New USDA report shows family farmers and ranchers preparing for demands of the future

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has just released The Changing Organization of U.S. Farming, a report that shows  farmers and ranchers are on their way to accomplishing the greatest challenge of this century – sustainably meeting the food demand of the future.

In a world where the population just passed the seven-billion mark, and projections show a need to double food production by 2050 while using fewer natural resources, the ERS report documents a production increase of nearly 50 percent since 1982, while US farmland decreased by 70 million acres.  The report also shows a reduction in pesticide use and reflects significant technological innovation.

These achievements come from the bedrock of agriculture, the more than 98 percent of American farms that are family-owned. That’s very important as we move further into our future. America’s family farmers take pride in feeding families around the world.

 

 

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2 Responses to New USDA report shows family farmers and ranchers preparing for demands of the future

  1. Christy Clayton says:

    Hunger is painful. It has been an amazing motivator throughout the ages.

  2. Don Curlee says:

    Distressing to see the blind acceptance of derivatives of the word “sustainable” when so few understand that the social equity aspecft of sustainability might well include(one day) that farm employees be union members. Beware!

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