Want to be a farmer?

If you’re thinking about a career change, farming may not be such a bad idea! According to a recent TIME magazine article, farming and ranching is on the up-and-up. Farmers are feeding the world:  the average farmer feeds 155 people. In 2010, there were 308 million people living in the United States and 2 million farms.

That means farmers are doing more with less:

  • Compared to 1950, we produce 63% more milk with 58% fewer cows
  • Compared to 1950, we produce 176% more pork per sow with 44% fewer sows
  • Compared to 1950, we produce 333% more corn on 11% more acres

And the list goes on. (Source:  The Center for Food Integrity)

Today’s farmer is producing food for not only U.S. dinner tables but consumers around the world. And while they’re doing the right thing, being more efficient in their farming practices and producing safe, wholesome food for our families, they’re also making a good living.

Much of the background for the article was gathered right here in Nebraska. According to the numbers, net farm income was up 27 percent last year and is expected to jump another 20 percent in 2011. The average farm has doubled in value in the past six years. And, Farmland is quickly emerging as one of the year’s hottest investments on Wall Street.”Agriculture is the most critical story in our economy today. It will affect the future of the world.”

Do you want to try your hand at farming?

Learn more about agriculture in Nebraska and how you can be involved in Farm Bureau activities, visit www.nefb.org. And while there, be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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