Census Numbers are Out, and North Carolina Has Grown in the Past Decade
North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that the results of the 2010 Census shows that the state of North Carolina gained nearly 1.5 million people in the past decade, which is an 18.5% increase. These numbers represent the highest number in the Southeast.
Mr. Troxler says that the higher number means more potential customers for farmers, farmers' markets and community-supported agriculture, but also puts more pressure on the land resources and infrastructure of the state.
Another challange that comes with a lot of newcomers is educating them about the importance of agriculture to our state. Agriculture is not only important for feeding us, but also for our economic health.