|Agriculture is the nation's largest employer, with more than 21 million people working in some phase -- from growing food and fiber, to selling it at the supermarket.|
|There are 145,156 farms operated by women in the United States.|
|Consumers spent an average of $2,328/person for food in 1992. Yet that was only 9.3 percent of disposable income -- the lowest percentage in the world.|
|Strawberries -- 45,000 lbs./acre -- worth $21,759/acre|
|Lettuce -- 24,000 heads/acre -- worth $5,940/acre|
|Potatoes -- 36,000 lbs./acre -- worth $4,464/acre|
|Sweet Corn -- 14,000 lbs./acre|
|37.1 bushels of Wheat per acre = 2,600 loaves of bread per acre|
|Each year billions of trees are seeded on farmland.|
|Farmers use reduced tillage practices on 100 million acres and 26 million
are farmed in narrow strips to prevent erosion.
|In 1994, farmers had placed 36.4 million acres of their land in reserve
to protect the|
environment and provide habitat for wildlife.
|U.S. farmers maintain 170,000 miles of windbreaks and 1.3 million acres