SEE ALSO: Montana Food Festivals
MONTANA FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS
FARMS & FARMERS
Montana: approximate land area 93,134,579 acres
Farmland is 61,388,462 acres or 65.9% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 215,248 acres
Number of Farms: 29,524
Principle Farm Operators:
Men: 24,938 Women: 4,586
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) [2007-2008 latest available data]
POPULATION & HUNGER
Montana has a total population of: 998,199
Urban population: 352,072
Rural population: 646,127
Food insecure households*: 14.5%
Households with very low food security*: 5.4%
*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: www.ers.usda.gov ) (Population & Food Security data: 2011)
Rocky mountain oysters or mountain oysters - This term, common in the western U.S., refers to sheep's, bull's, boar's or prairie dog's testicles used for food. Usually breaded and deep fried, they can also be sauteed, braised or poached. Clinton, Montana has an annual Testicle Festival each year.
In Montana the elk, deer and antelope outnumber the people.
The Chinook High School mascot is the Sugar Beet.
West Yellowstone sponsors the 'Spam Cup' cross country ski race, with the winner receiving a can of Spam.
In 1904 North Dakota was a prohibition state but Montana wasn't. In Sidney, Montana a bar was built on the state line, so you could buy your drink in Montana, and drink it in North Dakota.
In 1977 the Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout (Salmo clarki) was designated as the Official State Fish.
In 1973 Bluebunch Wheatgrass (Agropyron spicatum) was designated as the Official State Grass of Montana.
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