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National Farm-City Week

November 22, 2014

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Profile America — Saturday, November 22nd. National Farm-City Week begins today, ending on Thanksgiving Day, when agricultural bounty is most notable. First declared by congressional resolution in 1956, the occasion recognizes that farms are a necessary precondition for town life and urbanization. As Daniel Webster noted in 1840, "When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers are therefore the founders of human civilization." To put it another way, everyone has to eat. The U.S. population of 319 million people is sustained by the output of America's 2.1 million farms, which encompass nearly 915 million acres. To aid farmers in tilling the soil, over 1,100 manufacturers annually produce more than $37 billion worth of farm machinery and equipment. Profile America is in its18th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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National Farm-City Week
Congressional resolution
Webster quote
National population
Farms and acreage
Manufacturers NAICS 333111
Product value NAICS 333111


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