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North Carolina agriculture produces key parts of Thanksgiving meal

North Carolina’s agricultural industry contributes $78 billion to the state’s economy according to the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Two of the state’s leading agricultural products—sweet potatoes and turkeys—will likely grace many tables this Thursday as individuals and their … Continue reading

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Agriculture and Food Statistics: USDA Charts the Essentials

The USDA Economic Research Service produces a lot of data about our nation’s farms and food stuffs. Recently, they made their series of “the essentials” into an easy to navigate portal, filled with 70 charts and maps that highlight key … Continue reading

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NC in Focus: Christmas Trees & Poinsettias

“What many people don’t know about North Carolina is that we sell the largest number of Christmas trees of any state on the Eastern seaboard. In 2012, our growers cut nearly 4.3 million Christmas trees. Only Oregon growers cut and … Continue reading

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NC in Focus: Turkeys

NC doesn’t just lead the nation in sweet potatoes – we’re also one of the top turkey producing states. Here are a few fun facts about NC turkeys: 1992 Turkey production—measured as number of heads of turkey produced—peaked in North … Continue reading

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NC in Focus: Sweet Potatoes

North Carolina farm products are likely to have a starring role in next week’s Thanksgiving dinners across the state (and nation). Our state farms lead the nation in both sweet potato and turkey production. Here are a few fun facts … Continue reading

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