Agriculture and Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Agriculture fills up your plate each Thanksgiving and North Carolina farmers play a large role in this. If you put a big slice of turkey on your plate you can thank a North Carolina farmer as we produce the second most turkeys in the country slightly behind Minnesota. If turkey is not your thing, and you are looking forward to a nice juicy baked ham, keep in mind N.C. ranks third overall in hog production.

And who doesn’t love sweet potato casserole as a side dish (or dessert option)? Lucky for you, our state’s farmers produce more sweet potatoes than every other state combined!

North Carolina agriculture is one of the most diverse in the country with farmers producing a variety of goods but agricultural products from across the country have a big  impact on Thanksgiving as well. If you have a more traditional meal with cranberry sauce, you can look out to Wisconsin as over half of the country’s cranberries are produced there. It’s hard not to enjoy a generous helping of Mac and Cheese and multiple states help “bake” this side dish. Kansas and North Dakota produce the most wheat to make up the pasta and Wisconsin and California produce the most cheese.

If you like pumpkin pie, it could be from North Carolina as we are 12th in production. More than likely though, it’s probably shipped in from Illinois with over 39% of the country’s production coming from within their state. Sticking with the dessert trend you can look down south to Georgia if you enjoy pecan pie or look up to the northwest at Washington for your apple pie. I’ve listed 9 states from across the country that could be on your dinner table this Thanksgiving. Your dessert could have traveled thousands of miles, or your entrée could be from down the road, but every farmer has done their part to feed the country this holiday season.