Dr. Pam Jackson the Associate Dean for the School of Business and Economics is actively involved in the economic and entrepreneurial development of rural farmers in North Carolina. She has multiple grants to aid rural farmers and has established a farmers market offering fresh vegetables in a HUD Zone Food Desert.
Mr. Greg McElveen Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the School of Business and Economics is active in the entrepreneurial development of rural farmers in NC and is actively involved in researcher more efficient and cost effective methods of converting hog wastes to energy.
Dr. Lynn Bible of the Department of Accounting, Finance, Healthcare Administration and Information Systems is active in the economic development of rural NC farmers.
Mr. Wesley Fountain of the Director of Constituent and Community Relations the Office of the Chancellor is involved in the economic development of rural farmers.
Ms. Jurlonna Walker, the Director FSU EDA University Center for Economic Development, oversees much of the outreach to farmers in the area.
The Cape Fear Region SBTDC has assisted agricultural clients in many aspects of business. The SBTDC has helped starting new farmer's markets, expanding value added revenue streams, start and expand food processing plants. The SBTDC has assisted in farm projects that utilize alternative fuels for cost reductions, such as solar energy and bio gas production. The SBTDC has assisted clients in new forms of agriculture such as hydroponics and aqua phonics, to make the projects commercially feasible.
Small Business Technology and Development Center (SBTDC) at Fayetteville State University.
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1200 Murchison Road. Fayetteville, NC 28301/ 910-672-1727/ www.sbtdc.org
The SBTDC at FSU is a program of Fayetteville State University and operated in partnership with the US Small Business Administration. North Carolina's SBTDC program is administered statewide by NC State University on behalf of The University of North Carolina System.
Beratan, K., Jackson, P. and Godette, S. (2014) "Fostering Capacity Building among Groups of Disadvantaged Farmers, Southeastern North Carolina (USA)," Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, pp. 1–18