See also: Idaho Potatoes AND Idaho Food Festivals

IDAHO FOOD TRIVIA and FACTS

FARMS & FARMERS
Idaho: approximate land area of 52,894,974 acres
Farmland is 11,497,383 acres or 21.7% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 147,786 acres
Number of Farms: 25,349
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 22,198   Women: 3,151
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
Idaho has a total population of: 1,584,985
Urban population: 1,044,719
Rural population: 540,266
Food insecure households*: 13.7%
Households with very low food security*: 5.0%
*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: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)


Idaho is the 'Land of Famous Potatoes'

The Potato is Idaho's official State Vegetable (2002).

Idaho grows roughly one-third of the U.S. fall potato crop.

The 'Idaho' potato or 'Russet Burbank' potato was developed by Luther Burbank (1849-1926) in 1871.

It is against the law in Idaho to give anyone a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

The official State Fruit of Idaho is the Huckleberry (2000).

The official State Fish of Idaho is the Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii).
 

 

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