Community gardens can give people who don’t have land the chance to grow healthy food while connecting with others. At a garden on a former plantation in North Carolina’s Piedmont, refugees from Myanmar are reconnecting with their agrarian roots, producing the kinds of Asian vegetables that they and their ancestors grew before a long, brutal civil war caused them to flee.
The Future of North Carolina Agriculture
Farmers are the backbone of North Carolina’s $92.7 billion agriculture and agribusiness industry. What opportunities do industry leaders see as keys to a successful future? And how are NC State Extension and research helping position them to make the most of those opportunities?
Farmworker Health and Safety
Farmworkers are essential to our lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their work hasn’t stopped. Hear about the risks these workers face as they produce our food and about ways NC State Extension, its partners and other state agencies are helping lower those risks.
The Dine-In Revival
Stay-at-home guidelines have eased, and many North Carolina restaurants are reopening their dining rooms. In the latest episode of CALS’ Farms, Food and You podcast, guests share insights on COVID-19’s impact on restaurants and what the industry and NC State Extension are doing to keep guests and workers safe.
The State of North Carolina Agriculture
North Carolina’s agriculture and agribusiness industry remains a powerhouse, generating about one-sixth of the state’s income and jobs. Learn more about a recently released economic snapshot into the industry's impact, and hear what farmers and others have to say about the state of the industry today.
How That Pig Got to the Market
The pork you had for dinner last night? Farmers began working on it a year ago. But much has changed since then. Find out more about slowdowns at processing plants and how they could affect farmers and consumers for months to come.
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