Challenges for North Carolina Farming 2012

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  • For more information about this presentation, contact Fred Broadwell at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association in Pittsboro, NC. fred@carolinafarmstewards.org www.carolinafarmstewards.org This presentation was made at a joint UNC-Duke symposium on food and farming February 29, 2012.
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  • 1. Challenges forNorth Carolina Farming
  • 2. Challenge 1:Stop Farmland Loss
  • 3. North Carolina: 1982 to 2005766,000 acres lost (USDA 2007)
  • 4. 766,000 acres =1,200 square miles
  • 5. Farmland loss 1982 - 2007 1. Texas 2. Ohio3. North Carolina (USDA 2007)
  • 6. Challenge 2:Attract new farmers
  • 7. The average age of NC farmershas been rising.
  • 8. Average age is 57 (USDA 2007)
  • 9. Diversity amongst NCfarmers is weak, but improving.
  • 10. 87% of NCfarmers are male. (USDA 2007)
  • 11. 95% of NCfarmers are white (USDA 2007)
  • 12. Challenge 3:N.C. grows a lotof confinement livestock, less fruit and veg.
  • 13. $8 Bil. Livestock$400MM Fruit/Veg (USDA 2007)
  • 14. Ranking:#2 in turkeys #2 in hogs#5 in broilers #9 in layers (USDA 2007, 2012)
  • 15. Ranking:#12 in veggies #17 in fruits (USDA 2007)
  • 16. Today 10% of our food budget is typicallyspent on fruits & veg.$600 of $6,000 annually (US Consumer Expenditure Survey 2010)
  • 17. Potential NC fruit/veg demand: $600 X 3.5 MM NC households $ 2. 1 Bil. annually
  • 18. Challenge 4:Increase Organic and Sustainable Production
  • 19. .5 % of NC farms are certified organic -- we rank 16 th with 246 farms (USDA 2007)
  • 20. Organic Farms CA – 2,714 WI – 1,222 NY – 827 PA – 586 VT – 467 MA – 379 (USDA 2008)
  • 21. .1% of NC farmlandis certified organic -- we rank 31 st with 10,000 acres (USDA 2007)
  • 22. Organic AcreageCA – 471,000 acresNY – 168,000 acresVT – 78,000 acresPA – 54,000 acresME – 28,000 acres (USDA 2008)
  • 23. Challenge 5:Address Food Insecurity
  • 24. 21% of N.C. households are foodinsecure or have very low food security (US Census Bureau 2010)
  • 25. NCPoverty Rate: 17.4% (US Census 2010 est.)
  • 26. Lots ofChallenges !