Crops and Livestock

The maps below show the impact of geography on North Carolina’s agriculture and changes in farming over time from the eve of the Civil War in 1860 to the present. The maps are drawn from U.S. Census data collected at roughly fifty-year intervals. Each shows the amount of a particular agricultural commodity (a crop, product, or livestock) produced in each of the state’s counties. From them, you can see where various commodities were produced, how much was produced, and how and why the state’s agriculture has changed in the 150 years since.