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North Carolina has a rich agricultural history that continues to thrive and remains as one of the state’s largest industries. It is one of the largest exporters in the United States for several commodities including Tobacco, Pork, Poultry, and Cotton. Several other crops are major contributors to their agricultural output including Sweet Potatoes, Peanuts, as well as Greenhouse and Nursery products. As of 2017, 8.4 million acres in North Carolina is classified as agricultural land, 27% of the state's land area, with a total of more than 46,000 farms.

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According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, the market value of agricultural products sold in North Carolina was nearly $13 billion. Of this total value, 71% was from the sale of livestock, poultry and their products, and 39% was from the sale of crops including greenhouse and nursery crops. In 2018, North Carolina was the number 1 exporter of tobacco, number 3 exporter of pork and broiler meat, and the number 9 exporter of cotton in the United States.

The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales were Duplin County, Sampson County, Wayne County, Union County, and Bladen County. In total, these counties make up 31% of the state's total agricultural sales.

Top Crops and Commodities
42.96%

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Top Crops and Commodities
  • poultry totals
  • hogs
  • tobacco
  • soybeans
  • vegetable totals
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$12.9B
Economic Impact
46.4K
Number of Farms
182Acres
Average Farm Size

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