Underpinning Our Economy
America’s farmers not only produce the world’s safest and most affordable food and fiber supply, but they also
fuel the economy.
- 21 million Americans produce, process and sell food and fiber.
- U.S. Farms and Ranches spent $329 billion on direct costs (seed, tractors and equipment, fertilizer, labor, credit, etc.) and sold $388 billion in goods in 2012.
- America exported $136 billion in farm goods in 2011, with a $37 billion trade surplus.
“In 2010, rural America was at the forefront of the economic recovery.”
– Federal Reserve of Kansas City