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

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