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35 Agriculture PERFECT CLIMATE The county is situated in the coastal plain of North Carolina and has excellent soils and a moderate climate, which is conducive to agricultural production. $436 MILLION IN FARM GATE RECEIPTS According to the US Census of Agriculture, Wayne County is the 3rd largest agriculture county in the state with over $450 million in farm gate receipts. Farm Futures Magazine ranked Wayne County as the 5th best place to farm in the United States. AGRIBUSINESS LEADS WAYNE COUNTY Agriculture is the leading industry for Wayne County and has been since the county was formed in 1779. Early agriculture included hogs, cattle, corn, rice and turpentine. By the mid 1800's, cotton was the major crop grown in Wayne County. By 1900, there were 39 cotton gins in Wayne County and two Cotton Mills (Borden Manufacturing Co. and Wayne Cotton Mills). The Naval Stores industry (tar, pitch, and turpentine) was also a significant industry in the mid 1800's. In the 1870's, tobacco became a major business for the local economy as producers began to grow this lucrative crop and several markets were developed locally. In the mid 1900's, animal agriculture became a significant industry with turkey production increasing. In the 1980's, swine production became a dominate factor in the agriculture economy for the county. Today livestock production accounts for 2/3 of the farm gate receipts. CONNECT WITH AG LEADERS Wayne County's local agriculture offices are located at the Max- well Regional Agricultural and Convention Center (MRACC). The MRACC houses Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. Five of the six high schools have agriculture programs and FFA chapters. Wayne Community College and the University of Mt. Olive have agriculture departments that support our community. The county is also home to Cherry Research Farm and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Monsanto Company and Bayer Crop Science both maintain research farms in the county.

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