Bioactive Natural Products Center of Excellence (BNPCE) will directly
and indirectly increase profitability and sustainability of agricultural
production and agricultural communities in the region. All agricultural
producers will directly benefit from the work of the BNPCE through
the use of safer, more efficient and cost-effective pest control
of the high-valued crops for use in bioactive natural pesticides
will be targeted toward production areas historically dependent
on declining tobacco income. New bioactive crops, destined for introduction,
will be good matches for the acreage, management, machinery, labor
and climate requirements of tobacco producing areas.
BNPCE will also provide production expertise, marketing assistance
and technologies to assist in transitioning these areas into production
of crops for bioactive natural pesticides.