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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2020 Economic Outlook: Down or Just Slowdown?
Indicators suggest growth will continue, albeit more slowly than in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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?