AgTech

North Carolina is one of the most diversified agriculture states in the nation, contributing $87 billion to the state’s economy. The agriculture industry accounts for 17% of the state’s income and employs 17% of the workforce.

North Carolina's strong foundation in agriculture paired with the Triangle Region’s technical resources and innovative ecosystem creates a unique environment for the growing AgTech industry.

AgTech at a Glance

302

Companies

7,140

Employees

$134K

Average Annual Salary

$1.2B

Contribution to Gross Regional Product

1.85%

1-Year Growth Rate

17.2%

5-Year Growth Rate

From global corporations to disruptive startups the Triangle Region welcomes businesses of all sizes to our talented and innovative community. You'll be in good company with 74% of North Carolina’s AgTech workforce employed in the Research Triangle Region.

Research Triangle AgTech Cluster

The Research Triangle AgTech Cluster (RTAC) is an industry-led initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating AgTech innovation and North Carolina’s AgTech economy.

Incubators and Accelerators

Ag TechInventures

AgTI is an agriculture technology innovation lab that further develops promising intellectual property in AgTech and infotech/precision agriculture. They identify the most promising agricultural technologies from university research labs​ and small scientific focused companies.

BioLabs North Carolina

BioLabs North Carolina is located in a unique biotech co-working facility in downtown Durham. Their aim is to attract the most ambitious startup companies in life sciences. This premium open lab space and office space favors collaboration. The lab is equipped with top-of-the-line research equipment, with additional services to help resident companies reach their milestones faster.

Centennial Campus

Centennial Campus is NC State University’s research campus, home to 75 corporate, government and nonprofit partners. It’s a place where NC State students and faculty live, work and learn alongside leaders in industry. It’s a proving ground for new ideas and new businesses. And it’s a launching pad for the university’s mission: creating prosperity across our state and nation.

NC State's Centennial Campus

First Flight Venture Center Inc.

A high-science, high-impact incubator located in the heart of Research Triangle Park. Established in 1991 to serve the initial needs of entrepreneurs and early stage science companies. FFVC offers 25,000 square feet of leasable office and laboratory space for up to 40 emerging high-science, high-impact companies.

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Recent Project Announcements

Isolera Extracts (Granville County)

The leader in CBD oil and isolate extraction from hemp plants announced in April 2019 that they would be bringing an industrial hemp processing service to the 187,000 square foot former Burlington Mills facility in Oxford, North Carolina. The facility plans to launch with a workforce of 40 employees and grow to 100 employees within six months. Isolera will also be partnering with 140 local farmers to produce the hemp.

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Pairwise (Durham County)

The growing agriculture and food company recently signed a lease for its new site in Durham’s Golden Belt complex downtown. Pairwise expects to increase its 50 employee headcount by an additional 30 to 40 in 2019. The company initially established its headquarters in the Golden Belt Campus in the heart of downtown Durham in 2018.

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