National Ag Day: 8 agriculture facts you probably didn’t know

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Happy National Ag Day!

Today, March 25, we’re celebrating along with the Agriculture Council of America a day geared to recognize the abundance provided by agriculture. National Ag Day is all about celebrating and recognizing the contributions agriculture makes to our everyday lives.

Why celebrate and recognize? Well, the organizers explain that pretty well:

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.

By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.

Obviously, these goals fit in perfectly with the mission of FFA to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

In the spirit of National Ag Day, we developed a list of agriculture facts that you may not know. Check them out:

1. Today, every farmer feeds 144 people — up from 25 in the 1960s

Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States. [source]

2. The number of farms operated by women have doubled in the U.S. since 1978

Across the country, nearly 300,000 women serve as principal operators on 62.7 million acres of farm and ranchland, accounting for $12.9 billion in farm products in 2012. Countless more women live, work and raise families in rural America. [source]

3. By 2050, we’ll have to produce more food to feed the world than ever before.

food_gap_0Taking into account a growing population and shifting diets, the world will need to produce 69 percent more food calories in 2050 than we did in 2006.  World Food Prize President Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn calls “the single greatest challenge in human history: whether we can sustainably feed the 9 billion people who will be on our planet in the year 2050.” [source]

4. Agriculture employs more the 22 million people

Agribusiness Management, Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications, Building Construction Management, Agriscience, Resource Development and Management, Parks, Recreations, and Tourism Resources, Packaging, Horticulture, Forestry, Food Science, and Fisheries/Wildlife are all categories of agricultural careers. [source]

5. FFA is showing impressive membership growth 

With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the agriculture industry needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership to nearly 580,000 members throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year. [Source]

6. Need a job? Several agriculture careers are in demand

2010-Employment-Pie-ChartShortfalls of qualified graduates to work as plant geneticists and plant breeders, climate change analysts, and food safety and security specialists are anticipated during 2010–15, according to a Purdue University study. [source]

7. 10 percent of all Americans are involved in farming

One in 10 Americans play a role in the nation’s food and fiber supply, showing the extreme importance of agricultural awareness and understanding. Agriculture is too important a topic to be taught only to the small percentage of students considering careers in agriculture and pursuing vocational agricultural studies. [source]

8. FFA members nationwide are fighting hunger with community-based projects and by donating more than one million meals

In 2014, more than 450,000 meals have been provided by FFA members participating in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge while 122 FFA chapters nationwide are fighting local hunger with FFA: Food For All grant projects. [source]

 

8 comments on “National Ag Day: 8 agriculture facts you probably didn’t know

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    Agro-sector professional having rich experience since 1976 in business management and marketing of agric-inputs with particular reference to seed; fertilizer and crop protection market development. An organized individual possessing excellent communication and leadership skills for the achievement of business objectives on long term basis by gaining confidence of the stakeholders; through the positive ability of creativeness, analytical approach and to work well with people of all ages. Having domicile in District Sheikhupura (Punjab) and date of birth is 26th September, 1958; the physical fitness allows for the field-related assignments and family circumstance favors for any required travel. Education profile includes Agriculture related key disciplines including crop protection, field crops production, horticulture, floriculture, land scrapping besides Law graduation/ business development training courses. Family background is rural and well verse for local norms & communication skills / presentation. Availability can be immediate as a acceptable team member.
    EDUCATION AND ON JOB TRAININGS
    -0 B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture Education (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad) – 1976
    -1 Law Graduation LLB (Bahaudin Zakria University, Multan).-1992
    -2 MBA (Marketing) Executive Course Multan Institute of Management Sciences.
    -3 Diploma in Export Marketing and Management from Allama Iqbal University.
    -4 Marketing for executives from Allama Iqbal University.
    -5 One-week seed treatment workshop at Basal, Switzerland.
    -6 Eight weeks course on Crop Protection through pest management (Integrated Pest Management) from Oregon State University Corvallis, USA
    -7 Visit of John Inns Institute UK for studying cotton leaf curl virus.
    -8 Workshops and training courses on selling, Negotiation, Written & Group communication, Presentation skills, Field sales management, Sales officers development program, Leadership, Total Quality Management, Basic marketing and technical course, coaching & evaluation concept and territory planning.
    -9 Participation in soil science congress, International seminar on fertilizer usage and marketing congress ; international symposium for horticulture & land scrapping organized by Horticulture Institute of Agriculture University Faisalabad on 27-30 Maech,2007.
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    -11 Defensive driving course.
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    Hands on experience for fifteen years in Syngenta Pakistan, DuPont & Dow Agro- Sciences; Jaffer Brothers as Regional/ National Sales Manager at Multan, Sahiwal & D G Khan with the key task of crop protection business management / development. Lately was working for Agri Top (Aziz Group) as Sales Manager ( North) and based at Sahiwal ; up till 31st June 2013.
    -0 Co-ordination of the activities for market development& distribution of pesticides in highly potential/multi cropped regions along with warehousing / logistics/ settlement of accounts and new molecules launch.
    -1 Personal development and people management for the regional team.
    – Achieving of sales objectives / setting up of distribution network/ developing business plan & strategies; establishing business relationship at the distribution end & leading farmers segment by demonstrating leadership &.team work.

    SEED INDUSTRY:
    Twelve years industry work experience in Punjab Seed Corporation, Pioneer Seeds Pakistan for about twelve years based at Multan & Sahiwal. Last of the sector assignment was of vegetable & rice hybrid seed marketing with Haji Sons as Marketing Manager 2008-10.

    -0 Developing plans & coordination for marketing seed both in private / public sectors.
    -1Multiplication of basic seed and purchase of certified seed standard produce from contract growers along with warehousing; logistics and quality check through FSCD.
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    FERTILIZER MARKET
    Worked for Engro Pakistan Ltd at Faisalabad till 12-3-2008 as Area Manager in Faisalabad for sales and tech / support services. (2005 – 8) and at Lahore from 1984-87.
    -0 Sales promotional activities for enhancing usage and strengthening the brand image of Engro Urea, Zarkhez, Zangro and Zorawar by having the involvement of dealers and agric experts at farmer level leading towards balance use of fertilizer / developing the business on long term basis. Business liaison with Research Institutes, Sugar Mills, Agri Mall.
    -1 Developing the Engro business strategies on regional basis and its implementation in the market covering the distribution network and at the farmers end by agri. Extension tools..

  3. I know these people work hard. But when I see “agriculture” all I see is poison. I don’t care to support GMO’s and products laden with herbicides and pesticides(POISONS). I love my organic farmers. the rest of you should know better. Count us as 7 billion -2.

    • Yes!! The Agriculture industry is booming and I get to be one of the teachers that teach children to dream the highest they can.I am there to assure them no matter what they want to do in their life they have the sincere capability to make those dreams a reality. Those children will then go to college to continue to feed their minds the means of success. Most importantly pinnfam is that they will be reading at a college level, a professional level and they will be smarter than you. Because they will earnestly read their colleges work, as doing the research is the most important key to any good argument. Then and only then, they will question and they will reform. They will be kind enough to explain the complexity that is our environment to you so that you can be reassured that your environment safe. Please do the research if you care to have a valid response. Top Universities have declared again and again that the two different agriculture practices have no significant differences in the products. Doctors working with scientists determined that the two principles have no impact on the health of either consumer. My challenge to you is to find out if I am lying or not. Then we can have a proper discussion.

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