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11/30/09 — Agriculture businesses add $667 million to local economy

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Agriculture businesses add $667 million to local economy

By Steve Herring
Published in News on November 30, 2009 1:46 PM

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Scott Hargrove picks soybeans on the farm of Ronnie and Nelson Parks on Zion Church Road on Sunday. Wayne County farmers have been working long hours to catch up with the harvest of beans and cotton, which have been held back by a recent spate of rainy weather. More rain is forecast this week. Thousands of acres of soybeans planted each year are a mainstay of the Wayne County economy, which is heavily dependent on agriculture.

The Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service's "We Dig It" campaign asks "Did You Know?" * Agribusiness is the No. 1 industry in the state, contributing $70.1 billion to the state's economy * Farming and agribusiness represent 22 percent of...

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