North Carolina Agricultural commodities [INFOGRAPHIC]Broilers – Broilers, or chickens raised for meat, are North Carolina’s leading agricultural commodity. State poultry farmers raised 822.7 million broilers in 2015, earning $3.5 billion in production value.

Cattle and Calves – Cattle and beef are big business in North Carolina. Northern mountain and Piedmont county farmers led the state, producing 800,000 cattle and calves in 2015, totaling a value of production of $404.2 million.

Corn for Grain – Corn production in North Carolina is thought to have started in 1866. In 2015, corn for grain value of production totaled $354.7 million, with 82.4 million bushels harvested.

Cotton – A thriving commodity in North Carolina, farmers harvested 355,000 acres of cotton in 2015, totaling $143.3 million in production value. Cottonseed brought the state an additional value of $36.9 million.

Eggs – North Carolina was the eighth-highest egg-producing state in the nation in 2015. Poultry farmers generated a value of production of more than $588.7 million from over 3.7 billion eggs the same year.

Hogs – Hog farming is a key industry in North Carolina – the state ranks No. 2 in the nation for hog production. In 2015, local farmers raised 8.9 million hogs with a $2.2 billion production value.

Soybeans – Increasing demand for biofuels and livestock feed helps soybeans remain an important commodity in North Carolina. Farmers yielded more than 57.3 million bushels for $486.9 million in 2015.

Sweet Potatoes – Not to be outdone, North Carolina is the top state for sweet potatoes. Growers harvested more than 86,000 acres in 2015, earning
$331.7 million in production value.

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Tobacco – North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in the nation. In 2015, local farmers harvested more than 380.2 million pounds of tobacco for a $703.6 million production value.

Turkeys – North Carolina ranks second nationally for turkeys, only behind Minnesota. In 2015, state poultry farmers produced 31 million turkeys for a production value of more than $884.9 million.