Organic Checkoff Program Advances

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a proposal intended to get more organic food onto shopping lists and dinner plates across the country by pooling money from organic farmers, handlers, and processors to promote the sector, educate consumers, and conduct research on organic production methods. Once up and running, the program could invest … Continue reading Organic Checkoff Program Advances

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When startups collide: Greentown Labs hopes working elbow to elbow can create innovation

When clean technology incubator Greentown Labs moved from South Boston, Massachusetts, to the neighboring city of Somerville in 2013, the sprawling new facility was a little daunting, said chief executive Emily Reichert. With 18 member companies – all small startups – the organization filled less than half the 33,000 square feet in the building. “At … Continue reading When startups collide: Greentown Labs hopes working elbow to elbow can create innovation

Big plans for Ocean Alliance

GLOUCESTER – Just outside the faded red buildings of the former Tarr and Wonson paint factory on Rocky Neck, new oceanographic technology is taking flight. On a foggy summer morning, a small robotic drone designed for whale research buzzes and swoops overhead. It is a high-flying sign that the once-neglected site is springing back to … Continue reading Big plans for Ocean Alliance

Emerson game lab aims to fix local, global problems

The game itself is really quite simple. Its purpose, though, could have a profound effect on its players. Every year, seasonal rains flood the giant Zambezi River in Zambia, often displacing tens of thousands of people who live along it. So the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre is getting Zambians who live near the river … Continue reading Emerson game lab aims to fix local, global problems

Igniting Chattanooga’s Superfast Network

Jack Studer wants to fax you a sandwich. And he's hoping that, eventually, the pack of tech geniuses, visionaries, and entrepreneurs that make up Chattanooga's inaugural Gig Tank will help him do so. The Gig Tank, organized by Studer and other Chattanooga businesspeople,  is a summer-long workshop and competition that brings together fledging tech businesses … Continue reading Igniting Chattanooga’s Superfast Network