An estimated 240,000 people left the land last year, dropping the nation’s farm population to its lowest level since before the Civil War, the Government reported today.
Officials said an average of 4,986,000 people lived on farms in 1987, or 2 percent of the United States population of 243.4 million.
How many farmers are in the US in 2018?
In 2018, there were just over two million farms in the United States. However, the number of farms has been steadily dropping since the year 2007, when there were about 2.2 million farms in the United States.
What percentage of the US farms today?
Farming accounts for about 1 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population. Farm programs typically cost each American just pennies per meal and account for less than one-half of 1 percent of the total U.S. budget.
How many people can a farmer feed today?
Find out more about the efforts of today’s United States farmers: Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. In 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people. Today’s farmer grows twice as much food as his parents did – using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions.
How many farmers are in the world?
There are more than 570 million farms in the world. More than 90% of farms are run by an individual or a family and rely primarily on family labour. Family farms occupy a large share of the world’s agricultural land and produce about 80% of the world’s food.