- 80+ agtech companies thriving in North Carolina
- Diversified community of small to mid-sized agtech companies
- Leading U.S. life-science cluster covering $59B in annual economic activity
- $92B of economic activity yearly from agriculture
- 90+ different commercially grown crops
- 17% of N.C. workforce in the industry
- Active NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- University-led, statewide NC Cooperative Extension Service
Research and Development
- 3rd largest U.S. bioscience industry cluster
- 7 bioscience parks, including the nation’s largest, Research Triangle Park
- 2 land-grant universities
- 36 wet lab and 25 core lab sites
- 18 state-supported research field stations covering 19,000+ acres
- 8,000+ North Carolina residents work in the agtech industry
- 16-campus UNC college system, 36 private colleges, 59-campus community college system
- Biotech specific workforce development systems: BioNetwork, BRITE, BTEC
- Fastest-growing U.S. biotech hub with 600+ biotech companies
- Low state and local tax burdens
- Top-ranked U.S. location to live, work and conduct business
- Vibrant entrepreneurial and capital investment communities
Dynamic Statewide Partnerships
- NC State University connects economic and workforce development practitioners with content experts to produce job creation and capital investment in North Carolina.
- North Carolina A&T State University bridges global economic development activities and negotiates research relationships and contracts with commercial and federal agency partners.
- NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services increases family farms’ profitability by supporting agricultural enterprises, expanding existing businesses and recruiting new agribusiness to North Carolina.
- NC Department of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina assists overseas firms seeking North Carolina market opportunities through experts in their two domestic and seven foreign locations.
- NC Farm Bureau serves as the “Voice of Agriculture,” convening collaborative conversations, workshops and meetings that keep North Carolina agriculture growing.
- NC Biotechnology Center works with ag biotech businesses, farmers, producers, researchers, IP holders, investors and educators to create agtech industry opportunity.
- NC BioNetwork aligns workforce training and education for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries.
- NC Commodity Organizations, Foundations, Societies, Service and Advocacy Organizations, Ag Educators CALS works side-by-side with partners in government and commodity groups to extend knowledge and improve the lives of citizens in N.C. and beyond.