The $470,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow ESEC to create the Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center. ESEC Executive Director Mike Thielke said the two-year grant will represent a first step toward this initiative, starting with programming and building toward a physical center. The Easton-based ESEC has an initiative called F3 Tech, which is focused on farm (agtech), fish (aquatech) and food. Up until now, it has mostly been focused on the first two. The grant will enable the org to convene expertise that can grow the foodtech side, as well.
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