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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Agriculture

 1/32 or 3% of the earth's surface can be used to grow food.

Agricultural exports create nearly one million American jobs both on and off the farm.

In 1790, 90% of Americans were employed in agriculture.

President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law creating the independent United States Bureau of Agriculture on May 15, 1862. The USBA was headed by a commissioner without Cabinet status, and the agriculturalist Isaac Newton was appointed to be the first such commissioner. Lincoln called it the "people's department".  It was later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington D.C., the USDA headquarters.

The world's most northerly agriculture is practiced in Svalbard, only 800 miles (1,100 km) from the North Pole. Svalbard's agriculture takes the form of greenhouse growing and indoor animal husbandry.

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