WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, MARCH 7: LUTHER BURBANK
Profile America -- Monday, March 7th. Today marks the birthday of a man who contributed much to the way we eat -- but especially those who love baked potatoes. The man was Luther Burbank, who decided that better plants could be developed by natural selection and crossbreeding. Over the course of his lifetime, he introduced more than 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables and grains. One of his successes was a large, firm potato, now called the Russett Burbank. These make up most of the huge potato crop grown in Idaho, the nation's leading producer. Potatoes are a $3.7 billion a year crop, and Americans eat an average of just under 37 pounds of fresh potatoes annually. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 162
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 837, 214
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau