NC State Economist

Jul 19, 2021

The H-2A Visa Program: Addressing Farm Labor Scarcity in North Carolina

An improved H-2A program is essential for the future of agriculture in North Carolina and its rural communities.

Apr 26, 2021

The Contribution of Wild-Caught Seafood to NC’s Economy

New research has found that North Carolina's wild-caught commercial seafood industry provides 5,500 jobs and nearly $300 million to the state's gross domestic product.

Jan 19, 2021

Specialty Crops in 2020: COVID-19 and Other Challenges

Daniel Tregeagle highlights the impact of COVID-19 on specialty crops and shares results from a recent survey of caneberry growers.

Oct 31, 2020

NC State Economist: New Study Explores Climate Change Impacts on North Carolina Coastal Angling

Recreational fishing is an important source of income and jobs in North Carolina. Read how could the industry be impacted by changing weather patterns.

Jul 27, 2020

Pork, Pandemics and Politics: U.S. Agricultural Trade with China

In a year of volatile markets and culminating trade agreements, what can we expect from U.S. exports to China of agricultural products? If the past few months are any indicator, we may need to expect the unexpected.

Feb 17, 2020

2020 Economic Outlook: Down or Just Slowdown?

Indicators suggest growth will continue, albeit more slowly than in 2019.

Jan 2, 2020

North Carolinians Benefit from Water Pollution Credit Trading

This article explores how water quality markets help North Carolina reduce the cost of protecting its waters, while also discussing challenges facing these markets and potential improvements.

Jan 2, 2020

The Affect of Medicaid Expansions on the Agricultural Labor Supply

Any state in which agriculture is a large industry should consider how an ACA Medicaid expansion would increase the traditionally low rates of agricultural workers’ health insurance coverage which could affect the overall labor supply.

Jul 31, 2019

Hemp Law 101: The Regulation of Industrial Hemp

Topics include: the legal history of hemp; the need to clarify laws for farmers, producers and consumers; the impact of the 2018 Farm Bill; and remaining limitations.

May 15, 2019

Blockchain in the Food Supply Chain

This issue of the NC State Economist answers the question: What is blockchain and how does it affect agriculture?