Statewide: Doing more with less
Total farmland in North Carolina decreased by more than 40% in the last half-century as the state’s population more than doubled. The state had about 50,000 farms in 2012, averaging 168 acres, versus 148,000 farms in 1964 that averaged 97 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s census. But the farms are more lucrative, with each acre producing three times as much revenue as 50 years ago, adjusted for inflation. North Carolina is the leading producer of tobacco and sweet potatoes and ranks second in pork, poultry and Christmas trees.