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Agriculture in Chatham County

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Hillside Dairy

Photo by Duane Hall

Statistics cited below come from the United States Agriculture Census, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and North Carolina State University.

The latest Census of Agriculture by the US Department of Agriculture in 2012 shows that Chatham County had 1,138 farms and the average farm size is 98 acres. This reflects a trend toward smaller more efficient farms as well as the growth of smaller focused on specialty items. Agricultural and agribusiness (food, fibers and forestry) industries account for 33% of Chatham County's total income.

For 2017, Chatham County ranked second in the state for beef cattle, second only to Randolph County.  For all categories of cattle, we ranked in the top five.  

The horticulture industry in the county is diverse and includes some very specialized niche nurseries, such as those producing aquatic/wetlands plants, Asian herbs, shady perennials, crinums, daylilies, orchids, exotic ferns, as well as trees and shrubs.  Chatham County also has a very strong pollinator gardening program to help preserve bees and other pollinators.

  Mellow Marsh Farm
Mellow Marsh Farms off Woody Store Road specializes in wetlands and erosion control plants.

Photo by Duane Hall

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