Areas of Focus

Agri-Business

This Area of Focus is a critical component of Union County's economic fabric.  It literally spans over every corner of the county, establishing it as one of the top agriculture areas, not only in North Carolina, but the entire United States. Union County also possesses a plentiful basket of timber for processing and the largest equine population in the State.  In agriculture, agri-business is a generic term applied to the businesses of agriculturally-related production.  It encompasses everything from crop production, timber, seed, agri-chemicals, farm machinery and implements, agri-processing, wholesale and distribution of crops, to their marketing and retail sale.  Union County has the established base of agricultural producers, but currently has not leveraged this asset to their full potential.  The opportunities that exist within this Area of Focus are vast.

There are three Broad Business Sectors within this Area of Focus

  • Farming
  • Processing
  • Equine

The Specific Targeted Industries under this Area of Focus include

  • Food Processing
  • Specialty Foods / Products
  • Equine Support Industries
  • Timber Processing
  • Poultry Farming
  • Nutritional Science Support
  • Traditional Crop Farming
  • Farm Support Services
  • Agricultural Processing
  • Farm Implements

 

 

 

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