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 on the new website and membership, contact Jamie Hall, Got To Be NC marketing manager. Please note, in order to maintain the integrity of the data on the site, each application is vetted and researched before being uploaded. We are experiencing a high volume of applications and update forms, please be patient, as we work diligently to process each one.

Member Opportunities

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

Vendor Booths Available for GTBNC Members at NC Seafood Festival

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THRU MAY 31st. Got To Be NC Member Pavilion at the 33rd Annual 2019 North Carolina Seafood Festival.  The largest waterfront festival in NC!

As part of the Got To Be NC overall sponsorship of this festival, the standard booth cost for a limited number of spaces will be waived for GTBNC members who desire to sample and sell their products during the 3-day event in Morehead City, October 4th through 6th. The pavilion will be located within Katherine Davis Park, on the 600 Block between Evans & Arendell Street, and will be adjacent to the award winning and very popular Cooking with the Chefs Tent.

Please review and complete all forms required by the festival within deadline for consideration. All applications will be reviewed, with some priority given to products that connect with or pair well with seafood in general. Once we have reviewed all applications after the May 31st deadline, you will be notified and confirmed and more specifics will be provided.  Stephanie McIntyre, Executive Director- NC Seafood Festival.  To participate  in the Got To Be NC pavilion you must be a Got To Be NC member. Membership will be verified before approval. 252-726-6273

Discounted Vendor Booths Available for GTBNC Members at Winterville Watermelon Festival

Last call – Extended Offer! The 2019 Winterville Watermelon Festival is proud to once again partner with Got To Be NC to offer a discounted vendor rate for Got To Be NC members in the Got To Be NC Pavilion.

The Got To Be NC Pavilion is a fan favorite at the Winterville Watermelon Festival and highlights delicious food and products from the Tarheel State. The Got To Be NC Pavilion will be open on Saturday August 24, 2019 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm during the 4 day festival.

The Watermelon Festival is offering Got To Be NC members a 50% discounted rate. All GTBNC vendors will receive a 50% discount and will pay only $50.00 To receive the discounted vendor booth space in the Got To Be NC pavilion you must be a Got To Be NC member. Membership will be verified before approval.

Please visit and choose the link for the Got To Be NC Pavilion Vendor Application. You can also email

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.