An increasing world population, as well as landmass that is constantly being lost to urban sprawl equates to huge problems for the agriculture industry. To help combat these issues, a new consortium of nine organizations has been formed in Arlington Texas, right in the heartland of America. This new group calls itself the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership, or ATIP Foundation. They are a non-profit governed by its founding members.
The Nine Members that comprise the ATIP Foundation are as follows:
- The Center for Innovation at Arlington, Texas
- The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) in Toledo, Ohio
- The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
- The California Association for Local Economic Development
- Innovate Mississippi
- The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium
- Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority
- The Kansas Bioscience Authority
- The Georgia Research Alliance
The intent of the ATIP Foundation is to find new ways to meet the needs of an increasingly hungry world. They will be given USDA requests to find solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing agriculture.
Already the USDA has asked them to begin work on two major issues related to global hunger and agronomics:
- Revise and review land management practices to sustain soil health for producing food, feed, fiber and biofuels.
- Research food and public health that addresses issues in translating nutrition research results to the food supply to combat obesity.
Conversely, the Foundation will be approaching the USDA with issues that directly influence the private sector so that the USDA can help facilitate mutually beneficial solutions.
“We expect our partnership with USDA will produce results that the agricultural community will use to
solve some of the most difficult problems facing our country today,” said one of the Texas organizing founders of the ATIP Foundation
, Wes Jurey. “Private capital combined with the expertise of public researchers and the
Foundation’s tech-based business know-how will achieve efficiencies in R&D that were not previously possible.”
To achieve their goals, the ATIP will be working with partnerships outside of itself to bring together disparate entities, such as venture capitalists and governments, with the ultimate aim of integrating their visions creating a more cohesive vision for the future of agri-business.
In the very early stages, CIFT (Ohio) and TEDCO (Maryland) were able to make strides toward bringing together the powerful research methods coming from federal outlets as well as universities with the capital, marketing strategies, and manufacturing capabilities that would turn their ideas into tangible, usable product.
Ohio created a forum for growers and food producers to learn of new technological innovations that would help inhibit production challenges thanks to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP), the pinnacle of the manufacturing field.
The combination of the economic know-how of the ATIP Foundation and the research and scientific capabilities of the USDA promises to allow the worlds of commerce and agriculture to work in complete harmony for the good of everyone that has ever wanted to eat.