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  • 🍂21 million Americans produce, process and sell food and fiber
    • 🍂U.S. farms and ranches spent $329 billion to produce $388 billion in goods in 2012
      • 🍂America exported $136 billion in farm goods in 2011, with a $37 billion trade surplus
        • 🍂Americans spend 10% of their incomes on food the lowest of any country
          • 🍂Spending on farm policy including crop insurance was down 20% over the past five years
            • 🍂These policies account for only 16% of Farm Bill funding (nutrition programs are 78%)
              • 🍂Traditional farm supports cost Americans just 2 pennies per meal, and account for less than one quarter of 1% of the federal budget
                • 🍂If farm policy including crop insurance were eliminated today, it would take 100 years to offset the 2012 federal budget deficit alone
                  • 🍂The world population will grow from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050
                    • 🍂Farmers will need to double food production by 2050 to keep pace
                      • 🍂To do the job, there’s a thin green line of only 210,000 full-time U.S. farms, which produce 80% of our food and fiber
                        • 🍂These aren’t corporate farms. Virtually all are family enterprises braving exceptional risks and tight margins
                          • 🍂For every $1 spent on food, farmers receive less than 12 cents for the raw products