Agriculture Facts

Facts About Fayette County Agriculture

Fayette County is #1 in KY for horse sales and inventory.

Fayette County is #2 in KY for livestock, poultry, and their products.

As of 2012, there are 718 farms in Fayette County.

There are 114,857 acres in farm production in Fayette County.

Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture 

Agriculture in general:

Kentucky’s 2016 agricultural cash receipts are estimated to be $6 billion, which is nearly a 60 percent increase from 2000.

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy

Kentucky has 85,000 farms on 13 million acres.

Source:   2017 USDA NASS Census of Agriuclture

Horses are important, but the reality today is that livestock and poultry farming is driving a major part of Kentucky’s rural economy.   At the state level, animal agriculture represents about $4 billion in revenues, $600 million in household income, and 32 thousand jobs.  This does not include the estimated $160 million in income taxes and $102 million in 2009 property taxes from farms that raised cattle, chicken and hogs.

Source:  Promar International - Animal Agriculture Economic Analysis: Kentucky, 1999-2009 - June 2010

The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year.


Raising beef cattle is  the single largest segment of American Agriculture.                                                                                                                    

Source:   Beef Checkoff


Any pesticide residue on a single serving of produce is well below levels considered safe for human consumption. The average woman, for example, could eat 529 apples in one day without any negative health effects.

Source:  CommonGround

87% of the 2.2 million farms in the U.S. are owned by individuals or a married couple responsible for operating them. If partnerships – typically a parent and one or more children or other close relatives – are added to this total, 97 percent of U.S. farms are family-owned and operated.

Source: USDA

                           Family farms operate 90% of U.S. farmland, with mid-size and large family farms accounting for the bulk of agricultural production.  

Source:  USDA

             A 2014 report shows that family farms operate 90 percent of our nation’s farmland, and account for 85 percent of the country’s agricultural production value.

Source: CommonGround

Agriculturalists today are doing more with less:  Compared to 1950 farmers today produce:


176% more pork per sow with 44% fewer sows

81% more chicken per bird

333% more corn on 11% fewer acres

53% more eggs with 3% fewer hens

11 times more soybeans on 5 times fewer acres

69% more wheat on 6% fewer acres

63% more milk with 58% fewer cows

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy 

70% of the farm land we are farming will change hands in the next 20 years.

Source: Land for Good

Biotechnology used to create GMOs has the potential to provide consumers with better food products that are nutritionally enhanced or last longer.

Source: CommonGround 

Genetically Engineered crops have helped to improve soil and water quality by reducing soil erosion, herbicide runoff, and carbon emissions:

Soil Erosion by -93%

Herbicide Runoff -70%

CO2   emissions by -28 billion kg.  (That’s equivalent of removing 12.4 million cars from the road in one year. )

Source:  CommonGround

Average age of the farmer is 62. Only a half of a percent are under the age of 25.

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy

1 acre of hemp will produce more paper than 4 acres of trees.

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy

The only GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism or Genetically Edited Organism) commercially available in the U.S. are the following eight crops: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), papaya, canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, and summer squash.

Source:  GMO Answers

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology reports that use of biotech in soy, corn and cotton has decreased soil erosion by 90 percent, preserving 37 million tons of topsoil. Biotech crops also provide a 70 percent reduction in herbicide runoff and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Source:  CommonGround

Farmers across the country are making the transition to more sustainable pest- and disease-control methods.   For example, in the state of California, farmers have decreased pesticide use by 66% since 1998.

Source: CommonGround

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Infectious Disease Society of America have identified the infectious bacterial diseases in humans that-because of resistance- present the greatest concern for treatment with antibiotics. 0% None of them relatable to the use of antibiotics in animals.

Source: CommonGround

75% of wildlife in the U.S. live in farms and ranches.

Source: CommonGround

ALL Chicken, Beef and other  meat sold are antibiotic free. It's the law.

        Source: USDA


The FDA prohibits pigs and chickens from receiving added hormones—ever.

 Source: FDA

Steroid implants occasionally given to cattle are just 200 mg – the size of an Advil tablet – per 800 lb animal. The USDA, the academy of nutrition and dietetics and the Journal of Clinical Nutrition have all stated that beef from animals that have received steroid implants is just as safe, nutritious, and wholesome as beef from natural and organic programs.

Source: CommonGround


Despite common perceptions pesticides help conventional and organic farmers control weeds, insects, and plant diseases.  Organic farmers can use pesticides derived from natural sources and pesticides that include synthetic substances within the UDSA National Organic Program regulations.

Source:  CommonGround

Families in the US spend on average just 6.7 percent of their income on food at home.  Compare that to 24.9% of income in Mexico, 31.6% in Russia, and 26.9% in China.

Source: CommonGround

From 1980 to 2011, farmers reduced the energy needed to produce a bushel of corn by 44%.

Source: CommonGround

Since 1996, Biotech crops or GMOs reduced herbicide runoff into waterways by 70 percent which helps to keep our water supply clean.  

Source:  CommonGround

Farmers have decreased greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production for all kinds of crops including: 49% in Soybeans, 38% in Rice, 36% in Corn.  

Source:  2012 Field to Market Report

Caffeine is 25 times more toxic than Glyphosate or Round UP.  And is 4 times less toxic than chocolate.

Source: 'The Dose Makes the Poison' in Assessing Toxic Risk. LD50 levels are based on oral ingestions

Kentucky corn yield winner last year were over 400 bushel per acre.  Today we produce 333% more corn on 11% fewer acres compared to 1950.

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy 

U.S. Soybean farmers grow 55% more soybeans than they did 30 years ago and do it on  35% less land.

Source:  CommonGround

Today we produce 11 times more soybeans on 5 times fewer acres than in 1950.

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy 

U.S. cattle farmers and ranchers raise 20% of the world's beef with 7% of the cattle.

Source: Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy 


For more facts about agriculture check out:


Kentucky Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy

American Farm Bureau Federation