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The Administrative Section conducts day-to-day operations, coordinates technology transfer policy development, and executes Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), patents, and licenses.

Partnership Section

Agricultural Research Partnerships (ARP) Network

USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) founded the ARP Network in an effort to expand the impact of ARS research and provide resources to help ARS commercial partners grow.

ARS research results can provide economic and other opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole. The combination of ARS research expertise and complementary capabilities of the ARP Network members helps to stimulate economic growth through technological advancements. The ARP Network matches business needs with ARS innovations and research capabilities and provides business assistant services to help companies and startups solve agricultural problems, develop products and create new jobs. The Network will assist ARS in creating new partnerships and in supporting existing partnerships to advance ARS research and development (R&D) and subsequent utilization, including commercialization.

Some of the ARP Network activities include:

••         Delivering research results to stakeholders

••         Matching industry needs with ARS patents and researchers for partnering

••         Providing access to ARS research expertise, facilities and equipment

••         Assisting in identifying sources of funding

••         Providing mentoring in business and manufacturing problem solving

••         Furnishing marketing assessments and business plan development assistance

••         Providing networking opportunities with other organizations

••         Coordinating events to facilitate private-public partnerships


The ARP Network is composed of organizations interested in agriculture-based economic development such as, but not limited to: other Federal agencies; urban, community and/or economic development groups; rural agribusiness; organizations that support farmers, agritourism and/or food processors; and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration.

Founding Members

••         Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority

••         California Association for Local Economic Development 

••         Center for Innovation

••         Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)

••         Georgia Research Alliance 

••         Innovate Mississippi

••         Kansas Bioscience Authority

••         Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

••         Wisconsin Security Research Consortium 


New Members

••         Ag Innovators of Northern Colorado

••         BioHealth Innovation Inc.

••         Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance 

••         City of Albany, Oregon

••         Colorado Bioscience Association

••         Colorado State University Ventures

••         Connecticut Innovations

••         Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office

••         Cultivation Corridor

••         Elevate Ventures

••         Energetics Technology Center

••         Florida High Tech Corridor

••         High Technology Development Corporation

••         Howard County Economic Development Authority

••         Innovation Partners 

••         Iowa Innovation Corporation

••         Linn Grove Growth Funds

••         MassMEP (Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership)

••         Memphis Bioworks Foundation

••         Montgomery County Department of Economic Development

••         Nebraska Department of Economic Development

••         Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology

••         Open Prairie

••         Rocky Mountain Innosphere

••         St. Joseph Economic Development Partnership

••         TechHelp (Idaho MEP Center)

••         Technology Acceleration Partners

••         The Yield Lab

••         Vermont Specialty Food Association

••         Village Capital


A copy of the ARP network brochure can be found here.

A copy of the ARP network map can be found here.

Agreement Templates can be found here.


Mojdeh Bahar
Assistant Administrator
Phone: (301) 504-6905
Fax: (301) 504-5060

Dr. Robert Griesbach
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Phone: (301) 504-6905
Fax: (301) 504-5060

Kate Baker
Management Analyst
Phone: (301) 504-6905
Fax: (301) 504-5060

Cathleen Cohn
Tech Transfer Liaison
Phone: (301) 504-4523
Fax: (301) 504-5060

Dennis Goodes
Business Management Specialist
Phone: (301) 504-4838
Fax: (301) 504-5060

Danitza Williams
Agreements Assistant
Phone: (301) 504-6786
Fax: (301) 504-6083

Mary Moore
Business Development Specialist
Phone: (301) 504-6786
Fax: (301) 504-5060