The importance of agriculture in creating and maintaining jobs is underlined in a report recently undertaken by the US department of Agriculture and Purdue university.
It estimates that over fifty thousand jobs will be create in the agricultural, food and natural resources sector by approx 2015.
Another recent report by the Battelle Institute found that agriculture and agbiosciences play a vital role in economic re-generation and in job creation in many areas of the United States, but especially in the north eastern area of the US.
The north central region of the United States which covers about twelve states, it is estimated that this part of the economy , i.e. the agriculture based economy. it is worth about one hundred and twenty five billion dollars, and employs just under two and a half million people.
Another study by Biocrossroads looked at Indiana, and estimate that the agricultural sector of the economy employs just under a third of all people who work in the life sciences industry.
Its easy in the current economic climate just to think of current concerns, and important as they are, its also important to realize the long term economic and social benefits of a healthy and growing agricultural economy, both in the United States Mid West, and throughout North America as a whole.
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