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BioCrossRoads initiative targets Indiana's agriculture industry

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A new initiative targets Indiana's $16 billion food and agricultural industry.

Inside Indiana Business host Gerry Dick explained on Eyewitness News at Noon that the project is two years in the making. BioCrossroads, Indiana's life sciences initiative, will head up the new project, which is focused on food and agriculture innovation.

"You think of food and agriculture, you think corn and soybeans. This is about much more than that. This is about innovation. This is about how to produce these crops that grow across the state of Indiana in a much more efficient way," he said. "It's about jobs and investment and ultimately about feeding the growing world population."

With one in five jobs in Indiana connected to agriculture, the goal is to transform Indiana into a center of innovation when it comes to feeding the world, Dick said.

The strategy will be through collaboration with Purdue University along with private sector companies including Dow AgroSciences, Elanco, Clabber Girl, Beck's Hybrids, JBS United, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Whiteshire Hamroc.

Dick says it's about getting those players to the table and then "promoting the innovation here and attracting investment and jobs to the state."

He believes it's possible to add jobs - and these will be in the "STEM" category - Science, technology, engineering and math jobs.

"Many of these jobs will pay much higher than the average wage. They're good jobs - the kind of jobs that every state - not only Indiana - is after," said Dick.

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