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BrightFarms adding production in North Carolina

Hydroponic greenhouse grower BrightFarms’ next project is in Hendersonville, N.C., with a 280,000-square-foot facility estimated to produce up to two million pounds of leafy greens to retailers in the region.

North Carolina leads U.S. sweet potato production

North Carolina sweet potato shipments accounted for 70% of U.S. sweet potato shipments in 2018, down slightly from 73% in 2017 and even with 2016.

N.C. growers expect rebound from 2018’s hurricane woes

Health benefits are becoming a major selling point of North Carolina Sweet potatoes.

Titan Farms, Harris Teeter continue Peaches with a Purpose

Titan Farms, Ridge Spring, S.C., and Harris Teeter, Matthews, N.C., have donated 219,000 pounds of peaches to food banks through the Peaches with a Purpose program over the past five years.

Sweet potatoes leading in export growth

Global sweet potato promotion is growing southern U.S. sweet potato exports.

Sweet potato growers expect supply comeback

After unfavorable weather conditions last fall, sweet potato yields dropped from 224 cwt. per acre in 2017 to 190 cwt. per acre in 2018. This season producers are looking forward to the new crop to bring better yields.

Sweet potato’s Wayne Bailey closes, Jackson Farming picks up sales

Sweet potato grower-shipper Wayne Bailey Produce, Chadbourn, N.C., is closing after 85 years, and its customers will now be served by Jackson Farming Co.

NC Sweetpotato Commission considers branding program

The North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission is planning to launch a branding program for sweet potatoes grown in North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence expected to bring historic flooding, disruptions

Waiting for slow-moving Hurricane Florence to arrive in North Carolina was compared by one observer to being stalked by a turtle.