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This page is dedicated to all the
red blooded, hard working, loyal, and dedicated"
In today's modern world the urban sprawl is "eating up"
our precious farm ground at a rate of 9 acres per hour (in
Ohio), while the number of farmers is on the decline.
(98,000 family farms in 1976 vs. 72,000 family farms in 1996
in Ohio) The increase in our world's population
is on the increase, requiring more food to feed the world!
We need all the support
from our farmers, farm
politicians, & public education about farming that we can get. (The
major segment of the population does not understand
from where their food comes) Agriculture
is critical to our future! It is the #1 industry in Ohio---generating
$67 billion to the economy annually to Ohio.
This page is dedicated
to farmers all across this great country, to try and help give the
true facts and figures that today's agriculture is facing. It
is useful to the young, the old , the school age
children, the Urban people that live across this great
country. Below are facts about farming, and check out
to various farm organizations.
following is taken from the PROGRESSIVE
FARMER Magazine a column written by Editor Jack Odle.
After reading it, I was convinced more than ever, that farm life is
"quite simply-the best." I think you will agree.
REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW, I LEARNED GROWING UP ON A FARM
I learned it is better to point out that lame heifer to a buyer
rather than wait for the buyer to find her in the herd-or worse,
not find her.
I learned the importance of giving to those in their hour of
need. It could be taking a casserole to someone's home
after a funeral or combing the wheat field of a farmer who has
Death. I've seen calves, lambs, pigs, puppies, and kittens
born, often right before my eyes. But I also witnessed
death and the harshness of nature before I was three years old.
I've seen my Dad get off his tractor to move a bird's nest out
of the way so he could cultivate the field.
I've watched the planting of tiny seed and had the assurance
that they would sprout and make a good crop. I've
watched a newborn calf struggle to its feet and understood this
fragile animal would grow into a productive cow.
Ethic. I remember looking out at a field full of hay bales
and wondering if we would ever get them unloaded and hauled into
the barn. I came to realize that if you work steadily and
stick to it those bales will slowly disappear from the field.
I know everything happens according to nature's schedule.
We can't speed it up or slow it down; we can only work within
Yes, just about
everything O know worth knowing I learned and continue to learn from
farm families and farm life. I bet a lot of you feel that way
enjoy the safest, most abundant, lowest costing food supply of
any nation in the world. many consumers still question the
value and need for herbicides and insecticides, even
though they are an integral part of modern farming practices.
A study from
the Hudson Institute in May 1995 estimated that some crop yields
could suffer up to 50% loss without crop protection products.
farmers face the threat of approximately 10,000 species of crop
destroying insects, 1,800 kinds of weeds and 1,500 different
plant diseases. Pesticides have been an integral part of
American farming for nearly 50 years and are heavily regulated
by the government. Taken from (NAPS)
All life on
earth depends on the soil. Plants rooted in the soil
obtain nutrients from it. Animals get nutrients from the
plants or from animals that eat plants. In addition to
providing the world with food and fiber, American farmers
maintain the soil which is so important to us.
harbors a host of microorganisms that perform an array of
functions that sustain life. Soil buffers foreign
substances our industrial society releases into our environment.
to form when environmental forces break down rocks and similar
materials that lie on or near the earth's surface.
As plants and other materials decay they become part of the
the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, it takes, on
average, about 500 years to form one inch of soil.
About 10% of
all gasoline sold in the US is blended with 10% ethanol made
from corn are playing an important role in maintaining motor
vehicles. Windshield washer fluid made from ethanol is
freeze proof and removes road grim. An absorbent material
made from cornstalks is providing an environmentally safe method
for cleaning up oil spills.
America's largest cash crop wit h an annual harvest of nearly 9
billion bushels, with it being the primary energy source for
for food and animal feed in Asia more than 2.000 years ago,
soybeans are approaching their third millennium as a source of
products for better health and a cleaner environment.
farmers in 31 states produce 2 billion bushels of soybeans
annually. Each bushel yields 11 pounds of soy oil and 48
pounds of high protein meal.
cholesterol free soybeans oil contains 8 amino acids. 85%
of all margarine is derived from soybean oil. It is also
used for salad dressing, mayonnaise and vegetable oil.
is contributing to a cleaner environment. Biodiesel fuel
made with soybean oil can blended with regular diesel fuel to
power buses, trucks, and farm vehicles.
publishers and 25% of all commercial printers in the U.S. use
ink that contains soybean oil for color printing.
*All the above
facts were taken from newspaper articles from The Findlay Courier