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FARMS & FARMERS
Rhode Island approximate land area: 661,627 acres.
Farmland is 67,819 acres or 10.3% of total land.
Organic agriculture accounts for about 277 acres.
Number of Farms: 1,219
Principle Farm Operators: Men: 922   Women: 297
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
Rhode Island has a total population of: 1,051,302
Urban population: 1,051,302
Rural population:  
Food insecure households*: 15.5%
Households with very low food security*: 6.0%
*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)

Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation on June 27, 2014 declaring Calamari as the Official State Appetizer of Rhode Island.

The White Horse Tavern in Rhode Island, built in 1673 is the oldest operating tavern in the United States.

In 1993 Rhode Island adopted Coffee Milk as the Official State Drink.  (Popular in Rhode Island, Coffee Milk is similar to chocolate milk but is made with coffee syrup).

In 1954 Rhode Island adopted the Rhode Island Red [chicken] (Gallus gallus domesticus)  as the Official State Bird.

In 1991 Rhode Island designated the Rhode Island Greening Apple as the Official State Fruit.

In 2000 Rhode Island adopted Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) as the Official State Fish.

In 1987 Rhode Island adopted the Quahog (Clam)  (Mercenaria mercenaria) as the Official State Shell.
 

 

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