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Process Flow Maps for Fresh Vegetable and Grape Production

Pinakin Desai of Memes Associates is producing a series of process flow maps with support from the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, the Fund for Our Economic Future of NE Ohio, and John Deere.

Introduction to Business Idea / Case Development and Business Sustainability Processes

During the past two months, over 100 business ideas and business cases were generated by participants in the current cycle of Ag-Bio Cluster stakeholder sessions underway in Northeast Ohio.  That number will easily double by the end of June when the first phase in the Fund For Economic Future (FFEF) initiative to advance the Ag-Bio business case portfolio concludes. 

Agenda Framework for Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Meeting on February 8, 2010

On February 8th, Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council (ABCLC) members will have a face-to-face session to follow-up on several topics highlighted during their previous meeting.  These items are summarized in the posting, Outcomes of Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Conference Call on January 11, 2010.  Consequently, the meeting on the 8th will focus on:

What to Expect from Ag-Bio Cluster Stakeholder Sessions

During the January 11th Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council (LC) meeting, members posed a series of key questions as topics for subsequent postings and online discussions in preparation for their next meeting on February 8th.  The first question concerned local / county stakeholder meetings currently underway within the 16-county Northeast Ohio region, namely, what does the LC want from the stakeholder sessions and what can attendees expect from their participation?


Four Thousand NEW Jobs in the Ag-Bio Industry Cluster of NE Ohio by 2015? Why not!

Last summer, the Fund for Our Economic Future (FFEF) awarded a grant to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) of The Ohio State University (OSU) to establish an Agriculture-Bioscience Industry Cluster (Ag-Bio Cluster) in Northeast Ohio (NEO).  The goal of this cluster is to make a clear and positive impact on the Advance NorthEast Ohio (ANEO) / FFEF Economic Dashboard, namely, increase capability through a skilled workforce and R&D, commercialize technologies, and assu

The Social Innovation Fund--Something to Keep on the Radar in Early 2010

The Social Innovation Fund, a new public-private collaboration created by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to create new knowledge about how to solve social challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development and school support, and healthy futures, and to improve our nation’s problem-solving infrastructure in low-income communities.

The Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Wants to Help You Advance Your Business Case

As a result of the Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council (ABCLC) meeting on October 14th, a series of three articles about business models and business cases were posted to the ABCLC group on the Local Food Systems (LFS) site:

Common Misconceptions about Local Food Production

The October 24th edition of the Denver Post featured an article entitled, "Agriburbia" sprouts on Colorado's Front Range.  It is about Matthew "Quint" Redmond, co-founder of the TSR Group in Golden, CO, and his concept to integrate food production operations within existing neighborhoods and planned communities in order to supply local residents and restaurants with seasonal fresh food.  His bold agenda for urban farming encompasses the con

Final Agenda for Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Meeting on Monday, October 12, 2009

Ag-Bio Cluster Leadership Council Meeting 

Date: Monday, October 12, 2009

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Hines Hill Conference Center

Address: 1403 W. Hines Hill Road Peninsula, Ohio 44264 (map below)



9:00 AM:

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