North Carolina is the 28th most extensive and the 9th most populous of the U.S. states. The state is divided into 100 counties. The capital is Raleigh. The most populous municipality is Charlotte, which is the third largest banking center in the United States after New York City and San Francisco. The top 10 cities are Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, High Point and Greenville. North Carolina is very unique as it has ‘zones’ that are very well-known and identifiable. These include Metrolina: Charlotte–Gastonia–Salisbury; The Research Triangle: Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill and The Piedmont Triad: Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point. In 2010, North Carolina’s total gross state product was $424.9 billion.

State Department of Agriculture The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ divisions have responsibilities in regulatory and service areas covering agronomy; animal health; weights and measures; gas and oil inspection; crop and livestock statistics; USDA commodity distribution; state farm operations; food, drug and cosmetic testing for purity; agricultural marketing and promotion; agricultural marketing grading; international agricultural crop and livestock marketing; operation of the North Carolina State Fair and North Carolina Mountain State Fair; operation of four state farmers markets; research station operations; seed and fertilizer inspection; nursery and plant pest eradication activities; regulation of the structural pest control and pesticide industries; agricultural environmental issues; soil and water conservation; forest management and protection; state and federal agricultural legislation; and agricultural economic analysis. The Got To Be NC program is the official marketing program for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The primary goal of the program is to assist in the promotion of North Carolina Agriculture as a whole and increasing the visibility of NC products by working with growers and companies that produce NC agricultural products. Through retail and foodservice marketing assistance, as well as, event marketing, special promotions and advertising campaigns focusing on awareness, Got To Be NC can assist companies in their pursuit of reaching the consumer. Got to Be NC Festival: The Got to Be NC Festival (a part of the Got To BE NC Program) is an annual consumer event held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Other Related Programs Manufactured NC: Just about every kind of thing is produced in NC. So whether you’re a manufacturer who wants to localize your supply chain or a newcomer searching for authentic North Carolina barbecue sauce, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here. Made in North Carolina: Links to “N.C. Products” include organizations and companies that support and promote North Carolina products, festivals and events, trade groups and schools, and individual producers. Made in NC Store: Your one-stop-shop for the best of what North Carolina has to offer, including the stories behind our states finest artisans and their creations.