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September 29, 2022

Join agriculture and agribusiness allies this fall, in person or virtually.

With a $92.9 billion annual contribution to our state’s economy in 2020, agribusiness and agriculture helps drive a major share of North Carolina’s economic success — representing one-sixth of our state’s overall income. It is a powerhouse industry that continues to be a major employer for the state, providing jobs to 1 in 6 North Carolinians, equating to 668,000 of the state’s 4.3 million employees.

Ranked 10th in the U.S. for value of agricultural products sold, the agriculture industry is and will remain critical to North Carolina’s reputation as an economic leader in the Southeast. However, farmers and agricultural businesses across the state recognize that they must adapt to a changing workforce, evolving technology, and the latest state and federal regulations to continue thriving within their sector. The NC Chamber’s Ag Allies Conference addresses these issues to ensure the industry as a whole can keep its wheels in motion for the continued prosperity of the state.

Data derived from the North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Learn how the NC Chamber is advocating for our state’s agriculture and agribusiness communities here.


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Thursday, September 29
8:15 amRegistration Opens and Breakfast
8:45 amWelcome Remarks
  • Gary Salamido, President & CEO, NC Chamber
  • Jessica Monserrate, Head of Microbiome Diversity, BASF
9:00 amOpening Keynote: Input Costs
9:30 amDiversity in Ag Panel Discussion
  • Mohamed Ahmedna, Dean, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Steve Evans, Director of Community Development, Smithfield Foods
  • Dr. Terri Long, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Moderator: Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, Ag Solutions, BASF
10:15 amNetworking Break
10:45 amTop Legal Issues Affecting the Agriculture Industry
11:30 amLunch
12:15 pmInternational Food Issues
  • Ambassador Kip Tom, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture
  • Ray Starling, General Counsel and President of the Legal Institute, NC Chamber
1:00 pmClosing Remarks
  • Ray Starling, General Counsel and President of the Legal Institute, NC Chamber