Dr. Isaacs Guest Lecture: Ag Stats & Industries

Dr. Issacs informed our class on agricultural industries and the statistics of them. Some key points I took away from his guest lecture are that 97.6% of US farms are family owned and operated, 86.1% of the family farms provide the labor used on the farm, and that farmers are only 1% of the population. Along with these enlightening statistics, I also learned about the field crop acreage and the farm bill which acts as a huge safety net for farmers. Growing up owning a farm in Delaware, I have always known the significance of farms in the community but what I never knew was that our location is within 8 hours of 1/3 of the US population. That makes farmers a very important part of the community.

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