North Carolina has become one of the most attractive states for industrial growth and innovative changes in agriculture. Transitional changes from primarily row crop production a diversity of animal agriculture has been rapidly implanted. Additional changes could occur because of the lack of political support for agricultural commodities.
Not only are changes being made in agriculture, but the industrial climate of the state is rapidly changing with the addition of high-tech industries. The population continues to grow which reduces the availability of land for agricultural purposes. Additional stresses are placed on the environment with the abundance of road building and housing developments.
North Carolina is second only to Florida in popularity as a retirement state. This coupled with the popularity of the state as a tourist and recreations attraction, make it even more important that changes should be positive for the state.
There are still thousand of acres of under-utilized land that is suitable for permanent pasture and forage production. With proper research to develop production systems for beef cattle, millions of dollars could be generated for the state. This income would benefit producers, communities, and the state because for every additional dollar produced, several addition dollars in economic activities would be generated. The state and it's people would benefit aesthetically from the improved appearance of rural areas and the land would be preserved for future generations.
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