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South Dakota: land area of 48,511,810 acres
Farmland is 43,666,403 acres or 90.0% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 196,835 acres
Number of Farms: 31,169
Principle Farm Operators:
     Men: 28,775   Women: 2,394
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

South Dakota has a total population of: 824,082
Urban population: 375,445
Rural population: 448,637
Food insecure households*: 12.7%
Households with very low food security*: 5.3%
*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: )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)

Clark, South Dakota is the ‘Potato Capital of South Dakota’.  It is also the home of Clark Potato Day festival featuring Mashed Potato Wrestling.

Mitchell, South Dakota is the home of the world's only Corn Palace and Corn Palace Festival.
     Built in 1892 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the Corn Palace was created to dramatically display the products of the harvest of South Dakota's farmers, in murals on the outside of the building. The murals are made from thousands of bushels of corn and other grains and grasses such as wild oats, rye, straw, and wheat.
     Each year these corn decorations are completely stripped down and entirely new murals are created. The Corn Palace is a great tourist attraction and a meeting place for the community. Many events are held here and the most popular is the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. But the horses must be watched carefully so they don't eat the building!
Library of Congress Local Legacies Project

    In 2005 South Dakota adopted Fry Bread as the Official State Bread.

    In 2000 Kuchen was named Official State Dessert

    In 1986 Milk was named the Official State Drink

    In 1982 Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) was adopted as the Official State Fish.

    In 1978 the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) was adopted as the Official State Insect.

    In 1970 Western Wheat Grass (Agropyron smithii) was adopted as the Official State Grass.

    In 1943 South Dakota adopted the Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus culchicus) as the Official State Bird.



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