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MEDP along with Local Partners Host Agriculture focused Pub Talk In McMinnville on June 23, 2021

Jun 18, 2021

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MEDP, SEDCOR, Buildable and Launch Mid-Valley have partnered to bring an exciting conversation surrounding innovation and technology in agriculture to McMinnville, OR. This informal Pub Talk, taking place from 5-7PM at Foreland Beer on June 23rd, will feature updates on the Northwest Ag Innovation Hub from Alex Paraskevas, an in-depth look at bio-diversity from Pat Crowley, the founder and CEO of Chapul Farms, and Miles Oliveira will be sharing an exciting update from Buildable on Enterprise Resource Planning for the Ag industry.

Alex Paraskevas is the Polk County Business Retention and Expansion Manager at the Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), serving businesses and communities as a strategist, connector, and partner. As a nonprofit regional economic development organization, SEDCOR serves Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties and works with businesses to make sure they’re happy, healthy, and growing. Alex serves on a variety of boards and advisory committees including Oregon State University’s Extension Citizens Advisory Network; the city of Independence Planning Commission; Indy Idea Hub and soon starts a three-year term on the Oregon Beef Council.

Pat Crowley is founder and CEO of Chapul Farms, building and scaling modular insect farms. His diverse career path has had a singular focus of ensuring the food and water availability to future generations, with previous positions as a climate modeler, hydrologist, and agronomist for state and federal agencies. He founded Chapul (the first edible cricket protein company in the US) in 2012 as a way to create a pull-through demand for the growth of the insect agriculture industry. This path led him to an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, securing an investment from Mark Cuban, into a brand that reached national distribution as the first of its kind. Addressing today’s growth needs of the industry, Chapul Farms’ mission is to increase biodiversity within agriculture, leveraging insects as a gateway to beneficial microbial ecosystems that are essential to regenerative farming, and most terrestrial ecosystems on the planet. More information can be found at

Miles Oliveira is the Business Development Manager for Buildable, a Custom Software Development firm based in McMinnville, Oregon. He is passionate about solving problems through technology enablement for companies large and small. He is always looking for new ways to solve problems, new technologies to implement, and the next big idea that leads to the best return on investment for his clients.

“We are excited to hear from these local and regional partners and learn more about what’s next in agriculture, and how our local companies are helping to set the pace in tech and innovation in the Ag industry,” says Heather Hadley Blank the Interim Executive Director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP).  “One of our strategic goals for 2021 and beyond is Innovation Development, and we are looking forward to seeing a wide range of business ideas and connections come to life during this event.”

This event is free and open to the public, but due to Covid-19 and County guidelines, we are asking that attendees RSVP at the following link so we can get an accurate headcount.


Pub Talk: Innovation in Agriculture

Wednesday, June 23rd


Foreland Beer

777 SE 4th Street.

McMinnville, OR 97128


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