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Georgia: approximate land area of 36,798,743 acres
Farmland is 10,150,539 acres or 27.6% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 4,341 acres
Number of Farms: 47,846
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 40,314   Women: 7,532
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

Georgia has a total population of: 9,815,210
   Urban population: 7,971,551
   Rural population: 1,843,659
Food insecure households*: 17.4%
Households with very low food security*: 6.4%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)

Claxton, Georgia, is known as the Fruitcake Capital of the World.

Cordele, Georgia is known as the Watermelon Capital of the world.

The peach became the official State Fruit of Georgia in 1995.

The state vegetable of Georgia is the Vidalia Onion, officially designated in 1990.

The official State Crop of Georgia is the peanut.

    • Georgia produces almost 1/2 of the total U.S. peanut crop.
    • More than 50% of the crop goes to peanut butter production (2002).

    • What is supposedly the World's Largest Peanut is in Turner County. A 20 foot tall peanut, it is a monument to the importance of the peanut in Georgia history.

In 2002 Georgia designated Grits as the Official State Prepared Food.

The Official State Fish of Georgia is the largemouth bass, designated in 1970.

The Honeybee (Apis mellifera) was adopted as Georgia's Official State Insect in 1975.

Georgia hosts the International Poultry Trade Show each year, and chickens are the largest agricultural commodity in the state, accounting for almost $2.5 billion in income each year (2002).


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