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North Carolina's AgBiotech Initiative

AgBiotech Group

Hub for all ag biotech efforts in the state of North Carolina, working with existing and emerging ag biotech businesses, farmers, producers, researchers, intellectual property holders, investors and educators to CREATE opportunity.

Agricultural Biotechnology:  Accelerating Economic Opportunities in North Carolina


Strategic Projects

  • AgBIOCEPS - Agricultural Bioscience Company and Entrepreneurial Profile System Database showcasing North Carolina entrepreneurial ag biotech companies seeking investment and partnerships.

  • AgBio[sphere] (launched November 5, 2014)
    North Carolina's new agricultural biotechnology economic development platform naming N.C. as the complete ecosystem, here to support industry recruitment by educating prospective ag biotech ventures about our state's assets and by establishing a streamlined consulting process to expedite market entry into N.C. for research and business interests. This includes AgBio[acceleration], a free, one-stop consultative process, devoted to assisting local and global ag biotech corporations interested in establishing here in N.C., comprised of consulting members from NCBiotech Center, NC BioNetwork, NC A&T State University, NC State University, NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services and NC Dept. of Commerce. View Video

  • Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase 2015 (Held May 19)
    NC, the global hub for ag biotech, will showcase crop biotech and animal health companies from across the greater Southeastern states.  Entrepreneurs will pitch their company and technologies to national investors and other leaders to grow the ag biotech industry.  Panels will explore and discuss the regulatory challenges faced by these same sectors as well as technology scouts sharing insights into what industry is seeking in future innovation.  A keynote by Neal Carter, President, Okanagan Specialty Fruits will inspire innovation development and partnerships in the ag biotech industry.  See highlights from Showcase 2014 Showcase 2013.

  • Ag Biotech Industry in the Classroom 2015 (July 27-31)
    Industry sponsored summer workshops for science and agriculture teachers, with age-specific agendas for middle school (2013, 2015) and high school (2013-2015), providing an overview of modern agricultural technology, the agricultural value chain and agricultural applications of biotechnology.

  • Ag Biotech Professional Forums: Event Series (Quarterly)
    This event series will be held throughout the year providing the opportunity for industry leaders and industry professionals/supporters to learn about NC’s diverse ag biotech resources, while also offering a setting for networking and engagement outside of our normal work spaces. Each Forum will include a short program of speakers, industry announcements, and an open forum for communication within our industry. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

  • Biotechnology Crop Commercialization Center (BCCC)
    Center to facilitate crop improvements by aligning critical market needs with research assets, adding value to agriculture in North Carolina.

  • NC AgBiotech Advisory Council
    The Advisory Council is comprised of 18-24 leaders representing institutions and vantage points key to agricultural biotechnology development throughout our state. Strategic Project Workgroups are developed of statewide participants attentive to ag biotech to generate activities directed toward summits, marketing, economic development, public issue awareness, leader engagement, education, global partnerships, and statewide agricultural biotechnology-directed awards.

  • NC Ag Biotech: Economic Growth October 2015 Report (Quarterly)
    This report provides an economic growth snapshot of the ag biotech industry sector in North Carolina.  Using the agricultural industry as a benchmark, January 2010 is used as a baseline to chart the state's ag biotech company and technology development. (2015: January, April, July  2014: July, October)

  • NC Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit 2014 (November 18-19)
    Convening of NC leaders and stakeholders making a commitment to ensure shared thinking, coordinated activities and goals to continue growing the agriculture industry in NC through biotechnology. See highlights from the Ag Biotech Summit 2012. (Agenda) (Session Videos)

To see our full list of projects, please review our 2013 Strategic Projects Booklet.