USDA is investing $1.92M to establish an Agriculture Business Innovation Center at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NC A&T) State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
The new innovation center will act as a technical assistance hub to support agriculture-based business opportunities nationwide, with a focus on outreach to socially disadvantaged populations and historically underserved communities. Its remit will include:
- Offering technical assistance to food and agricultural producers, offering production scale assessments, market planning and development, business planning and other advisory services
- Assisting start-ups in agribusiness including planning and obtaining funding
- Providing workforce development and educational experiences for students interested in careers in agriculture business
- Offering outreach services and activities such as training, workshops and dissemination of information and materials
“This new innovation center is a perfect complement to the NIFA-funded 1890 Center of Excellence for Student Success and Workforce Development already housed at NC A&T State University,” said Acting NIFA Director Dr. Dionne Toombs. “The combination of these two centers will deliver a much-needed boost to the next generation of agricultural professionals and will support growth, profitability and success of existing businesses to increase employment opportunities in the field.”
Read the official press release: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2022/06/08/usda-invests-new-hbcu-agribusiness-innovation-center-nc-state