What is the Food and Ag Industries’ Impact in Your Community?
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 15.1 million Americans employed there. More often, it makes its way from retail grocers to American homes, at kitchen tables, surrounded by families grateful for the nation’s bounty.