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Published on March 10, 2014

Author: KartikPatel26



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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?

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

Student Stories  Awareness  Hands-on experience  Mentoring  Networking  Skills on demand  Encouragement

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