Crop Commercialization Program

Growing ideas into opportunity

The NCBiotech Crop Commercialization Program (CCP) was created to evaluate and coordinate the introduction and market development of newer high-value crops as well as improvements for existing crops that would help our NC farmers. This program facilitates the interdisciplinary collaboration of industry and academic partners to advance high-value crops and ag tech companies, fueling a virtuous cycle that grows NC's agribusiness sector.


Have a project idea for the CCP?

Contact Paul Ulanch, Ph.D., Executive Director, Crop Commercialization Program

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Why participate in CCP projects?

  • Project Ideation

    Project creation through identification of market opportunities and agribusiness challenges.

  • Project Management

    Project coordination through the handling of progress reports, tracking of milestones, finances and metrics, as well as project marketing.

  • Industry Engagement

    Connection of project research and participants to industry, organization of stakeholder meetings, and coordination of outreach and data dissemination.

  • Market Development

    Engagement in the promotion of crops to ensure successful outcomes of projects.

NCBiotech Crop Commercialization Program

The Process and Ongoing Project Examples

The Process
CCP Process Diagram

Project Ideas?

Contact Paul Ulanch, Ph.D. for more info.

Cellulosic Feedstock
Cellulosic Grasses Photo

Purple Carrots
Purple Carrots Photo

Funded by: NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services | NCBiotech

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Photo: Tidewater Agronomics

Animal Feed
Animal Feed Photo

Funded by: Murphy-Brown/Smithfield | NC Pork Council

Project details coming soon

Photo: NCBiotech/MVonCannon

Stevia Photo

Funded by: NCBiotech

Project details coming soon

Photo: NCBiotech/MVonCannon

Hemp Photo

Funded by: NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

See Project Details

Photo: NCBiotech/Dan Routh Photography

Project Partners

  • Industry

    Advanta/ALTA Seed | AgGrow Tech | Avazyme | BASF | Bejo Seeds | Chromatin/Sorghum Partners | DEKALB/Monsanto | Dyna-Gro Seed | Entira | Genera Energy | Golden Acres Genetics | Grimmway Farms | HS Growers | Metabolix | Mojo Seed | Novozymes | Paradigm Plant Producers | Pioneer | PureCircle | Richardson Seeds | S&W Seeds | Smithfield/Murphy Brown * | Southern States

  • Government and NPOs

    Economic Development Partnership of NC | Golden LEAF Foundation *NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services * | NC Farm Bureau Federation | NC Industrial Hemp Association | NC Pork Council *US Department of Agriculture - NIFA *United Sorghum Checkoff Program * | VA Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

  • Academia

    NC State University | Clemson University | University of Maryland | VA Polytechnic Institute and State University

    * Funding Partners

For questions or more information, contact:
Paul Ulanch, Ph.D., MBA
Senior Director of Stewardship Focused Initiatives 919-549-8818 |

Header photo: MVonCannon, NCBiotech

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