Balancing Agricultural Productivity with Ground-Based Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Development

N/A | August 19, 2017

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For centuries North Carolina farmers have made a major contribution to the state’s economy by working the land and providing billions of pounds of agricultural and forestry products to meet demands for food and fiber. This resource serves as a foundational economic building block for the state. North Carolina’s farming and forestry community provide North Carolinians and people across the world with food and fiber.

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