NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Farm Opportunities”

08-20-15  2:36 run time

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at farm opportunities.  Mike, farming is, perhaps, the oldest economic sector.  It is still a very important component of our rural counties and regions.  What are some of the opportunities for farming in the future?

Mike: Summary Answer

  1. Big one in NC is in meat production and processing – exports
  2. Also big push for freshness – so local farm to local restaurant, and local farm to local consumers (farmers’ markets)
  3. Another opportunity – some retirees want to capture – or recapture – a more nature-oriented lifestyle – so farm/living developments
  4. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service