ATIP Foundation member organizations TEDCO ( Maryland) and CIFT ( Ohio) achieved early success in delivering solutions to the agriculture sector at the regional level by combining research outcomes arising from federal and university research with complementary assets such as access to capital, manufacturing capabilities and marketing strategies. Such forums were jointly piloted in Maryland by ARS and TEDCO in 2011, and were expanded to Ohio in 2012 through ATIP member CIFT.
"Our experience in Maryland working with the USDA's ARS and rural communities has yielded successes for several agricultural communities now able to fully exploit tech-driven solutions," said Rob Rosenbaum, president and executive director of TEDCO. "Applying the technology transfer expertise that the ATIP Foundation's member organizations have developed, along with private capital and public resources, is a major step in the right direction for agricultural R&D in this country."
Ohio was the first state to tailor a forum specifically towards the food processing sector which gained support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP) - the premier technical organization in the manufacturing field. "The Ohio Specialty Crop Forum provided a venue in which growers were informed of technologies developed by USDA of immediate value to production challenges. This is a strategic approach versus a traditional top down model for engagement. The combination will certainly be positive to the food industry overall," stated Dave Beck, President and CEO of CIFT.
"ARS scientists look forward to working with the ATIP Foundation and its member organizations to enhance transfer of important research results and technology to private use for the benefit of our country. ARS has a long history of successfully moving technologies into use from penicillin to enhanced cotton products, to enhanced animal and plant varieties. Through both educational and commercial means this Foundation can help the process move more quickly" said Edward Knipling, Administrator of ARS. For more information on the ATIP Foundation and its members, visit www.atipfoundation.com.Contact Richard Brenner, Ph. D. RBrenner@atipfoundation.com 410-980-1943