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Digital Disruption in a Centuries-Old Industry: The Promise of AgTech in NC

| Agriculture & Agribusiness


Message contributed by SAS, Presenting Sponsor of the Ag Allies Conference.

SAS was pleased to sponsor the Ag Allies Conference on October 7. Like the Chamber, SAS knows how critical it is to help fuel statewide economic prosperity. For more than 40 years, SAS has been honored to be a company where recruiting and attracting the best minds in technology is clearly evident. Today, we are 14,000 employees strong, represented in 50 countries, and we’re proud that our roots are right here in North Carolina.

SAS was founded in 1976 by CEO Jim Goodnight and Executive Vice President John Sall while doing a statistical project on behalf of the USDA to examine crop yield data. Their breakthrough statistical programming was the catalyst for the creation of SAS – right in our own backyard at NC State University. It is no surprise our citizens benefit from our state’s world-class university system that so many leaders like you in education, government and the corporate community support.

Our vision at SAS for the AgTech sector is to create a healthier world for all forms of life. Healthier plants, healthier animals and healthier humans. We see our role as a connector – helping to cultivate an environment of innovation and offer support to companies that we believe will cement North Carolina’s role as the global AgTech leader that we all know is within reach.

After providing leading global analytics expertise to almost every business sector imaginable, we are so proud to come full circle. Our dedication to North Carolina’s ever-growing agronomic and agribusiness sector continues. We see not only tremendous work and innovation happening now but also the potential for further growth and leadership. Like you, we will continue to work hard to position North Carolina as an economic development powerhouse – with our AgTech capabilities leading the way.

Focusing on plant science, animal science, precision agriculture, sustainability and consumer packaged goods companies, SAS helps agribusiness leaders in agriculture, animal health and consumer goods companies transform data into valuable insights for better decisions. Our dedication to the state of North Carolina is evident in our key partnerships with both NC State University and one of our entrepreneurial companies right here in RTP, Growers, providing agronomics software to farmers and others.

Farmers and agribusiness leaders are recognizing the potential for uncovering breakthroughs – on soil health, plant genomics, livestock management and faster development of new technologies – hidden in big data. Agriculture analytics from SAS, with embedded AI, helps extract valuable insights that can lead to better plant and animal health, crop yields, sustainable practices and more. SAS is here to stay – and to stand alongside all the citizens of North Carolina. Let’s create a healthier world for all forms of life – together!

Schedule a time to talk with our experts on agriculture analytics.

With heartfelt thanks,

Paula Henderson

Senior Vice President, US Sales