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Farms, Food and You

Issues in agriculture affect not just farmers. They influence our lives every day. Explore these issues with NC State University experts and others with ties to agriculture and food-related industries in North Carolina and beyond.

Adversity Meets Ingenuity for Food Entrepreneur

When COVID-19 struck, food entrepreneur Will Kornegay used quick thinking and the support of others to turned bad timing with one business into a new venture and a chance to help others who can’t always afford nutritious food.

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Next Episode: Growing NC Food Entrepreneurship

North Carolina ranks third among states when it comes to agricultural diversity, but roughly 80% of what’s grown here is shipped out of the state to be processed. What’s being done to tap the potential for food entrepreneurs to bring these commodities home?

$92.7 Billion

Food, fiber and forestry industries contribute over $92.7 billion annually to North Carolina’s economy. That’s 17 percent of the state’s $538 billion gross state product, according to “Agriculture and Agribusiness: North Carolina’s Number One Industry.”

Source: CALS Economist Mike Walden