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Re: Netherlands to close up to 3,000 farms to comply with EU rules
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2022, 12:55:50 pm »
And by then it's generally too late. At least Sri Lankans are a little bit closer to the land. Western society - not so much.
That's because such a small percentage of the population grows the food in the west. City dwellers have no clue, either about the agricultural lifestyle, the work or logistics involved, nor the technical proficiency required for so few to feed so many. Take just the 26,000 farmers and ranchers in ND out of production (doesn't seem like so many, does it, to people who live in cities of over a million), and reduce agricultural output by:
1.8 million cattle
335 million pounds of milk.

Sorted by Value of Production in Dollars
Commodity   Planted All Purpose Acres   Harvested Acres   Yield   Production   Price per Unit   Value of Production in Dollars
SOYBEANS
SOYBEANS   7,250,000   7,120,000   25.5 BU / ACRE   181,560,000 BU   12.6 $ / BU   2,323,968,000
CORN
CORN, GRAIN      3,630,000   105 BU / ACRE   381,150,000 BU   5.86 $ / BU   2,020,095,000
CORN   4,100,000               
CORN, SILAGE      250,000   7.5 TONS / ACRE   1,875,000 TONS      
WHEAT
WHEAT   6,470,000   6,090,000   32.2 BU / ACRE   196,195,000 BU   9.35 $ / BU   1,793,513,000
WHEAT, SPRING, (EXCL DURUM)   5,500,000   5,210,000   33.5 BU / ACRE   174,535,000 BU   8.82 $ / BU   1,509,728,000
WHEAT, SPRING, DURUM   880,000   820,000   24 BU / ACRE   19,680,000 BU   13.9 $ / BU   267,648,000
WHEAT, WINTER   90,000   60,000   33 BU / ACRE   1,980,000 BU   8.27 $ / BU   16,137,000
CANOLA
CANOLA   1,750,000   1,720,000   1,340 LB / ACRE   2,304,800,000 LB   33.4 $ / CWT   751,365,000
HAY & HAYLAGE
HAY & HAYLAGE                  280,784,000
HAY & HAYLAGE, (EXCL ALFALFA)                  141,680,000
HAY & HAYLAGE, ALFALFA   30,000               139,104,000
HAY
HAY      2,020,000   1.04 TONS / ACRE   2,093,000 TONS   154 $ / TON   280,784,000
HAY, (EXCL ALFALFA)      1,100,000   1.15 TONS / ACRE   1,265,000 TONS   113 $ / TON   141,680,000
HAY, ALFALFA      920,000   0.9 TONS / ACRE   828,000 TONS   172 $ / TON   139,104,000
POTATOES
POTATOES   76,000   75,000   300 CWT / ACRE   22,500,000 CWT   11.5 $ / CWT   258,750,000
POTATOES, PROCESSING               9.650 $ / CWT   
POTATOES, FRESH MARKET               16.500 $ / CWT   
SUNFLOWER
SUNFLOWER   494,000   482,000   1,581 LB / ACRE   761,900,000 LB   32.6 $ / CWT   241,059,000
BARLEY
BARLEY   580,000   430,000   51 BU / ACRE   21,930,000 BU   5.38 $ / BU   115,133,000
PEAS
PEAS, DRY EDIBLE   255,000   242,000   1,480 LB / ACRE   3,582,000 CWT   19.9 $ / CWT   66,267,000
FLAXSEED
FLAXSEED   190,000   171,000   13 BU / ACRE   2,223,000 BU   25.9 $ / BU   60,021,000
LENTILS
LENTILS   120,000   114,000   830 LB / ACRE   946,000 CWT   37.6 $ / CWT   33,772,000
OATS
OATS   355,000   83,000   48 BU / ACRE   3,984,000 BU   4.8 $ / BU   17,330,000
CHICKPEAS
CHICKPEAS   16,300   15,700   1,290 LB / ACRE   203,000 CWT   41.7 $ / CWT   8,506,000
RYE
RYE   88,000   36,000   32 BU / ACRE   1,152,000 BU   5.95 $ / BU   6,566,000
SUGARBEETS
SUGARBEETS   226,000   222,000   29.2 TONS / ACRE   6,482,000 TONS      


and that's just one state (39,300,000 acres in production)
The average farm here has over 1,500 acres.

Source: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=NORTH%20DAKOTA
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