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1 Northeastern NC’s AgAdvantage State of the Region February 25, 2011 Dr. Johnny C. Wynne Dean

2 NC State: Locally responsive, globally engaged Research | Teaching | Extension 125-year history building a stronger economy and a better way of life throughout North Carolina

3 Agriculture and Agribusiness: Leading N.C. industry Today: $74.3 billion industry 18% of gross state product 17% of state’s jobs Tomorrow: Room to grow with rising world population

4 A biobased economy Farmers will continue to produce traditional commodities Farmers will also grow crops specifically to produce: Biofuels Perfume Drugs Nutraceuticals Functional foods And more!

5 Vernon James Center: A commercialization campus? Pilot-scale extraction facility Companies test and learn how best to process crops Significant economic development potential – new processing facilities & new jobs

6 Positioned for success with ag biotechnology Northeastern North Carolina’s assets: Strong agricultural heritage Technologically sophisticated agricultural community Great people Land N.C. State University partnerships

7 Positioning farmers for ag-biotech success Through N.C. Biotech Center’s Entrepreneurial Farmer Program, producers learned: Production and marketing models to create opportunities Contract-growing value-added products Risk management principles for production, financing and markets

8 N.C. MarketReady Enhancing profitability of N.C. agriculture –Agricultural enterprise and business skills development –Fresh produce safety –Horticultural production skills –Strengthening markets

9 Changing the way Americans use fruits and vegetables –sources of nutrients and flavorful calories –powerful resources for components that protect and enhance health and well- being –economic value for North Carolina Plants for Human Health Institute

10 Empire Foods to open N.C. plant Up to 200 jobs in Halifax Co. HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) - A food processing company plans to create 200 jobs over the next five years at a Halifax County plant that makes packaged fruits and vegetables that don't need refrigeration. Published September 16, 2010

11 Entrepreneur Initiative for Foods (EI4F) Education and training: Good Manufacturing Practices Food Safety Engineering Customized Courses Assistance with: Food Classification Food Chemistry Food Microbiology Nutrition Labeling Validation Services

12 Cooperative Extension: Agricultural Programs Solving production problems Increasing profitability Adopting new technology Extending research for strong economic impact

13 Cooperative Extension: Family and Consumer Sciences Nutrition Food safety Parenting Human development Aging Housing Community and volunteer development Health Family Resource Management

14 Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Education in: Nutrition Food preparation Food resource management Food safety 1 st Congressional District: 1300+ families improved nutrition knowledge through EFNEP in ’10

15 4-H Youth Development Community service Hands-on learning Leadership skill development 4-H’ers are: 50% less likely to smoke, shoplift or use drugs 20% more likely to be leaders More likely to earn university degree

16 Workforce prep Starts with education Bertie Early College High School for Agri-Science and Biotechnology Students: Jumpstart college Gain career skills

17 Extending the early college high school concept N.C. General Assembly study commission recommended: Creating high school at Vernon James Center to serve four counties Estimated start: Fall 2012

18 Agri-science early college high school Will be: world-class and internationally recognized game-changer for students new way for N.C. State and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to help meet local needs


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