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County Agriculture Profiles


This project was a collaboration between the NC State Extension Local Food Program, NC FarmLink, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS).

Visit the CEFS website for the previous set of county profiles (2007-2012).


North Carolina’s agricultural industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes $91.9 billion to the state’s economy, accounts for more than 17 percent of the state’s income, and employs 17 percent of the workforce.1

North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation. The state’s 46,418 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state’s 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. The state ranks eighth nationally in Total Market Value of Agricultural Products Sold. Net income per farm in the state is over $86,645.

This Local Food and Farms infographic is designed for economic developers, planners, local food advocates, and community members to understand the impact of their county and region to the overall NC agricultural economic impact. The economic indicators provided here can help local governments as they design ways to support agricultural businesses as key components of vibrant and resilient, local, and rural economies. Each region in North Carolina presents a unique set of opportunities for sustainable economic growth and entrepreneurship. To help start the conversation, we created discussion points for County Agriculture Profiles.

Consider one example: When school systems purchase food from local farmers, students benefit from access to healthy fresh produce, farmers benefit from sales into local schools, and the community benefits because these local sales are spent at other local businesses. This type of local business opportunity keeps farms in production, maintaining North Carolina’s agricultural asset base both in terms of land and farming know-how. And it keeps dollars spent on food circulating among other local businesses.

1Net Cash Farm Income of the Operations and Producers: 2017 and 2012

Additional Resources

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Local Farms and Food Profiles

North Carolina State Agriculture Profile

Alamance Alexander Alleghany Anson Ashe
Avery Beaufort Bertie Bladen Brunswick
Buncombe Burke Cabarrus Caldwell Camden
Carteret Caswell Catawba Chatham Cherokee
Chowan Clay Cleveland Columbus Craven
Cumberland Currituck Dare Davidson Davie
Duplin Durham Edgecombe Forsyth Franklin
Gaston Gates Graham Granville Greene
Guilford Halifax Harnett Haywood Henderson
Hertford Hoke Hyde Iredell Jackson
Johnston Jones Lee Lenoir Lincoln
Macon Madison Martin McDowell Mecklenburg
Mitchell Montgomery Moore Nash New Hanover
Northampton Onslow Orange Pamlico Pasquotank
Pender Perquimans Person Pitt Polk
Randolph Richmond Robeson Rockingham Rowan
Rutherford Sampson Scotland Stanly Stokes
Surry Swain Transylvania Tyrrell Union
Vance Wake Warren Washington Watauga
Wayne Wilkes Wilson Yadkin Yancey