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F3 Tech hosts daylong saltwater intrusion symposium

Mike Thielke, left, executive director at the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center and Mike Arntz, community liaison for Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., shake hands at the F³ Tech symposium. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Mike Thielke, left, executive director at the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center and Mike Arntz, community liaison for Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., shake hands at the F³ Tech symposium. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Christine Conn, Ph.D., left, director of the Office of Science and Stewardship, Chesapeake and Coastal Service with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, poses for a photo with Susan Payne, ecosystem markets and agricultural certainty programs coordinator with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Christine Conn, Ph.D., left, director of the Office of Science and Stewardship, Chesapeake and Coastal Service with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, poses for a photo with Susan Payne, ecosystem markets and agricultural certainty programs coordinator with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

From left, Joe Sexton, co-founder and chief scientist with terraPulse; Andrew Rose, director of innovation, strategy and development with MidAtlantic Farm Credit; and Tom Truitt, CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit, attended the F³ Tech symposium. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

From left, Joe Sexton, co-founder and chief scientist with terraPulse; Andrew Rose, director of innovation, strategy and development with MidAtlantic Farm Credit; and Tom Truitt, CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit, attended the F³ Tech symposium. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Dr. Steven McNulty, at lectern, the USDA professor of forestry and natural resources at North Carolina State University and director of the USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH), speaks during a panel discussion at the F³ Tech symposium. Joining McNulty on stage were, from left, Dr. Eric Edwards, assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics at North Carolina State University; Dr. Jarrod Miller, assistant professor and extension specialist in agronomy at the University of Delaware; and Paul Ulanch, executive director of the crop commercialization program at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Paul Ulanch, executive director of the crop commercialization program at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, speaks during a panel discussion at the symposium. Joining Ulanch on stage were, from left, Dr. Steven McNulty, the USDA professor of forestry and natural resources at NC State and director of the USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub; Eric Edwards, assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics at North Carolina State University;  and Dr. Jarrod Miller, assistant professor and extension specialist in agronomy at the University of Delaware. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

From left, Paul Ulanch, executive director of the crop commercialization program at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; Kate McClure, Ph.D., coastal climate specialist with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, Wye Research & Education Center; Karl Binns, lead development officer at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; Christine Conn, Ph.D., director of the Office of Science and Stewardship, Chesapeake and Coastal Service with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Barrett Ersek, CEO and Founder of Holganix LLC; and Andrew Rose, director of innovation, strategy and development with MidAtlantic Farm Credit, participate in a panel discussion at the F³ Tech symposium. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

From left, Paul Ulanch, executive director of the crop commercialization program at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; Kate McClure, Ph.D., coastal climate specialist with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, Wye Research & Education Center; Karl Binns, lead development officer at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; Christine Conn, Ph.D., director of the Office of Science and Stewardship, Chesapeake and Coastal Service with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Barrett Ersek, CEO and Founder of Holganix LLC; and Andrew Rose, director of innovation, strategy and development with MidAtlantic Farm Credit, participate in a panel discussion at the F³ Tech symposium. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Symposium guests listen to the keynote presentation from Dr. Kate Tully, assistant professor of agricultural ecology at the University of Maryland. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

Symposium guests listen to the keynote presentation from Dr. Kate Tully, assistant professor of agricultural ecology at the University of Maryland. (Photo courtesy of F³ Tech Accelerator)

F³ Tech Accelerator, a program supporting agriculture and aquaculture startups in Maryland with the Easton-based Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, welcomed guests Nov. 22 to the Belcher Pavillion at Anne Arundel Medical Center for a symposium to address the impact of saltwater intrusion on agriculture.

The event brought together experts in the field from Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina to share insights and begin to collectively work together to determine both the challenges and possible solutions to this important environmental issue.

Panelists included Dr. Kate Tully, assistant professor of agricultural ecology at the University of Maryland;  Paul Ulanch, executive director of the Crop Commercialization Program at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; Christine Conn, Ph.D., director of the Office of Science and Stewardship, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Barrett Ersek, CEO and founder of Holganix LLC; Jason Dubow, manager of resource conservation at the Maryland Department of Planning – Annapolis; Dr. Eric Edwards, assistant professor of agricultural and resource economics at North Carolina State University; Kate McClure, Ph.D., a coastal climate specialist with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program, Wye Research & Education Center; Dr. Steven McNulty, USDA professor of forestry and natural resources at North Carolina State University and director of the USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub; and Dr. Jarrod Miller, assistant professor and extension specialist in agronomy at the University of Delaware.

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