A report released earlier this month by the Pew Charitable Trust extolled the virtues of a “new cash crop” in North Carolina. It’s not hogs or chickens, tobacco or soybeans. WFDD contributor Justin Catanoso gives the answer in his column this week in the Business Journal. “It’s solar energy,” he says. “North Carolina has 100 solar energy farms, which is the fifth highest capacity in the country.” Here’s the radio report on 88.5 WFDD.