11NC Pomology Grapes Explosive growth over last five years Vineyards increasing 75%, acres 125%Vineyards in 77% of countiesIncreases due to health benefits, attractive alternative to tobacco
12NC Pomology Peaches Decline in acres, trees, and orchards (23%) Piedmont remains the major peach growing region with 72% of the treesYoung trees available with a brighter future for peach industry
13NC Pomology Blueberries Solid growth over the last five years Coastal plain region has 55% of states growers and 96% of acreageFuture is bright… demand is increasing for this healthy fruit.
14NC Pomology Apples Largest fruit crop in North Carolina 34% decrease in acreage and 23% decrease in trees and orchards since 19961 million apple trees maintainedMountain Region highest producer
15NC Olericulture Sweet Potatoes 555 million pounds were harvested in 2000, 47% increase from 1999Valued at $58.3 million
16NC Olericulture Cucumbers 16,500 tons of cucumbers were harvested Value of the crop was $24.3 million, an increase in of $3.7million
17NC OlericultureSweet Corn81 million poundsValued at $12.2 million
18NC Agriculture Ranking-2009 1st Sweet Potatoes- Yams1st Tobacco (all and flue-cured)2nd Christmas Trees Cash Receipts2nd Hogs and Pigs2nd Trout Sold2nd Turkeys3rd Cucumbers for pickles3rd Strawberries(fresh market)4th Cucumbers Fresh Market5th Broilers (meat chickens)5th Burley Tobacco5th Catfish sold5th Greenhouse/Nursery $5th Peanuts
19NC AgricultureAgriculture is a fusion of the food, fiber, and forestry industries.Agriculture provides $62.6 billion to the state’s economy (20.3%)Agriculture employs 17% of the state’s workforce.Agriculture utilizes 8.9 million of the 31 million acres in North Carolina.
21HorticultureHorticulture is a fusion of vegetables, fruits, landscape/nursery, and the floriculture industries.Horticulture provides $25 billion to the National economy annually.
22Horticulture Conclusion There are a plethora of job opportunities in horticulture and the agriculture industry.Horticulture is what you eat, enjoy in the landscape and in the home, and what you play sports on.If you didn’t have horticulture… what would life really be like?So, remember at your dinner table to thank Horticulturists.