The state of North Carolina launched a food manufacturing task force on Thursday, with the goal of creating thousands of jobs in the rural counties and bringing in billions in revenue.
Members of the new task force were sworn in Thursday. The goal for the group is to come up with ways to attract food-related business to this state.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said the key is for North Carolina to find ways to take, for example, beans do more than put the beans in a can.
“If you manufacture the can, the label, pack the can, transport it—then there’s so much economic activity that goes on with that bean,” Troxler said. “We all have all the beans you can imagine in North Carolina – so we are going to take advantage of that.”
The task force is hoping to find ways to create 38,000 jobs and generate $10 billion dollars’ worth of revenue by 2020.
An economic feasibility study was done as part of a partnership with N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The task force is comprised of experts in poultry, beef, pork, dairy production, food processing, food packaging, transportation, education and economic development.
Troxler, Lt. Governor Dan Forest and Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla will serve as voting members.