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Agriculture in North Carolina: Home

A guide to print and digital resources, including state documents, on North Carolina's agricultural industry.

About This Guide

  NC Department of Agriculture     


Farming and agriculture have been an important part of North Carolina’s economy throughout its history. Today, North Carolina’s agriculture industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes around $76 billion to the state’s economy. This guide, while in no way comprehensive, is a compilation of resources for those interested in the industry, history and culture of North Carolina agriculture. It also provides a list of important reports and statistical publications pertaining to North Carolina’s agricultural industry, in print and digital formats.

Did You Know?

  • North Carolina is number one nationally in the production of tobacco and sweet potatoes.
  • North Carolina ranks second in the US for hog and turkey production, and Christmas tree sales.
  • In 2017, North Carolina had 50,200+ farms, with a total of more than 8.4 million acres.

Bertone, R. (2017). Giving it all. North Carolina Agriculture, 2. Retrieved from

Image Credits

1. North Carolina Agricultural Statistics, 2015. N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Page 12.

2. N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services full-color seal.

3. North Carolina Agricultural Statistics, 2015. N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Page 51.

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Contact Information

Government & Heritage Library


Phone: (919) 814-6790


Physical address:
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Mailing address:
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Raleigh, NC 27699-4600

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As the library of North Carolina state government, our purpose is to present factual information about North Carolina's history, culture, government, and natural resources. We do our best to provide correct and up-to-date information.