F³ Tech (Farm-Fish-Food) is a statewide private/public initiative that is creating a new renaissance of economic growth and prosperity by encouraging innovation and technology that builds upon Maryland’s traditional resource-based industries (including agriculture, seafood, and the environment). F³ Tech seeks to elevate a focus on rural Maryland’s traditional industries of agriculture and seafood. The overall program consists of three components that provide a pipeline through which innovators, startups, and existing businesses with new product and service ideas and innovations can achieve commercialization. The rural areas of Maryland, including the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, and Western Maryland, are all rich in agricultural and seafood resources. Both the rural and urban areas of Maryland interact with the vibrant natural and environmental resources. It is for these reason that F³ Tech seeks to position Maryland as a nationally-recognized leader in the advancement of
By 2030, worldwide food demand could increase by 35 percent. Only 9 percent of this extra food will come from increased land cultivation, and only 14 percent will come from increased cropping intensity. A huge 77 percent, however, must come from increased crop yield.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The primary avenue for meeting the future demands of food and nutrition will be through increased yields which can only be achieved through the advancement of innovation and technology. These efforts also create the opportunity to enhance the environment as well as the economic sustainability of the agriculture and seafood industries.
The below listed opportunities are only intended to serve as an example of the various disciplines and areas of technologies in which innovation and new product and service ideas will advance the industry sectors of agriculture, seafood, and the environment.
As an example of the existing agriculture and seafood ecosystem, the a survey of the Eastern Shore resulted in assessing the existing players and resources upon which more innovative and technology-driven efforts could be built.
Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center is playing a leadership role in the F³ Tech initiative. However, the success of the program relies heavily on the advocacy and partnership of many other organizations and agencies throughout the State of Maryland.