Amazing facts about agriculture

Amazing facts about agriculture

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world

FAO of the United States reports that “there is a largely untapped reservoir of farm and non-farm employment opportunities in agriculture and beyond.” Examples include jobs in sustainable agriculture, agri-business development and related support services.

Globally, 40% of the population works in agriculture.

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Globally, 70% of farm operators are women

About 30% of the 3.3 million farm operators are women in the U.S., Women farm operators have increased 20% from 2002, and more than 75% of women-owned their lands.

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For a whiskey to be considered bourbon it must contain at least 51% corn

Ø  It’s believed whiskey was first created in Ireland by Irish monks. However, it’s still a debate today, because the Scots also say they invented Whisky.

Ø  Not all whiskey is bourbon, but all bourbon is whiskey. It’s about how it’s made.

Ø  about 20,100 jobs are creates  in Kentucky by  Bourbon each year.

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About 5.6 million hectares of land are used for banana production

·        About 20 to 40 metric tons of bananas can be harvested from 1 hectare, or 2.47 acres.

·        The European Union (32%) and the United States (25%) are the largest importers of bananas.

·        Philippines has the highest per capita consumption, about 132 per year, followed by Brazil. About 100 billion bananas are consumed globally each year.

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 There are 914 million acres of farmland just in the U.S.

AgHires reports that American agriculture is the most efficient and productive system in the world (despite having only 2% of the population working in the industry). This efficiency gives the United States the ability to be the world’s largest exporter of food and fiber.

About 40 percent of the land in the United States is used for agriculture of some form, including livestock grazing.

After accounting for input costs, farmers and ranchers receive only 8 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution.







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