U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 20

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Wednesday, March 20th.  Ask many Americans where their food comes from, and they'll answer the supermarket, while clothing comes from the mall.  That's why this is National Agriculture Week — an annual program focused 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 920 million acres of farmland, averaging 418 acres per farm.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov

Sources:  Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 824
               Historical Statistics of the United States:  Colonial Times to 1970, p. 465, 458

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 a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


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