The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) joined producers, agricultural associations and other organizations and individuals, for National Ag Week, to express support for U.S. farmers and agribusinesses and their essential role in maintaining the global supply chain.
Darren Armstrong, USGC chairman and farmer from North Carolina said, “This week, we show our appreciation to all of the individuals in agriculture that do their part to bring a product to plate or port.”
A new report, released on Monday, enumerates how U.S. agriculture underpins the U.S. economy. The “Feeding the Economy” study outlines how farmers and agribusinesses are responsible for roughly one-fifth of the U.S. economic activity – including direct output of 2.96 trillion, support for 23 million direct jobs and exports valued at $148.41 billion.
Roughly one in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export, further underpinning how trade helps to drive on-farm income. These markets are truly global – more than 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside of the United States and the world’s rising middle class dedicates more of their incomes to higher-value foods.
The Council’s mission is to develop markets, enable trade and improve lives. Through a full-time presence in 28 countries and programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union, USGC staff work every day with customers across the globe to help learn how to improve their operations and to provide information on how U.S. coarse grains, co-products and ethanol can aid them in this process. The sun truly never sets on the Council’s work with farmers and agribusinesses to capture this increased demand.
Northern Ag Network