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Posted Friday, November 27, 2009, at 7:41 AM
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    Beef Checkoff reports:

    The average U.S. farmer now feeds 144 people a day, in the United States and abroad, compared to 46 people in 1960. And, many consumers aren't aware of where their food comes from, since the average American is now three generations removed from farming as a livelihood.

    "Farmers and ranchers not only provide the food we eat, but also help sustain rural communities, preserve open space and wildlife habitat, and protect the environment," said North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) President Jack Reich, a Zap, N.D., rancher.

    Here are a few farm facts:

    * U.S. consumers spend about 10 percent of their disposable income on food, compared to 22 percent in the United Kingdom, 26 percent in Japan and 28 percent in South Africa

    * Farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for 75 percent of the nation's wildlife

    * The U.S. beef industry is comprised of 1 million beef and dairy producers, 75 percent of whom work on operations that have been in the family for at least two generations

    * The average U.S. farm is 441 acres; 99 percent are classified as family operations. About 41 percent of total U.S. land area is farm land

    * 85 percent of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for crops; grazing animals on this land more than doubles the land that can be used to raise other foods.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 9:39 AM
  • Brian--

    Wow. I thought I was being paranoid, but apparently not. My cat IS out to get me!

    Thanks for a good laugh late on a Friday afternoon.

    -- Posted by newdawn on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 3:51 PM
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