By Dr. Mercola In 1978, farmers (owners and tenants) and farm workers were the most common jobs in eight U.S. states.1 But the number of farmers in the U.S. has been on the decline for a century, and if grain prices continue to fall we could be facing the largest number of farm closures since the 1980s in the years to come. U.S. farms once numbered around 6 million (circa 1945), but in 2015 this number had dropped to just over 2 million — about the same number that existed in the mid-1800s. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that total U.S. acres farmed have also dropped a significant 24 percent, bringing it to just over 900 million acres.2 Farmers that have been working the land for generations are increasingly being forced out of business, unable to make a profit. A worldwide grain glut and rising costs for seeds, fertilizer and equipment have led to some farmers losing more than $120 per acre. Others, particularly grain farmers, are only able to make ends meet by taking on se


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