Farming in the Carolinas

Local News
10:07 am
Mon February 24, 2014

North Carolina's Alpaca Scene

A visitor to the 8th Annual Carolina Alpaca Celebration stares at one of the convention's alpacas--which stares back.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Alpacas—the smaller, South American cousins of the llama—provide fleece for all kinds of knitted goods. The number of alpacas, and alpaca farms, has steadily grown since Americans began importing the animal for its fleece in the 1980s. North Carolina is part of this trend even though its climate is not ideal for alpacas.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

In Carolinas, Heavy Rains Wash Out Farmers' Crops

Tomatoes stick in the mud at Barbee Farms in Concord, N.C.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Rotten peaches, drowned tobacco, moldy wheat and waterlogged watermelons.

Those are a few examples of how heavy rains in the Carolinas are decimating crops. Farmers are dealing with some of the wettest weather they've ever had, and all that rain is washing out a sizable chunk of the Southern economy.

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