4th of July - Salute to Those Who Protect And AG Professionals?
10 Interesting Fourth of July Agriculture facts.
Agriculture has always been at the backbone of American culture and life. At Longmire Staffing Services, we honor all those who have given their lives protecting our country, all former and current servicemen and women serving our nation, and all those in the agricultural industry who dutifully keep our country running behind the scenes.
On this 4th of July, we thought you might enjoy some of these incredible facts about the American agricultural industry and its place in our history.
11% of US Farmers are serving or have served in the US Military. That is remarkable, considering farmers make up only 2% of the overall population! It is safe to say that the agricultural community is doing their part to protect and defend our nation.
Independence Day is the top food holiday in the USA. On the Fourth of July alone, Americans spend over $6.9 billion on food, mainly hamburgers, hotdogs, and corn on the cob cultivated in America. Be sure to thank a farmer when you enjoy your Fourth of July picnic this year.
Many Founding Fathers firmly believed farming was the most virtuous and dignified way of life and should remain the most important element of the US economy. This belief was referred to as agrarianism and was led by Thomas Jefferson, who maintained that “agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”
The global population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, which means the world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than what is now produced. The agricultural industry is not only a vital one for our world’s survival, but one that must grow exponentially in order to continue serving humanity’s needs. Longmire Staffing Services is humbled for the honor to support this important growth.
98% of all farms are family operated. Families who farm together, stay together. It’s safe to say that the agricultural lifestyle has helped keep American families together, even in these modern times. The farm is more than a business, it is a lifestyle worth preserving. We hope all those reading this are able to spend some time with their own family this Fourth of July, whether in person or virtually.
30% of farmers are women, and 56% of farms have at least one female decision maker. When others preach about gender equality, we actually practice it. Compare this number to the 19% of women found in the American oil & gas industry and the 25% found in the technology industry, both leading industries in the United States.
More than half of all US farmers intentionally provide habitat for wildlife. True love of your country means respecting the land and ecosystems that thrive here. Farmers understand the incomparable beauty of the American landscape and the important place wildlife has in it. 50% of all US farmers leave areas on their land where wildlife can live and thrive – and again, where others talk about the importance of peaceful co-existence and conservation, our industry actually practices it.
Our farmers don’t just provide food. Farms in the US provide important staples to American life such as the cotton for your T-shirts and the ingredients needed to make crayons. Did you know soybeans, one of the crops in America, is essential for making those Crayolas everyone loves?
In 1870, 50% of all Americans were farmers. What a time to be alive! Many Europeans were overjoyed to make the dangerous emigration to the United States, where they could access farmland that was simply not available in their homeland.
The United States is the third biggest agricultural exporter in the world, behind China and India. That is very impressive when you consider our population size is 300 million, which is more than three times smaller than that of India and China .
At Longmire Staffing Services, we salute the many American heroes, among them the dedicated professionals from the agricultural industry.
We hope that all our fellow professionals from the agricultural industry are able to celebrate the festivities with their friends and family and enjoy a fun, relaxing holiday – we’ve earned it!
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4th of July – Salute to Those Who Protect And AG Professionals?