LUMBERTON (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have ordered a review of the Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmers Market in Lumberton.
The Fayetteville Observer reported the study due by February could result in closing the center.
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services must determine if the facility could operate if state funding was limited to half of the center's budget.
.If the agriculture department determines that is not possible, the center could close or be turned over to local government or another group.
The state provided more than three-quarters of the facility's budget this year. That's the most of the eight state-run agriculture centers or farmers markets in North Carolina.
The 75-acre site near Interstate 74 and I-95 has space for locally grown produce, a large pavilion and a meeting center.