What is the Food and Agriculture Sector’s Impact in Your Community?
The 2023 Feeding the Economy report clearly demonstrates the resilience and strength of America’s food and agriculture sector, showing increased economic output in every state compared to the 2022 report. These industries are responsible for over $8.6 trillion – or nearly 20% – of the country’s economic activity, directly supporting nearly 23 million jobs (15% of U.S. employment).
It begins in the rich soil of America’s farms and ranches – more than two 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, production workers, logistics experts, truck drivers, and engineers work in more than 200,000 food manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities to keep our food supply chains strong and fresh, safe food readily available worldwide.
The journey may conclude at one of the nation’s more than one million restaurant locations or an item might make its way from one of approximately 200,000 retail food stores to American homes or gatherings where people enjoy the nation’s bounty.