By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
My “Conversation” articles keep rolling forward. My May article on this topic is with Jeff Martin, CEO of Yulex Corporation, the first commercial enterprise to produce biobased, medical-grade latex that is safe for people with latex allergies.
Can I just say, we’re doing some pretty exciting things in Arizona!
If you don’t read the entire article, below are key takeaways:
2. You must see the future even before others do.
3. You must partner with the key stakeholders.
4. Don’t give up.
5. Dream big.
6. If we don’t try, we’ll never know the possibilities.
Said Martin: As this gears up, we’ll probably need tens of thousands of acres. I easily see 100,000 acres at some time with a clear cultivating and harvesting system to support the acreage. As this emerges, we’ll need new designs for harvesting equipment since we’ll need dedicated equipment, service industries can be developed , and seeding (transplanting) and harvesting services. Yulex’s core competencies include crop science technology and marketing specialists. Done really well, we can continue creating a market for all of these materials. Plus, I believe we’re really good at working at the scientific level for crop development in partnership with the university.
Personally, the article is a great read.
- Patagonia and Yulex Introduce the First Alternative to the Traditional Neoprene Wetsuit (fillyourplate.org)
- Into the Belly of the Beast: My Visit to Monsanto (juliesfreshair.com)
- Bridgestone Investing in Potential North American Source for Rubber (wheels.blogs.nytimes.com)
- The Lord Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear … of GMOs (juliesfreshair.com)
- U of A and Arizona Farm Bureau on the Same Page (juliesfreshair.com)