North Carolina’s soybean growers and other leading farm groups joined forces in the fall of 2011 to form North Carolina Animal Agriculture Coalition — the first of its kind in the Southeast.

Supporting the NCAAC is a natural thing for North Carolina soybean growers says Association President Charles Hall.

North Carolina grows more soybeans than any other state east of the Mississippi River and ranks among the tops in the country in poultry and among the leaders in the Southeast in hogs.

The scope of agriculture in North Carolina is huge and wide-ranging. North Carolina has approximately 2,300 hog farms and raises nearly 10 million hogs annually. Poultry growers in the state produce more than 10 percent of the country’s eggs, chicken and turkey products.

Hall says animal agriculture is the single largest customer for soybean meal, which is one of the two main components of soybeans. Soy oil and meal generate more than $9 billion annually to boost the state’s economy.

North Carolina's agricultural industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes more than $70 billion annually to the state's economy, and accounts for 18 percent of the state's income, and employs over 17 percent of the work force.

The state's 52,400 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.6 million of the state's 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber.

North Carolina produces more tobacco and sweet potatoes than any other state and ranks second in Christmas tree cash receipts, and the production of hogs and turkeys.

The state ranks seventh nationally in farm profits with a net farm income of over $3.3 billion.

Nationwide, the impact the various components of agriculture have on each other and the impact the sum total of agriculture has on the economic well being of all states is beginning to capture the attention of various commodity groups, including the five groups that started the NCAAC.