Dr. Roger Beachy, the renowned plant scientist appointed last year to head the new National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), visited our member The Technology Farm (the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park), where he toured the production facilities and laboratories of tenant Terrenew, LLC.
Terrenew makes eco-friendly oil absorbents and other products from agricultural waste streams. Its executives and Dr. Beachy were discussing applicability of these products to national needs such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Click the photo for a full-sized version with identification of the participants.
Founded in 2005, Terrenew has developed its technology through grants from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the USDA, as well as support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
NIFA manages various competitive research programs for USDA, and is the manager of formula research and extension funding for land-grant institutions including Cornell's New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, which is situated across the road from The Technology Farm.