Birmingham, Alabama – 26 July 2011Kirchner Food Security Group ( “KFSG”) is pleased to announce the addition of two new advisory board members, Dr. Edwin Price and Larkin Martin, as well as an additional strategic technology partner, The Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise & Commercialization (CCTEC) .

“We find ourselves at the centre of a rapidly growing food security ecosystem comprised of both public and private partners all focused on producing sufficient food to feed the world’s population over the coming decades,” said W.B. (Bud) Kirchner, Co-Founder of KFSG. “By adding to our world class roster of advisors and technology collaboration partners we continue to extend our ability to deliver innovative agricultural efficiency solutions.”

New Board of Advisor Members:

Dr. Edwin Price is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M, an organization employing agricultural science to feed the world’s hungry, and to support equity, economic growth, quality of life, and mutual respect among peoples.  Dr. Price directs staff on grants and contracts in 40 countries and serves as the institute’s federal liaison.  In addition, Dr Price is a member of the board of Directors for the Sustainable Agricultural and Natural Resources Management Collaborative Research Support Program and the Future Harvest Committee for Rebuilding Afghanistan Agriculture.

“With the strong relationship the Norman Borlaug Institute and Texas A&M already has with KFSG, becoming a member of their advisory board was the next step in cementing the bonds of our complementary work,” said Dr. Price.  “I look forward to supporting their food security initiatives and leveraging KFSG’s expertise to the benefit of our institute’s leading agricultural science.”

V. Larkin Martin is Managing Partner of Martin Farm, Vice President of The Albemarle Corporation, and serves as an Officer of Servico Inc. and Cottonseed, LLC. Previously she served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Ms. Martin also serves as a Director of Rayonier, a NYSE traded timber REIT headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, is the immediate past Chairman of the Cotton Board and is a Member of the President’s Advisory Council of the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

“I am both honoured and excited to be part of KFSG’s advisory board,” said Larkin Martin.  “Through our family agricultural operation, I see firsthand the power of technology to improve agricultural efficiency.  KFSG understands what needs to be done to not only promote the issues of Food Security but be part of the actions that must happen for us to succeed.”

New Strategic Technology Partner:

The Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise & Commercialization (CCTEC) is responsible for managing the transfer of technology and plant varieties for Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.  Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences has a long and productive history as a institution known for successfully introducing novel plant varieties with improved disease and insect resistance and cold tolerance.

Whether creating a liaison between a promising company with industry thought leaders or being a conduit for the commercialization and development of agricultural efficiency solutions, the addition of these strategic advisors and partner strengthens KFSG’s ability to support companies and the technologies that contribute to food security.


About Kirchner Food Security Group

The Kirchner Food Security Group ( was formed to pursue opportunities related to the challenges of producing sufficient food to feed the world’s expanding population through our focus on supporting technologies related to advanced fertilizers and related solutions, enhanced nutrient dynamics, seeds and genetics, pest and disease control and post harvest technologies. KFSG’s initial role will be to resolve the business challenges restricting the deployment of high potential agricultural technologies.

For inquiries, please contact:

W.B. (Bud) Kirchner