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NEW MEXICO TRIVIA & FACTS

FARMS & FARMERS
New Mexico approximate land area: 77,629,852 acres
Farmland is 43,238,049 acres or 55.7% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 359,310 acres
Number of Farms: 20,930
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 16,284   Women: 4,646
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
New Mexico has a total population of: 2,082,224
Urban population: 1,386,088
Rural population: 696,136
Food insecure households*: 16.5%
Households with very low food security*: 6.3%
*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)


The oldest ears of popping corn were discovered in a bat cave in New Mexico; they are over 5,500 years old.

In 1989 the Bizcochito was adopted as the Official State Cookie.  This made New Mexico the first state with an official cookie.

The official State Vegetables are the Chile and Frijoles (pinto beans).

Hatch, New Mexico is known as the "Green Chile capital of the world".

In 1949 the Chaparral Bird or Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) was designated as the Official State Bird.

In 1927 the Yucca Flower (Genus Yucca) was designated as the Official State Flower.

In 1948 the Nut Pine or Pinon Tree (Pinus edulis)  was designated as the Official State Tree.

In 1955 the Native New Mexico Cutthroat Trout or Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki virginalis)  was designated as the Official State Fish of New Mexico.
 

 

 

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