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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 751,000 Farmers and Ranchers in the U.S. in 2009.

57% of U.S. farms had Internet access in 2007.

Farmers are more than twice as likely to die on the job as police officers and nearly four times as likely to be killed on the job as firefighters.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Some Colorado sheep farmers use llamas to guard their sheep.

Almost 99 percent of U.S. farms are operated by individuals or family corporations. (2007)

• In 2006 there were 827,000 Farmers and Ranchers in the U.S.
• In 2007 there were 784,000 Farmers & Ranchers in the U.S.
U.S. Census Bureau

The first 'cattle' to be branded in the U.S. began when farmers in Connecticut were required to mark their pigs.

• The average U.S. farm in 2007 is 441 acres compared to 147 acres in 1900.
• 41 percent of U.S. total land area is farmland.

According to the Agricultural Council of America, U.S. Farmers account for:
• 46 percent of the world’s soybean production
• 41 percent of the world’s corn production
• 20.5% of the world’s cotton production
• 13% of the world’s wheat production.
Agricultural Council of America (2007)

According to the Agricultural Council of America, nearly 22 million people are employed in farm or farm-related jobs. (2007)

In the 17th-century, farmers in New York City built a wall to keep pigs from roaming.  The street running along this wall was called Wall Street.

Two peanut farmers have been elected President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

The Seckel pear was discovered growing near the Delaware River in Pennsylvania in the early 18th century by a farmer named Seckel.

The Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison is a 30-year old farmers market held on Capitol Square from April through November, and is the largest farmers’ market in the United States.



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