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North Carolina’s booming agriculture industry is as varied as the state’s geography. From the towering Appalachian Mountains to the Coastal Plain, North Carolina’s climate and landscapes allow for a bounty of agricultural products. The state ranks first in the nation in farm cash receipts for tobacco and sweet potatoes; second for poultry and eggs; and third for pork and trout. Along with these commodities, North Carolina’s hardworking farmers produce cotton, soybeans, peanuts, hogs and pigs, nursery products, aquaculture products, and more.

But North Carolina agriculture is more than just commodities. Agritourism, agricultural exports, healthy eating incentives and research are just a few of the other aspects of the state’s industry. About 49,500 farms spread across 8.4 million acres of land across the state, with each farm averaging about 168 acres in size. All these farms strongly contribute to agriculture’s economic impact on North Carolina, which rings in at $76 billion annually.

How North Carolina Organizations Are Reducing Food Waste

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Society of St. Andrew are examples of organizations that are actively combatting food waste in North Carolina.

Growing Future Leaders in North Carolina

Youth agriculture programs, such as FFA and 4-H, prepare the next generation of future leaders for careers in the agriculture industry and beyond.

North Carolina Agriculture by the Numbers



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Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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