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Celebrating National Agriculture Week and Agriculture Innovation Week in IowaMarch 25, 2022

As we close out National Agriculture Week and Agriculture Innovation Week in Iowa here are some fun facts about agriculture and farming here in the United States:

  • According to most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 386,531 men are working as farmers and ranchers.
  • Additionally, 51,865 women are working as farmers and ranchers.
  • Today, a farmer grows twice as much food as his parents did – using less land, energy, water, and fewer emissions.
  • Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. In 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people.
  • To keep up with population growth, more food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than the past 10,000 years combined.
  • U.S. farmers produce about 40 percent of the world’s corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.
  • According to the USDA, one acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season. At 180 bushels per acre, corn produces enough oxygen to supply a year’s needs for 131 people.
  • More than 40,000 patents related to agricultural inputs (seed, fertilizer, farm power, implements machinery and irrigation) have been granted worldwide in the past ten years.

We would like to recognize and thank all of our agricultural clients during this week for being an integral part of the agricultural and farming industry and we are proud to serve you in your work.

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