Beth Bechdol is Primary Writer of BioCrossroads Report; Appears on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick; Quoted in Publications
Indiana is poised to become a global crossroads for food and agricultural innovation, according to the latest BioCrossroads’ report, “Food and Agricultural Innovation - 21st Century Opportunities for Indiana”, released on Aug. 2, 2012, after nearly two years of in-depth sector research and expert interviews.
The report notes that Indiana’s food and agriculture industry:
Employs 19 percent of the Hoosier workforce
Contributes $16 billion to the Gross State Product
Exports $3.4 billion in product from 62,000 farms and 14.8 million acres.
In addition, the report points out that globally over the next several decades, agriculture will be challenged to provide food, feed, fiber and fuel to a growing world population which is forecast to increase by nearly 30 percent to 9 billion people by 2050. As a result, science, technology and innovation, and the application of this research, primarily through commercialization, will be challenged to successfully—and dramatically—reshape global agriculture.
"It is critical that these discussions among Indiana's food and agricultural stakeholders continue," said Beth Bechdol
, Director of Agribusiness Strategies
at Ice Miller, and the consultant to BioCrossroads who was the primary writer of the report. "A new organizing forum could best define opportunities for continued growth, ultimately leading to greater economic development across the state and for individual stakeholders."
Read the full report here
On Aug. 2, 2012, Bechdol was quoted in the Indianapolis Star
article titled, "Promotional group BioCrossroads calls for voice of Indiana agriculture." Read the article here
On Aug. 3, 2012, Bechdol appeared on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick
to discuss the report, its findings and the future of Indiana and agribusiness. Watch the segment from the show here
On Aug. 6, 2012, Bechdol was quoted in the Indianapolis Business Journal
article titled, "Next up for Indiana biotech: Feed the world." Read the article here
On Aug. 15, 2012, Ice Miller and CountryMark sponsored the AgriInstitute-hosted Lieutenant Governor Candidates’ 2012 Agricultural Debate at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The debate focused on ag and rural issues, and candidates were asked for their reaction to the findings and recommendations of the BioCrossroads report. Hear the debate here
On Sept. 27, 2012, Bechdol was quoted in an Inside Indiana Business article titled, "Food and Ag Report: Indiana Ripe with Potential." She was also featured in an audio excerpt in the same article. Read the article and hear the audio excerpt here