As the world's population grows, how will we feed the
people? Where will we get our energy? Who will conserve and
protect our natural resources? American farmers have a
legacy of expanding production through innovation, research
and efficiency. As we look to the future, it's reassuring to know
Agriculture Is the Answer.
What keeps America's economy strong?
More than 21 million American workers (15 percent of the
total U.S. workforce) produce, process and sell the nation's food
and fiber. Agriculture is Alabama's largest industry, contributing
nearly $5 billion to the state's economy each year. Individuals,
family partnerships or family corporations own 98 percent of
all U.S. farms. In addition, 82 percent of U.S. ag products sold
are produced on farms owned by individuals, family partnerships
and family corporations.
Who gives animals the best possible care?
Proper care of animals is a time-honored ethic that makes good
sense for farmers. For animals to produce meat, milk and eggs,
farmers must take all possible steps to ensure their animals are well
cared for. Farm animals receive medical care when needed, just like
we do, because healthy animals produce healthy meat, milk, eggs
and other products we consume or use. Today's farmers use the latest
proven advances in animal handling, husbandry, health and care.
What provides national security and independence for America?
American farmers are so productive they produce food that is exported around the world. The United States sells more food and fiber to world markets than we import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance. America's rich natural resources and the agricultural diversity of its farms allow our farmers to successfully produce a wide variety of crops and livestock, sustaining our national security. A nation that can't feed itself is no more secure than is a nation that can't defend itself.
What conserves our wildlife and natural resources?
Farmers have installed conservation buffers around fields to improve
soil, air and water quality, enhance wildlife habitat and create
scenic landscapes. Improved farming techniques such as limited
tillage methods help control soil erosion and improve water quality.
Thousands of acres of trees and grass are planted each year to
stabilize the soil, prevent erosion and improve air quality. More than
half of America's agricultural producers intentionally provide habitat
for wildlife, deer, fowl and other species.