The world is made up of over 7 billion people, the United States alone is home to 324 million of those people, according to the United States Census Bureau. Knowing this, it may come as a surprise to you that farmers and ranchers only make up 2% of the U.S. population. That means that we rely on only 2% of the U.S. population in helping to feed, clothe, and provide essential materials to the world. The big question is who makes up the 2%? You have two groups that farms fall under, factory and family. Today we are looking at family farming, which makes up 97% of farms in the United States. These families dedicate their lives to producing goods for consumers. While doing this they also work to improve land management, work towards higher animal welfare, and work together to find ways to conserve water. All-the-while they are only making 16 cents of every dollar that is spent on food. So why do they put their life and soul into producing crops and raising animals when they could be working less hours on a factory line making a lot more money? It comes down to their family based lifestyle. Farming is where a family comes together, works as a unit, and grows together while providing for the world.
Paul Harvey’s So God Made a Farmer, produced by Ram Trucks truly shows just how wonderfully the family and farming go hand in hand.