WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Tuesday, March 15th. Ask many Americans where their food comes from, and they'll answer the supermarket, while clothing comes from the mall. That's why today is National Agriculture Day, and March 13 to 19 is National Agriculture Week. These annual programs focus on students across the nation, the consumers of tomorrow. They'll learn that from pizzas to cosmetics, from clothing to orange juice, agriculture gives us what we eat each day and much of what we wear and use. In 1920, there were nearly 6.5 million farms in the U.S., and some 32 million people lived on farms. Today, the number of farms has shrunk to just over 2 million. America has 913 million acres of farmland, averaging 434 acres per farm. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Agriculture day: http://agday.org
1920 Number of farms: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 465, 458
Number of farms, total and average acreage/accessed 1/14/2016: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Preliminary_Report/Highlights.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau