America’s food and agriculture sectors feed the economy and fuel the nation. Together, they account for roughly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, providing over 22 million jobs or nearly 15% of US employment.
It begins in the rich soil of America’s farms and ranches – more than 2.1 million of them -- spread across the heartland and stretching to the coasts, covering two out of every five American acres.
Meanwhile, millions of food scientists, grocers and truck-drivers work in more than 200,000 food manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities, to keep food fresh and deliver it on time.
The journey may conclude at one of the nation’s 1 million restaurant locations staffed by some of the 14.7 million Americans employed there. More often, it ends at home, at the kitchen table, surrounded by a family grateful for the nation’s bounty.