Rutgers Food Innovation Center Wins Award from U.S. Small Business Administration

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC), a food business incubation and economic development program of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a winner of its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

Natale Grande and The Flying Meatball team inspecting, sorting and packaging gourmet meatballs. Photo credit: The Flying Meatball Company.

Natale Grande and The Flying Meatball team inspecting, sorting and packaging gourmet meatballs at FIC in Bridgeton. Photo credit: The Flying Meatball Company.

The FIC is the only recipient from New Jersey to earn this award and will receive a cash prize of $50,000 to create the infrastructure for developing this new accelerator program. The winners will be honored in Washington, D.C., by the SBA, in partnership with the Global Accelerator Network, at a Fly-In Day in November, which is designated National Entrepreneurship Month.

“We are very excited to be selected by the SBA for this award”, said Lou Cooperhouse, director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. “We have been recognized globally for our economic development impacts and now we will be able to take our Center to an even higher level – by creating linkages between our clients and the funding community.”

“This award is indicative of the commitment by Rutgers in regional economic development”, said Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president of economic development at Rutgers. “The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is a model for university public-private partnerships that generates significant economic impacts for the state. The new Growth Accelerator program that the center will establish with this funding will dramatically increase these impacts and maximize its benefits to the food industry.” [Read more...]

Scholarship Named for EcoPioneer Jerome Goldstein (RC 1952) Fuels Student Research at Rutgers EcoComplex

2014 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring (l-r):
 Selen Altiok, Alec Roth and Boni Zhang. Ian MacCloud's (right) research was funded by the Entrepreneurial Agriculture internship program.

2014 Recipients of the Jerome Goldstein Scholarship Fund For EcoEntrepreneuring (l-r):
 Selen Altiok, Alec Roth and Boni Zhang. Ian MacCloud’s (right) research was funded by the Entrepreneurial Agriculture internship program.

What does one have to achieve to earn the reputation of “ecopioneer?” In the case of Jerome “Jerry” Goldstein, you could say he moved mountains. Mountains of compost, that is. As the editor and publisher of BioCycle and In Business magazines, and founder of JG Press, Inc., Goldstein’s enterprise and family business served as the foundation to grow the organics recycling industry in the U.S. and abroad. [Read more...]

4-H is Currently Accepting New Volunteers

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program invites adults who want to make a difference in the lives of local youth to an orientation for new volunteers. Two training sessions will be offered Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office, located at 355 Court House – South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House…The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth grades K – 13 on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, natural origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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Two Big Ten Universities Work to Develop Environmentally Friendly Lawns

In June, New Jersey homeowners looked at and walked on different kinds of grass grown at Rutgers' Horticulture Farm II in New Brunswick.

In June, New Jersey homeowners looked at and walked on different kinds of grass grown at Rutgers’ Horticulture Farm II in New Brunswick.

Maintaining a lush green lawn with less inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides is a promising reality as Rutgers turf breeders Bill Meyer, Stacy Bonos and Austin Grimshaw team up with University of Minnesota researchers in search of the finest of fine fescues. Read more at Rutgers Today.

 

New Jersey 4-H youth to compete in State 4-H Small Animal Show

4-H members from throughout the state will be participating in the New Jersey State 4-H Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal, Herpetology & Poultry Show on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairground in Mullica Hill. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m…"The 4-H members attending this event are the best from each county because they have earned the right to participate by receiving excellent ratings for their animals at county level shows," says Jeannette Rea Keywood, Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Agent and State 4-H Small Animal Program Liaison.

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