State Agriculture Project
North Carolina By Adrein Sublett
Crops grown and other facts
Most of what they grow is tobacco,corn,and sweet potatoes.
• North Carolina ranks number one nationally in the production of flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes; second in the production of Christmas trees; third in the production of cucumber and strawberries; and, fourth in the production of cucumbers and upland cotton. The greenhouse/ nursery industry is the number crop producer in North Carolina, followed by tobacco, soybeans, corn, cotton, sweet potatoes, wheat, peanuts, blueberries, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a wide variety of other crops. • Broilers, hogs and pigs, turkeys, and cattle and calves are the main animals raised by North Carolina farmers. North Carolina’s number one commodity (plant or animal) is broilers – chickens raised for their meat. North Carolina ranks second in the nation in the production of hogs and pigs, trout and turkeys; and, fifth, in the production of broilers.• The highest point in North Carolina is Mount Mitchell at 6,648 feet above sea level. The lowest point in North Carolina is at the shore where North Carolina meets the Atlantic Ocean; sea level. • North Carolina had 52,400 farms in 2009. A total of 8,474,671 (2007) acres of North Carolina’s land is in farms. The average size of a farm is 163 acres. • North Carolina’s agriculture industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes over $74 billion annually to the state’s economy, and accounts for 19 percent of the state’s income and employs over 20 percent of the work force.