Niche crops, or products raised for a specialized market, allow farmers to diversify their production. Niche crops include organic fruits and vegetables, and horticultural crops, including herbs, cut flowers, and native ornamentals.
In addition to traditional crops, like tobacco, farmers often plant crops, like specialty vegetables, to increase income. While diversifying crops, farmers must take care to distinguish between a marketable product and one that isn't.
In July, 1992, the College of Management was established at N.C. State University. Created to improve knowledge of business management and economic decision-making skills, the school enrolled 2,030 in 1993 and 2,158 in 1994.
North Carolina exported $3.7 billion in agribusiness products in 1993, with 28% in agricultural crops, 26% in tobacco products, and nearly 20% in textile and apparel products. Other major exports included paper and allied products, lumber, and furniture.
Between 1970 and 1993, state broiler and turkey production grew in value and volume. Nationally, the state ranks first in turkey and fourth in broiler production. Statewide in 1993, poultry and commercial eggs were over 30% of the agricultural market.
In addition to over 10,000 workers employed in poultry production in 1993, the industry also affects the state's economy by supporting over 42,000 workers in such areas as processing, wholesale and retail trade, and transportation.
A number of farm owners want, upon their death, the family farm to pass on to their children. To insure a successful transfer, a well-planned will is essential, and a person should be designated to handle the business of the estate.
Comparing different states' average teacher salaries to determine which states are paying better can be misleading unless such factors as cost of living, amount of education, experience, and working conditions are considered.
With solid waste increasing and landfills bulging, the state's counties and municipalities face hard choices in choosing types of disposal and recycling technologies, deciding on landfill locations, and finding money to pay for the programs.
County recycling programs range from the cheapest, convenience centers where trash and recyclables are deposited, to curbside pickup, the most expensive. Counties consider factors like population density and citizen participation when choosing a program.