Biotechnology in Agriculture

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 195+ 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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NC Ag Tech Ecosystem

Ag Tech Companies

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Company Clusters

90-Plant, 32-Animal, 12-Food, 26-Technology, 36-Support

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Agriculture News & Events

Agriculture Sector Development Programs

NCBiotech's Agriculture Sector Development team is part of NCBiotech's Focused Initiative Team bringing added value to sectors of the life sciences.

  • NC Ag Tech Council

    North Carolina's ag tech ecosystem has joined together to form a Council comprised of key leaders from varying perspectives in the agriculture industry and academia. Organized by NCBiotech, the Council addresses key opportunities, challenges, and gaps that present themselves in our state and create solutions that drive impact.

  • NC Ag Tech Loan Fund

    The State of NC has invested $500K in recurring funds to be awarded to NC-based, early-stage, ag tech companies. These awards will range from $100-250K for crop science, animal health and nutrition, food science, and precision ag/ag data analytics. To learn more, visit our funding page or contact

  • NC Ag Tech Professional Forum

    The Forum is currently on hiatus as we look to revamp this program. Visit our NCAgTech YouTube Channel to view previous program recordings.

  • 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.

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  • NC Animal Health & Nutrition - Exchange Group

    This program provides a forum for academic and industry professionals working in this space to discuss topics of relevance, identify technologies for spun out from universities, and network to develop peer-level relationships and company collaborations. Learn more

  • NC Alt Protein Coalition - Intellectual Exchange Group

    This program is an interdisciplinary group of alternative protein stakeholders in NC, with a shared goal to facilitate the creation of an equitable agri-food ecosystem and grow the state as a global alternative protein hub. Learn more

  • Plant Molecular Biology Consortium

    This consortium sponsors monthly seminars featuring notable academic and industrial plant scientists. Membership is open to plant scientists associated with any of North Carolina's colleges or universities and company representatives. Learn more

Many people and groups like NCBiotech 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

There are 195+ ag tech companies are operating across the state of North Carolina. They include:


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

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