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Edgecombe County land and farms are sought after by investors, developers, businesses looking to relocate and homebuyers. Land in Edgecombe County is in the Coastal Plain and encompasses 507 square miles. Adjacent counties include Halifax, Martin, Pitt, Wilson and Nash. Transportation corridors I-95 and US Highway 64 make it attractive for shipping, and it’s just a 60-minute drive to Raleigh. More than 51,000 residents call the rural county home, and agricultural and manufacturing form its economic base. Farmland covers 148,917 acres, and livestock and poultry are 53% of the agricultural sales. Seventy-two percent of the farmland is for crops, and 21% remains as woodlands. Some farmers build impoundments in their fields to attract ducks for hunting. Hunters also bag deer, turkeys, doves and upland game birds. The Tar River and other area waterbodies are haunts of fishermen in search of shad, catfish and other species. Included in the top private employers are QVC Rocky Mount Inc., Hillshire Brands Co., Meblel Inc., Carolina System Technology Inc. and Meadowbrook Meat Co. Inc. Visitors are attracted to the historic towns of Princeville and Tarboro, the East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center and the local public golf course. Public education is provided to K-12 by Edgecombe County Public Schools, and higher learning is available at Edgecombe Community College.