Extension Ag Update
October 2008
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Ag Facts

Organic crop prices vs. conventional crops are listed at The New Farm Organic Price Report, for example, listed prices for June:

  • “In 2007, there were approximately 2.08 million farms in the United States.
  • Over 1.12 million youth lived on farms in 2006 with 42 % of youth living in the Midwest region.
  • More than half of all household youth performed work or chores on the farm in 2001.
  • Only 30% of farm households with children younger than eight years reported having an enclosed, fenced off play area in 2006.
  • The National Safety Council’s 2008 edition of Injury Facts ranks agriculture as our nation’s most dangerous industry with 28.7 deaths per 100,000 adult workers.”

Source: The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (a program of the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin)