Agricultural Innovation Prize Asks Students to Reinvent Food and Ag Ecosystems

Agricultural Innovation Prize Asks Students to Reinvent Food and Ag EcosystemsIn order to help encourage the development of cutting-edge technology for agricultural and food ecosystems, the Agricultural Innovation Prize is looking for ideas that can transform our global food systems into ones focused on resilience and sufficiency. To that end, the competition is offering cash prizes and support to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines, including a $100,000 grand prize.

“The competition encourages student teams to develop innovative ways and real-world plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population.”

Beginning on December 1st 2013, with entries accepted through February 28, 2014, the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize asks for submissions that address agricultural and social challenges within our food systems that can have the ability to “improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population.” The entries must be a technology, a process, a service, or a product, and require a business plan and business proposal, as well as a short presentation on their idea.

“The primary goal of the Agricultural Innovation Prize is to educate, support, and celebrate the next generation of agricultural innovators. This will happen by providing students with the invaluable experience of designing a business plan, learning from a prestigious corps of mentors, competing at a national scale and becoming part of a national network of agriculture innovators and entrepreneurs. This is the largest student prize focused on agriculture in the world, and the competition seeks student participation from across the spectrum of academic disciplines and interests.”

The competition is being administered by students and staff at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, and is backed by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and 40 Chances.

“This is an opportunity for communities across the country to come together and address 21st century agriculture challenges by inspiring, educating, and nurturing the next generation of agriculture innovators and entrepreneurs.” – Cathie Woteki, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics

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Written by Derek Markham

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!


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