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The WWF estimate that by 2030, the number of people employed by the farming industry will amount to over one million. This proposed increase will be up from that of the 2015 statistic of 638 000. This takes into account formal employment contracts only. The exact amount of informally employed farm workers is still unknown.

According to the 2015 World Wildlife Foundation Report, only 13% of our nation’s land is arable and good for cultivating crops. The vast majority of our land, almost 69%, is used for grazing, which would explain why the farming of livestock is one of our most popular types of farming.

Using today’s irrigation methods, 2,000 more cubic kilometers of water will be needed per year in 2030 to keep everyone fed.

Globally, agriculture water withdrawals (2,703 km3/yr) account for more than double the combined withdrawals for municipal and industrial use (468 km3/yr and 731 km3/yr, respectively).

Irrigation equipment on farm field “Irrigation accounts for the largest use of groundwater in the United States. Some 53.5 billion gallons of groundwater are used daily for agricultural irrigation from 407,923 wells.