Agriculture in Iredell County has an economic impact of $662 million with cash gate receipts of $165 million. Of the 367,488 total acres in Iredell County, 133,346 acres or 36 percent is consumed by 1,055 farms with an average farm size of 126 acres. Of the Iredell County farms 100% are family owned and 1% farm organically. In North Carolina, Iredell County ranks first in dairy production, first in all cattle (both beef and dairy), and corn silage production. In addition, Iredell County ranks sixth in poultry (layers), and fifth in hay production. Other crops include soybeans, corn, wheat, rapeseed, cotton, viniferous grapes, strawberries, nursery crops as well as forestry and forest products. Iredell County also houses regional milling facilities and fertilizer manufacturers.

Top 5 Employers

Bay State MillingFlower milling1-99bay state
Rocky Creek VeterinaryDairy1-99Rocky Creek
Southern Farming AssociationDairy Farms1-99
Perdue FarmsFarm1-99Perdue Farms
Crop ProductionAgriculture1-99

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), Bureau of Labor Statistics