Field Facts: Exploring Agriculture, One Fact at a Time

March 18, 2024 by Riley Knott

Agriculture Facts


  • Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world

  • About 11% of U.S. farmers are serving or have served in the military

  • One U.S. farm feeds 166 people annually

  • There are 914 million acres of farmland just in the U.S.

  • An acre of land is about the same size as a football field

  • Ninety-nine percent of all U.S. farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations

  • Nearly everything we eat and wear is a product of agriculture

  • Wheat is the most popular grain directly consumed by Humans

  • Wheat is grown in 42 states in the United States

  • The average American eats just under 140 pounds of potatoes every year

  • In 2023, $174.9 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world

  • Americans celebrate holidays with food, spending a total of nearly $14 billion each year

  • Farm and ranch families comprise less than 2% of the U.S. population.