An acre of land is about the size of a football field and can produce, in Texas for example, the following amounts in crops: 650 pounds of cotton, 7,560 pounds of corn, or 1,800 pounds of wheat. That’s a lot of food!
American farmers produce 16 percent of the world’s food on 10 percent of the world’s land.
Every U.S. farmer today produces food and fiber for 154 people.
Food is the most affordable in the U.S., where consumers spend less than 10 percent of their income on it.
Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer, with more than 21 million people involved in some phase of it.
— Adapted from a memo from the Texas Farm Bureau, June 2015