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for North Carolina State Economist Vol. Issue , Mar/Apr 1996
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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.