Fruit-Vegetable Imports Hit Record and Farm Numbers Continue Decline

Fruit-Vegetable Imports Hit Record and Farm Numbers Continue Decline

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Top Ag Committee Republicans want the EPA to “cease politicization of crop protection tools.”

Pennsylvania Representative Glenn Thompson and Arkansas Senator John Boozman sent a joint letter “about the concerning trend of disregarding scientifically-sound, risk-based regulatory processes, and denying access to a range of crop protection tools.”

Russia’s war in Ukraine has hit the global food system hard with increased energy prices, fertilizer cost spikes and shortages, and worsening food shortages.

**In fiscal year 2021, the value of U.S. fruit and vegetable imports rose to record levels.

And, the USDA’s Economic Research Service says it’s projected to rise another 9% in FY 2022, and import VOLUMES are expected to grow 3%.

This would further extend the trend seen from 2000 to 2021, when U.S. import volumes increased 124% while inflation-adjusted value increased 208%.

**The number of U.S. farms peaked in the mid-1930s before undergoing a steep decline over the next four decades as farms became fully mechanized. reports, decline since the 70s has been gradual, with an estimated 2,012,500 farms with gross annual receipts over $1,000, the minimum to be counted as a farm.

51% have gross revenues of $1-10,000 and 30% have revenues of $1-100,000.

Meaning, about 19% of the farms are commercial size.

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