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for We the People of North Carolina Vol. 23 Issue 5, October 1965
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The penetrating odor surrounding the dockside plants and warehouses at Beaufort, North Carolina is a combination of menhaden and money. Harvesting and processing of menhaden is a large-scale enterprise and accounts for 60% of the annual commercial catch in the U.S. Along the North Carolina coast, menhaden industries represent a total investment of more than $80 million and an annual gross product over $8 million with over 1200 engaged in the business during peak fishing season.
For generations, the textile industry has been a bulwark in North Carolina's economy. As it continues to grow, it continues to be a major factor in the development of the state. North Carolina leads the nation in production of textile products, up a total of 52 new textile plants in just one year.
North Carolina is the home of considerably abundant water resources, including several substantial watersheds across the state. With increasing use of these resources for industry and growing populations, the state has become increasingly aware of the need to carry out careful management of its water resources.
It is estimated that 100,000 laying hens will create an estimated $1.3 million worth of business annually. But with over 11 million laying hens in North Carolina, income from eggs, feed, electricity, and packaging is estimated to be over $140 million annually.