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About North Dakota: The landscape, agriculture and resources.

Covering 70,762 square miles, North Dakota is geographically the nineteenth largest state within the United States of America, but is the third least populated state with the 2008 census recording just 641,481 residents. The population of North Dakota has fluctuated in recent decades with the lowest population being recorded at 617,760 in 1970.

Since the 1990s, North Dakota, just like other 'high plain' states, has seen an almost continuing decline in population, but with the governments new Homestead Act of 2007 encouraging people to move to these regions, offering incentives such as tax breaks, it is hoped that the population will increase in the years to come.

Situated in the region known as the Upper Midwest or the Great Plains, North Dakota is also referred to as the High Plains and shares an international border with Canada, while the state of Minnesota is to the East, South Dakota is to the South, and Montana is to the West. Also known as the friendliest and safest state to visit in America, North Dakota has a rich and diverse heritage with vast, wide open spaces, historic and archeological sites of interest, wineries and ranches.

North Dakota has no less than 20 state parks and recreation areas to enjoy, which include the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Knife River Indian Villages Natural Historic Site in Stanton. The landscape also includes the Red River Valley to the East of North Dakota and the Badlands in the Western regions of the state as well as the hilly Great Plains.

North Dakota can only be described as a rural state, with farms covering 90% of the rich and fertile land. As the most rural state, agriculture has long dominated the economy and it is agriculture that is the biggest contributor to culture within the state too, producing vast quantities of spring and durum wheat as well as barley, rye, sunflowers, flaxseed and sugar beets.

More recently, the state of North Dakota has seen an increase and growth within the manufacturing industries, particularly in food processing and the processing of farming equipment.

The state of North Dakota experiences some of the most extreme weather temperatures around. With extremely cold winters and very hot summers a constant climate feature.

While the state of North Dakota has a plentiful amount of coal and oil reserves, the authorities are big on encouraging and promoting the use of alternative fuels, particularly that of solar power applications and the use of solar panels within individual homes and business premises. The main focus is that solar energy is more cost effective to the residents of North Dakota when it comes to heating spaces, heating water and providing electricity for lighting.

The North Dakota State Energy Program or SEP is on a mission to actively promote energy conservation and energy efficiency so much so that having solar panels installed in the home can mean income tax credits for homeowners and access to energy efficient mortgages to finance the installation of solar panels or other renewable energy technologies within the home.

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