Agribusiness Development

Agribusiness Fact

North Carolina's agriculture industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes $74.3 billion to the state's economy, accounts for nearly one-fifth of the state's income, and employs 17% of the work force. If you have questions or need assistance in planning, expansion, financing or site location for new or existing agribusiness related industries, please give the NCDA&CS a call. We will be glad to assist by providing assistance or directing you to the appropriate authority.

Starting a Food Business

A step-by-step guide to what you need to know to start a food business in NC. Also includes links to other, relevant NC agencies. Click here for a handy resource

NCDA&CS Small Dairy Pasteurizer Loan Program
The pasteurizer loan program is designed to assist farm-based entrepreneurs in entering the market and increasing profits. Participant farms will allow for NCDA&CS personnel to track production and sales to determine the business viability of small-scale value added dairy production in the state.


The Lunch ‘n’ Learn for Value-Added Food Producers


AgriBusiness Development
Ron Fish, Assistant Director for Agribusiness Development
919-707-3119 fax: 919-733-0999
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