Because 17% of us are farmers.

It’s National Ag Week in the United States. How much do you know about NC’s agriculture?

North Carolina is one of the most diverse agricultural states in our nation. We proudly grow 80+ different commodities, using 27% of our land to do it. That ranks us seventh nationally in farm profits. Knowing that, here are ten things you need to know about North Carolina agriculture:

  • North Carolina is home to 50,218 farms, 252 farmers markets, and has an economic impact of $12.5B annually.‍
  • We have 24,574 farmers, of which 7,328 are female—that’s nearly thirty-percent!
  • Farms average 168 acres each, giving agriculture about 8.4M acres of land. Some farms even have >1,000 acres.
  • North Carolina leads the nation in production of flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes.
  • We’re #2 in the nation when it comes to sales of Christmas trees. St. Nick would be proud.
  • We don’t just grow things here. We raise ’em too, bringing in $3.85B for broilers, $2.85B for hogs, and $419M for cattle and calves.
  • Let’s not forget about our aquaculture segment. NC’s biodiversity is home to catfish, trout, tilapia, striped bass, crawfish, and so much more. Catfish and trout alone yield a sales value $11.9M every year.
  • As of 2012, the annual value of our agriculture exports is approximately $3.9B.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Snyders-Lance, and Mt. Olive Pickles call North Carolina home.
  • We’re good at corn. Like really good. It’s the golden field of goodness that helps make Social House Vodka possible. North Carolina has grown corn throughout our history. In 1866, it’s estimated we planted 1.675M acres, peaking in 1899 with 2.72M. That’s s a lot of!