And (while we’re on the subject) another thing about Iowa…
Is it really a farm state? Is any state really a farm state?
Fun fact: Agriculture provides 3 percent of Iowa’s gross domestic product. (Manufacturing provides 21 percent.)
Last week, when the president appointed Ed Schafer of North Dakota as the new Secretary of Agriculture, Schafer said: “Mr. President, I come from an agriculture state, as do you.” (Tx Eliz.)
According to the BEA, agriculture is 6 percent of North Dakota’s economy, and 0.8 percent of Texas’s.
All this (along with news of our evaporating West and the Senate’s farm bill debate this week) makes me wonder: What state does not see itself as an “agriculture state”? I’ll take a guess: Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, West Virginia and Nevada. That’s eight. If you count oceans as agriculture, we’re down to two, and if you count checkers — well, then all you’ve got is Nevada.
-posted by Mike