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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.

This Truffle’s No Trifle

Man’s best friend helps unearth a potentially lucrative crop in western North Carolina. NC State Extension’s Katie Learn talks about these rare delicacies and what Extension is doing to help truffle growers.

A dog and its trainers looking for truffles outside
Truffle dog Monza, pictured here with her trainer and a researcher at Mountain Research Station, has found over 50 black Périgord truffles in the NC State orchard.

$95.9 Billion

Food, fiber and forestry industries contribute over $95.9 billion annually to North Carolina’s economy. That’s 16% of the state’s $592 billion gross state product, according to “Agriculture and Agribusiness: North Carolina’s Number One Industry.”