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North Carolina is a place where agricultural tradition and 21st century science meet to create unmatched research and business opportunities.

Here, virtually any ag tech company, researcher, investor or holder of intellectual property will find unique opportunities for transforming ideas into products.

This is evident in our 170+ ag tech companies and hundreds of world-class ag tech scientists, including global thought leaders working in our colleges and universities.

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Agriculture Sector Development Programs

NCBiotech's Agriculture Sector Development team is guided by an Advisory Council comprised of 16-20 leaders in the agriculture industry and education.

  • Ag Tech Professional Forums

    Annual event series for industry leaders and professionals to learn about North Carolina's diverse ag tech resources. Each includes a short program of speakers followed by a networking reception.

    2019 Forums: February 20 April 17 June 19 September 18 November 13 
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  • Crop Commercialization Program

    Project convening partners to conduct research including trait identification, development, grower engagement and market introduction to improve and commercialize vegetable, fruit and feed crops in North Carolina. (new web page coming soon)

  • NC Ag Tech Economic Growth Report

    Semi-annual report providing an economic growth snapshot of the ag tech industry in North Carolina, that charts the state's ag tech company and technology developments.

    View July 2019 Summary | January 2019 Full Report 

  • Crop, Animal and Food Tech Showcase

    Event to connect entrepreneurs, investors, tech scouts and others. The event facilitates partnerships and deal flow, and also inspires researchers to commercialize their most promising results. This program is currently undergoing evaluation for changes moving forward.

    View past Showcase Highlights: 2018 2016 2015 2014 2013 │2012 

  • Ag Biotech Summit

    Event previously held every two years to engage the agriculture and life science communities, addressing key topics such as emerging technologies, research innovation, technology commercialization, regulation, policy, public acceptance, agricultural production and ag tech products.

    View past Summit Highlights: 2018 2016 2014 2012

  • Ponytail Ag Campaign

    Four of North Carolina's key agricultural partners are coming together in a collaborative effort to highlight the contributions women have made to the agriculture industry in North Carolina. NCBiotech will be working with N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer ServicesN.C. Farm Bureau, and Feed the Dialogue N.C. on a social media campaign that kicks off August 26.

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Many people and groups like the Biotech Center helped us prove our concept so we could attract our first venture capital investment more than three years ago.

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Ag Tech companies in NC

More than 170 ag tech companies are operating across the state of North Carolina. They include:


For questions or more information, contact:
Michelle VonCannon
Agriculture Program and Event Manager

Agriculture Sector Development

919-549-8858 |