Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize Established
Gift will support University of Illinois entrepreneurs pioneering new agricultural technologies
Champaign, IL— February 23, 2017 — The first annual Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize will be presented at today’s Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit. The award, generously funded by University of Illinois alumni and their families, rewards University of Illinois entrepreneurs focusing on agricultural innovations.
The Edwin Moore Agriculture Innovation Fund was established in 2016 with a generous gift to EnterpriseWorks, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s technology incubator. Its goal is to encourage startup companies engaged in development of new innovative technologies that may lead to increased productivity and/or efficiency in farming, or to create new agricultural opportunities, including new processes, new crops, and new food production systems.
“The Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize informs us that the science of farming, while one of the oldest in the world, continues to provide new opportunities and challenges in our society,” said Laura Frerichs, director of the University of Illinois Research Park and EnterpriseWorks. “We are grateful to the Moore Family for its support of the University of Illinois entrepreneurial ecosystem, and look forward to seeing how this resource will inspire future innovators and innovations.”
The first of two $5,000 prizes to be awarded annually will be presented at today’s Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit to Soil Diagnostics. The second prize is at stake as part of the Cozad New Venture Competition, the university’s signature competition for student startups, and will be awarded in April.
The award honors the legacy of Edwin E. Moore (1924), who graduated from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture and began farming in Will County. Throughout his agricultural career, he and wife, Iva, used innovative farming practices for both crop production and livestock management. Two of their four children became farmers, Edwin and Thomas (1953, College of Agriculture), and continued use of innovative farm practices. Subsequent generations of Edwin Moore's family have continued to pursue farming and ag related careers capturing the same innovative spirit.
For more information on EnterpriseWorks and Research Park, visit researchpark.illinois.edu.