Title

Food Security: Fast Growing Crops For Economical Sustainability In North Carolina

Student Classification

Senior

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Lyubov A Kurkalova

Department

Civil Engineering

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

Fall 2019

Abstract

Because North Carolina is known for its farming industry, this research explores its possible agricultural expansion in hollow areas for economic development. Utilizing ArcGIS, a map of all the hollow areas in North Carolina was created and accessed with recent crop data to find adequate land to allow fast growing crops to be planted. These fast growing crops will help lower production costs and have better yields in comparison to conventional crops, thus providing monetary development and sustainability in these areas of North Carolina. The results from the data found that over 10% of the hollow areas in North Carolina are agriculturally suitable for fast growing crops.

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