Hug A Farmer. Eat Local! Did you know that Farming is the largest job creation industry in our nation? Here’s how this affects us locally and how we can help our farmers. Today, each US farmer feeds an average of 155 people compared to the 1940s when a farmer only fed and average of 19 people! It really is quite amazing but, to feed the world, our farmers will need to produce more food over the next 50 years than was produced in the previous 10,000 years combined!