Published on March 10, 2014
Calling all Agripreneurs: Enhancing entrepreneurship & innovation in the food & agriculture space Mark Gagnon and Joel Bolton
The need for E&I in agriculture Population and consumption Diminishing resource base Inefficiencies Energy Climate change Conflict over resources
Perception is the Problem Ag students: we don’t think of ourselves as… Entrepreneurs STEM students: agriculture? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpZ0TGjbWE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zfqw8nhUwA
Perhaps it’s in the name Agriculture & Terms Dairy husbandry, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, etc. Farm, crops, livestock = production agriculture Shifts food, ecosystems, genetics, renewable materials and energy, local foods, organic, etc.
Perhaps it’s the Perception of entrepreneur Business person with suit & tie Speak a different language City lifestyle Disconnect from natural environment Little appreciation for farming & agricultural activities IP Business model
Agriculture research scope at Penn State* Ag Biological Engineering • • • • Biosolid Systems Ag Safety and Health Bioproducts-Cellulose Biofuels Animal Science • • • • • Entomology • • • • • Integrated Pest Management Malaria Research Honey Bee Research Insect Plant Interactions Forest Pest Mitigation Food Science • • • • Poultry Reproductive Physiology Cattle Health Dairy Nutrition Avian Genetics Plant Pathology • • • Veterinary Biological Science Plant Science • • • • • Turf Grass Diseases Fruit Vegetable Diseases/Pathogens Fungi/Mushrooms Ecosystem Science & Management Avian Virology Johne’s Disease Infectious Disease Genetic Disease • • • • Soil Science Forest Ecology & Management Fisheries Science Wildlife science • • • *Based upon the author’s scan of topics at Penn State not intended to be all inclusive. Turf Grass Weed Management Root Systems Fruit/Vegetable Crops Ornamentals/Horticulture Agricultural Economics Sociology & Education • • • • • Food Safety/Pathogens Food Processes Food Ingredients Food Choices and Human Health Key -- Food System Economics & Sociology Community Development Sustainability in Food & Agriculture Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Food and Agriculture Department Capabilities
Levers to engage AgSci students Don’t open with society’s notion of the entrepreneur Connect on a more substantial level Provide examples in communication to shift mindset Facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue Make it fun… entrepreneurs LOVE what they do
Levers to encourage STEM students to innovate in agriculture Open STEM students’ eyes It’s not just "plows & cows” Demonstrate tangible ties Food, bio-energy, water, health & bio-materials Discuss projects that impact the lives of real people Foster peer-to-peer connections Highlight the interplay of technology and agriculture
The BIG Hook- Sustainability Providing for humanity today and… tomorrow Feeding the world, providing clean water Renewable energy and materials Improving the human conditions Fortifying natural and human ecosystems http://agsci.psu.edu/futurestudents/careers/in-the-media/video-agriculture-degrees-the-hot-ticket-for-job-growth
Student Stories Awareness Hands-on experience Mentoring Networking Skills on demand Encouragement
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