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.

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.

Member Opportunities

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

Free Vendor Booths Available for GTBNC Members at NC Pickle Festival

Yep, in Mount Olive, it’s a pretty Big Dill. Got To Be NC has partnered once again with the NC Pickle Festival to offer Free vendor booth space to Got To Be NC members at the 2019 North Carolina Pickle Festival in Mount Olive, which will be held Saturday April 13. Space is limited to 12 vendors on a first-come, first-served basis. Pavilion participants will also receive two free passes to the festival’s hospitality suite and reserved parking. Hurry! The deadline is April 1.  To participate in the GTBNC Pavilion, you must be a GTBNC member.

For complete Got to Be NC Pavilion details at the NC Pickle Festival, click here: Or, contact Faith Whitfield at 919-222-2148 or

Register Now For NC Meat Handlers Marketing Workshop

If you are looking for marketing help for your locally raised meat/poultry business, don’t miss this Marketing Workshop for N.C. Licensed Meat Handlers on Wednesday, March 27 in Asheboro. $30 registration includes lunch. Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Register Here.

Location: Piedmont Custom Meats, 430 NC Hwy 49 S Asheboro, NC 27205

For additional information, contact Jack Nales at

Sessions will include panel discussions on:

  • How to sell to restaurants, food trucks and butcher shops
  • Leveraging your social media and email to bring more customers to your farm store/farmers market booth
  • Market impacts of plant-based alternatives to meat
  • A farmers panel discussion on best marketing practices, and more…

Got To Be NC Festival Registration Open

The annual Got To Be NC Festival takes place May 17-19 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Got To Be NC members are invited to show, sample and sell your products in the Homegrown Marketplace located inside the 50,000 square foot Exposition Center.  This is your chance to join over 100 other North Carolina food and beverage companies to promote your products to thousands of consumers!

This show is a unique opportunity to sample and sell your products. Get more information and register here.

2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grants from RAFI-USA

The RAFI Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant program assists entrepreneurial and innovative farmers in developing new sources of agricultural income. Grants of up to $9,000 to individual farmers and up to $11,000 for collaborative farmer projects are awarded.

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NC AgVentures Grant Program

Watch for grant announcement in early November for NC farm operators with innovative plans to diversify, expand, or implement new entrepreneurial plans in the operations in several counties.  To request an application form, email the program coordinator, Jackie Miller with “NC AgVentures Application” in the subject line, your name, farm address, county, and name of your NC Extension agent.