The August Business North Carolina magazine offers a mix of stocks, livestock and stories of entrepreneurship. The annual ranking of the 75 largest companies based in the state shows sharp declines in market value over the past year. Ed Martin’s cover story describes how small cattle and hog farms are making big gains as consumers prefer healthier proteins. Connie Gentry explains why Boone housing is becoming so expensive. Another feature spotlights companies that are taking aggressive steps to motivate and retain staff. Other stories include the financial success of the big N.C. hospital systems; the controversial departures of Dentsply Sirona’s top two executives and Greensboro developer Roy Carroll’s experience at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.