Agriculture and Agribusiness: North Carolina’s Number One Industry

ARE Economist, Dr. Mike Walden, recently updated his 2015 estimates of the economic contribution of agriculture and agribusiness in North Carolina. Agriculture and agribusiness — food, fiber and forestry —  account for one-sixth of the state’s income and employees. Nearly $84 billion of the $495 billion gross state product, almost 17 percent, is contributed by food, fiber and forestry industries. These industries account for 686,000 of the state’s 4.2 million employees.

View the report here.