Food Processing Innovation Center

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler has had the goal for several years to boost the state’s ag economy to $100 million, annually.  The next step in reaching that goal is food processing and manufacturing.

In this year’s legislative session, the General Assembly provided funding to create the Food Processing Innovation Center to be located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.  This center will be a major resource that can support food manufactures of all sizes in the state.

A recent study conducted by NC State and the Department of Ag showed that food manufacturing could contribute an additional $10 billion in state income and add 38,000 jobs in less than 10 years, and the center will play a role in making that prediction come true.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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