As you count your blessings this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to include America’s farmers – the dedicated men and women who put food on our tables, clothes on our backs and fuel in our vehicles.
There are many reasons to be thankful for farmers, here are just a few to consider:
- Americans spend only 10 percent of their incomes on food -- that's the lowest percentage of any country.
- One U.S. farmer feeds an average of 155 people.
- About 97 percent of U.S. farms are family-owned enterprises. They work long hours, often sunrise to sunset, rarely taking sick time or vacation days.
- Farmers are dedicated to putting food on America's tables -- fighting through drought, heat, rain, wind, snow and tornadoes to do so.
- Because the global population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, farmers will need to find ways to double food production to keep pace -- without adding more land. They're investing in research and technology to increase yields while conserving water, fuel and other resources.
- America's farmers and ranchers make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy by exporting products to countries around the world -- reducing the trade deficit. In 2017, exports are expected to top $133 billion.
When you fill your plate with turkey, potatoes and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving be sure to remember where it came from...and thank a farmer.