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The Census Bureau has published the 1984 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey report. According to North Carolina Agricultural Extension agents, the report underestimated the number of farm acres under irrigation in North Carolina. Farm ponds are the number one source of irrigation water in North Carolina, followed by streams and groundwater.
The total number of farms in North Carolina and in the United States is decreasing as technology increases productivity and cuts production costs.
With a combination of traditional products, like tobacco, and new crops such as broccoli and farm-raised trout, state farmers netted a record $5 billion from $41 billion in gross sales. The state now ranks ninth among farm states.
Although farming contributes about $70 billion annually to the state's economy, farms continue to decline. Between 1982 and 2007, over 1.8 million acres of farmland were lost along with 20,000 farms.
Drought and heavy rains in 1995 destroyed many crops statewide. However, diversification in crops and livestock, plus exports, enabled state farmers to achieve receipts of $5 billion.