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Partnership Wants Innovation In Agriculture and Technology

A new initiative hopes to combine resources from the agriculture and technology sectors to move the industries forward.

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A new initiative hopes to combine resources from the agriculture and technology sectors to move the industries forward.

A new state and business partnership aims to merge resources in the agriculture and technology industries in Indiana to create more jobs.

The Lieutenant Governor, Purdue University, the BioCrossroads, Connexus and several other organizations announced this week they will work together toward that goal.

Beth Bechdol is the Director of Agrobusiness Strategy at Ice Miller and says the initiative plans to move agriculture forward by utilizing the technology and research opportunities already available in Indiana.

“For the first time, we have a variety of these parties that are recognizing that Indiana has the potential to be a great technology leader in agriculture nationally and globally in the future,” Bechdol said. 

The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership in Indianapolis is sponsoring the program for two years. Bechdol says if it’s successful, the companies involved in the initiative will consider whether it should become its own non-profit company.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is an education reporter for StateImpact Indiana. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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