The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is seeking input from a panel of experts into how the state’s farm industry can help drive biotech growth.

The 21-member Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Council recently met for the first time.

North Carolina has the country’s third largest biotech industry clusters and one of the nation’s largest agricultural economies.

Billy Ray Hall, president of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, and Harold Martin, chancellor at N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University, are co-chairs of the panel.

“We’re truly fortunate to have this level of leadership coming together to help guide the future of North Carolina’s $74-billion-a-year agricultural inheritance,” said Norris Tolson, the Biotechnology Center’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

• Committee work groups include:
• Innovation (agribusiness, entrepreneurship, science and education)
• Issues (education, communication, legislative and policy)
• Animals (health, diagnostics and related issues)
• Crops (new, repurposed and related issues)

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