USDA’s Agricultural Research Service selects GRA as partner
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected the Georgia Research Alliance as a partner in facilitating the adoption of ARS research outcomes by small businesses and universities in Georgia and the Southeast. ARS is the in-house scientific research agency of the USDA, employing approximately 2,100 scientists in the United States and abroad. The agency is charged with conducting research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority.
“Our new relationship with ARS will further our technology-based economic development mission by helping Georgia agribusinesses and research universities tap the vast array of innovative agricultural technologies developed in ARS laboratories nationwide,” said Mike Cassidy, president and CEO of the GRA. “This, in turn, will create new research, product development, commercialization and entrepreneurial opportunities.”
The ARS-GRA relationship is formalized through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement, which establishes GRA as a facilitator of interactions between ARS and potential developers of ARS technologies.
“We are very excited to work with GRA to provide businesses, entrepreneurs and university researchers with access to the latest technologies and scientific expertise necessary to develop new ways to address pressing agriculture challenges,” said Rick Brenner, assistant administrator of the ARS Office of Technology Transfer.
GRA has focused on agribusiness, among other biotech and scientific areas, since its inception in 1990. GRA has successfully fostered commercialization efforts on behalf of the state’s research universities and has helped recruit scores of world-renowned scientists to Georgia through its Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars® program. The organization was fundamental in establishing the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) at the University of Georgia.
GRA is planning an Agricultural Technology Roundtable during the fall of 2010. The roundtable will demonstrate ARS and Georgia university technologies, showcase case studies of how these technologies have been commercialized and promote networking among ARS and university scientists, entrepreneurs and the agribusiness industry.
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