Got to Be NC members represent the farmers and agribusinesses that produce our state’s agricultural products. Membership in the program not only allows us to bring our members’ goods to market and into the hands of consumers, it benefits North Carolina’s agriculture industry as a whole.

Through members-only events, trade shows, marketing initiatives and more, we support members of all sizes, from wholesale producers and processors to individual specialty food entrepreneurs.  The Got to Be NC program is a business development program.  It is designed to assist companies that are in business to grow and expand market share.  The program is not for the hobbyist.

Apply for Membership

Got to Be NC membership is made by application to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and may only be claimed by qualified and approved producers or processors of North Carolina agricultural and food products.

Apply online for membership today!  You can view our membership criteria by downloading it here. Prospective members looking to download a paper application form can do so here.  Please note, paper applications take longer to process.

Current members should verify and update their member profile today – it’s as easy as following steps 1, 2, 3! Search the name of your business to confirm whether or not your company has been imported to our Find Local directory. If you are listed, simply follow step 2 to the form to update your existing profile.

For current members not listed: You are still a member! Because of the age and volume of the old member database, we launched the new site with a sampling of the total membership data that had been researched and vetted. The fastest and most efficient way for us to capture updated information on our members for the new Find Local directory is to have you fill out the new online application. This application feeds our new member profile center. The application is more in depth, but takes just 10 minutes to fill out. This will provide NCDA staff with the robust details and information needed to serve you better.

For information about membership, contact April Keeton, Got to Be Program Administrator. Please note, in order to maintain the integrity of the data on the site, prospective applicants should fully complete all sections since each application is vetted and researched before being uploaded. An application with all the pertinent information provided, will speed the process.

Member Opportunities

Explore grant initiatives and opportunities available from Got to Be NC and our partners.




  • April 17-18, 2024 Got to Be NC Golf Classic (Wallace)
  • May 17-19, 2024 Got to Be NC Festival (Raleigh)
  • September 6-15 2024 Mountain State Fair (Fletcher)
  • October 17-27, 2024, NC State Fair (Raleigh)


  • TBD, 2025 Flavors of Carolina (TBD)
  • TBD, 2025 Grower Buyer Exchange (TBD)
  • May 16-18, 2025 Got to Be NC Festival (Raleigh)
  • September 5-14, 2025 Mountain State Fair (Fletcher)
  • October 16-26, 2025 NC State Fair (Raleigh)


  • TBD, Flavors of Carolina (TBD)
  • TBD, 2026, Grower Buyer Exchange (TBD)
  • May 15-17, 2026 Got to Be NC Festival (Raleigh)
  • September 11-20, 2026 Mountain State Fair (Fletcher)
  • October 15-25, 2026 NC State Fair (Raleigh)

When additional information becomes available it will be posted on the events page.

Virtual Value Ag Bootcamp

Explore opportunities to help create a value-added agriculture enterprise that adds revenue to your farm operation.

Join the upcoming Value Ag Bootcamp cohort for value-added enterprises in Southern Appalachia (TN, KY, VA, NC, SC, AL, and GA). Zoom meetings are Monday evenings (5:30 – 8 pm ET) from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12. Martin Luther King Day will be observed.

Immerse yourself in valuable sessions about value-added ag! Get ready for a dynamic experience – meet subject-matter experts, ask questions during sessions, and schedule personalized office hours for in-depth discussions. Elevate your skills and network with like-minded entrepreneurs. Secure your spot now for a month of growth and collaboration! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge and connect with industry leaders.
Learn more about the Value Ag Virtual Bootcamp and take your agricultural ventures to the next level by attending this event. Please contact Katie Ellis (AgLaunch) with questions at 859-583-6786 or