The Food and Agriculture Sector is almost entirely under private ownership and is composed of an estimated 2.1 million farms, 935,000 restaurants, and more than 200,000 registered food manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities. This sector accounts for roughly one-fifth of the nation’s economic activity.
The Food and Agriculture Sector has critical dependencies with many sectors, but particularly with the following:
Water and Wastewater Systems, for clean irrigation and processed water
Transportation Systems, for movement of products and livestock
Energy, to power the equipment needed for agriculture production and food processing
Chemical, for fertilizers and pesticides used in the production of crops