  to  be  domesticated.  Goats  are  typically  the  cleanest  of animals.  They  are  much  more  select  feeders  than  cows,  chickens,  or  even  dogs .  They  typically  will  not  eat  food  that has  been  contaminated  or  that  has  been  on  the  floor  or  ground.

32)  Pigs,  a  common  farm  animal,  are  thought  to  be  the  4th  most  intelligent  animal,  after  chimps,  dolphins ,  and elephants.  A  group  of  pigs  is  called  a  sounder.  Pigs  can  also  run  11  miles  per  hour,  which  is  faster  than  a  6-minute mile.

33)  More  than  100  agricultural  crops  in  the  U.S.  are  pollinated  by  bees.  In  fact,  one  out  of  three  bites  of  food  people  eat is  thanks  to  honeybees.

34)  Bees  contribute  to  more  than  $15  billion  worth  of  crops  every  year  through  pollination.

35)  According  to  the  U.S  Census,  a  farm  is  any  establishment  which  produces  and  sells,  or  normally  would  have produced  or  sold,  $1,000  or  more  of  agricultural  products  during  the  year.  Government  subsidies  are  included  in sales.

36)  In  2007,  just  187,816  of  the  2.2  million  farms  in  the  United  States  accounted  for  63%  of  sales  of  agricultural products,  marking  a  trend  toward  the  concentration  in  agricultural  production.

37)  Agricultural  efficiency  has  increased  over  the  past  century  from  27.5  acres/worker  in  1890  to  740  acres/worker  in 1990.

38)  Approximately  60%  of  the  farmers  in  the  United  States  are  55  years  old  or  older.  Aging  farmers  have  led  to  concern about  the  long-term  health  of  family  farms.

39)  According  to  the  UN,  an  exploding  world  population,  intensive  farming  practices,  and  changes  in  climate  have provided  a  breeding  ground  for  an  unprecedented  number  of  merging  diseases.  Poultry  farming,  for  example,  may account  for  the  global  spread  of  bird  flu .  In  fact,  the  majority  of  the  39  new  diseases  that  have  emerged  in  just  one generation  have  come  from  animals,  including  Ebola,  SARS,  and  the  bird  flu.

40)  Today’s  farmers  grow  more  than  “food,  feed,  and  fiber ”—they  also  grow  crops  that  are processed  into  fuel.  For  example,  corn  can  be  made  into  ethanol  and  soybean  oil  can  be  made into  diesel  fuel.

For facts: 1-1011-2020-30.

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