North Carolina

State Quick Facts

Population
10,488,084

Total State GDP
$587,711,000,000

State Land Area (Acres)
31,115,520

Land in Forest
60%

Land in Farms
27%

Number of Farms
46,200

Average Farm Size (acres)
182

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$4,680

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
$11,080,622,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
$3,446,376,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
$7,634,246,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Broilers
 $3,857,883,000

Hogs
 $2,129,121,000

Turkeys
 $609,960,000

Miscellaneous Crops
 $591,596,000

Tobacco
 $580,720,000

Top Ag. Exports

Pork
 $646,142,852

Tobacco
 $488,752,143

Other Plant Products
 $448,787,693

Broiler Meat
 $383,063,619

Soybeans
 $230,503,876

North Carolina Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, North Carolina generated around $11.1 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being broilers, hogs, and turkeys. That same year, the value of North Carolina’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 6.2 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of North Carolina’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below. 

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Information related to North Carolina’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found by visiting the following website(s):

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.