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Nebraska approximate land area: 49,168,368 acres
Farmland is 45,480,358 acres or 92.5% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 183,032 acres
Number of Farms: 47,712
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 43,687   Women: 4,025
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

Nebraska has a total population of: 1,842,641
Urban population: 1,087,177
Rural population: 755,464
Food insecure households*: 13.3%
Households with very low food security*: 4.9%
*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)

A few of Nebraska's nicknames:
   • Cornhusker State (official since 1945)
   • Tree Planters State (official until 1945)
   • The Beef State
   • The Antelope State.

Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont, Nebraska.

In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska invented the powdered soft drink Kool-Aid.

In 1998 Kool-Aid was designated as the Official Soft Drink of Nebraska.

Nebraska is supposedly the birthplace of the Rueben sandwich.

In 1997 the Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) was designated as the Official State Fish of Nebraska.

In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no female wearing a 'hat that would scare a timid person' can be seen eating onions in public.

In 1998 Milk was designated as the Official State Beverage of Nebraska.

Nebraska designated the Honeybee (Apis mellifica) as its Official State Insect in 1975.

In 1981 the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was designated as the Official State Mammal of Nebraska.



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