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NORTH DAKOTA Food Trivia & Facts

FARMS & FARMERS
North Dakota: land area of 44,161,773 acres.
Farmland is 39,674,586 acres or 89.8% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 216,568 acres
Number of Farms: 31,970
Principle Farm Operators:
      Men: 28,314   Women: 3,656
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
North Dakota has a total population of: 683,932
Urban population: 329,845
Rural population: 354,087
Food insecure households*: 7.8%
Households with very low food security*: 3.1%
*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)


In 2009 North Dakota produced about 34% of the dry edible beans in the U.S. (US Census Bureau, 2010)

North Dakota is the second largest wheat producing state (Kansas is number one).

The United States produced 2.1 billion bushels of wheat in 2007. Kansas and North Dakota combined accounted for 28% of the nation's wheat production.
 (USDA)

North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

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.

A former world record hamburger was made in Rutland, North Dakota. In 1982 the town made what was then the World's Largest Hamburger, 3,591 pounds, which was consumed by some 8,000 people.

· In 2011 North Dakota designated the Convergent Lady Beetle [Ladybug] (Hippodamia convergens) the Official State Insect.

· In 2007 North Dakota designated the Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) the Official State Fruit.

· In 1983 North Dakota designated Milk as the Official State Beverage.

· In 1977 North Dakota designated Western Wheatgrass (Agropyron smithii) the Official State Grass.

· In 1969 North Dakota designated the Northern Pike (Esox lucius) the Official State Fish.

· In 1947 North Dakota designated the American Elm (Ulmus americana) the Official State Tree.

 

 

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