Agriculture involves planting plants and breeding animals. Civilization is the product of agriculture that began thousands of years ago. About 105000 years ago, people began to collect wild grains. Pigs were domesticated about 15000 years ago, while rice was planted in China as early as 13500 years ago.
In US, there are approximately 2.2 million farms located in the United States alone. Since the 1940s, farms have grown larger, growing enough food on average to feed 19 people (not including their own families) in 2006 and feed 144 people in 2006.
Here are interesting facts about agriculture:
Single Largest Employer in the Work – Agriculture employs more than 24 million American worker (17% of the total workforce) and 40% globally.
The average US framer can feed 155 people – in comparing to a farmer in 1960 fed just 26 people.
Beef farming accounts for 29% of US farms – Cattle and calves, corn, and soybeans are the top 3 U.S. farm products.
One acre of land can grow a variety of crops, including 50,000 pounds of strawberries or 2,784 pounds (46.4 bushels) of wheat.
A high-producing dairy cow yields – 4.8 pounds of butter or 8.7 gallons of ice cream or 10.5 pounds of cheese.
About 25% of U.S. farm products by value are exported each year.
$139.6 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world in 2018.