Understanding Agriculture: Series Introduction

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The agriculture industry plays a vital role in our society. We all engage with agricultural products every single day. Think about it….we all eat! Today, less than 2% of the American population produces the food that the remaining 98% enjoy. Here in Currituck County about ⅕ of the total acreage is farmland. Many of us can look out our windows and see acres of corn, wheat or soybeans. Few of us however, are familiar with the knowledge, skill and abilities it takes to successfully raise these and other agricultural commodities.

Over the next several months, the Currituck Agriculture staff including Agriculture Extension Agent, Jody Carpenter and Agriculture Technician, Sarah Watts will introduce you to various topics, terms and practices common to farming and agriculture in our area. Our local farmers are valued members of our community and we hope this series helps you to understand them and their important contributions to the lives, land and economy in Currituck County.

For more information on agriculture in Currituck County, contact Jody Carpenter, Agriculture Extension Agent at 252-232-2261 or jody_carpenter@ncsu.edu.

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