WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NATIONAL FARM-CITY WEEK
Profile America — Saturday, November 22nd. National Farm-City Week begins today, ending on Thanksgiving Day, when agricultural bounty is most notable. First declared by congressional resolution in 1956, the occasion recognizes that farms are a necessary precondition for town life and urbanization. As Daniel Webster noted in 1840, "When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers are therefore the founders of human civilization." To put it another way, everyone has to eat. The U.S. population of 319 million people is sustained by the output of America's 2.1 million farms, which encompass nearly 915 million acres. To aid farmers in tilling the soil, over 1,100 manufacturers annually produce more than $37 billion worth of farm machinery and equipment. Profile America is in its 18th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
National Farm-City Week: http://www.ncfb.org/Home/tabid/56/ModuleID/805/ItemID/168/mctl/EventDetails/Default.aspx
Congressional resolution: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/84/hjres317
Webster quote: http://www.museums.iastate.edu/AOCFactSheetsPDF/g.wood-tillage.pdf
National population: http://www.census.gov/popclock/?intcmp=home_pop
Farms and acreage: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_US/st99_1_001_001.pdf
Manufacturers/NAICS 333111: http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/cbpnaic/cbpdetl.pl
Product value/NAICS 333111:
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).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau