Entrepreneurial Talent Building for 21st Century Agricultural Innovation

Bo Kyeong Yoon, Hyunhyuk Tae, Joshua A. Jackman, Supratik Guha, Cherie R. Kagan, Andrew J. Margenot, Diane L. Rowland, Paul S. Weiss, Nam Joon Cho

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Agricultural innovation is a key component of the global economy and enhances food security, health, and nutrition. Current innovation efforts focus mainly on supporting the transition to sustainable food systems, which is expected to harness technological advances across a range of fields. In this Nano Focus, we discuss how such efforts would benefit from not only supporting farmer participation in deciding transition pathways but also in fostering the interdisciplinary training and development of entrepreneurial-minded farmers, whom we term "AgTech Pioneers", to participate in cross-sector agricultural innovation ecosystems as cocreators and informed users of developing and future technologies. Toward this goal, we discuss possible strategies based on talent development, cross-disciplinary educational and training programs, and innovation clusters to build an AgTech Pioneer ecosystem, which can help to reinvigorate interest in farming careers and to identify and address challenges and opportunities in agriculture by accelerating and applying advances in nanoscience, nanotechnology, and related fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10748-10758
Number of pages11
JournalACS Nano
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 27 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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