Profile America: National Agriculture Week

Tuesday, March 19th. Among the blessings of civilization are the broad availabilities of food and clothing, such that we don’t’ have to reflect on how this abundance is created in the first place. To celebrate this great human achievement, today is National Agriculture Day, and yesterday was the start of Agriculture Week. These programs focus on consumers’ appreciation of the bounty. They’ll learn that from pizzas and orange juice to cosmetics and clothing, agriculture delivers what we take for granted. In the America of 1920, there were nearly 6.5 million farms, and some 32 million people lived on farms. Today, the number of farms has shrunk to just over 2 million. America has 911 million acres of farmland, averaging 442 acres per farm. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.

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