Nine technology-based economic development organizations from across the U.S. have joined forces to form the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation, which will facilitate public-private research and technology licensing partnerships, and promote USDA Agricultural Research Service research.
The ATIP Foundation will receive USDA requests to develop public-private collaboration on two specific initiatives: land management practices to sustain soil health for producing food, feed, fiber and biofuels; and improving food and public health, specifically translating nutrition research results to the food supply to combat obesity.
The Foundation will assist in the formation of partnerships between government, industry and academic research and development. Similarly, the ATIP Foundation will approach the USDA with private sector research needs to seek the expertise of the USDA's science and technology agencies.
"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 Wes Jurey, ATIP Foundation organizing member. "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."
In January 2013, the ATIP Foundation's members appointed Richard Brenner, Ph.D., as Director. Brenner's role is to coordinate activities of the member organizations in planning regional events to deliver solutions to the agricultural sector, and to develop outreach strategies for the private sector.