The UIC was founded in 1992 by Dr. Will Carpenter and Mr. Ralph “Doug” Tisher with the Monsanto Company. The first formal meeting of the organization occurred in the Fall of 1992 with Mississippi State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska and The University of Arizona. Topics discussed were broad in nature and focused on organizational development, plant sciences and animal sciences.
Over the past 28 years, the UIC has expanded to include 60 member organizations with participants coming from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and elsewhere to continue the discussion of the future of Food Development. Our members represent industry, academia, associations and governmental entities all focus on collaborating on the future of food production. Opportunities for business development, licensing, research collaboration and networking continue to drive the desire for organizations to join the UIC.
Roberts Hunter, the current UIC Chairman, is committed to continue the legacy of excellence and cooperation on which the UIC was founded while growing the reach of the UIC through collaborative development programs and academic outreach. Our focus is to continue the discussion on the Future of Food and assisting our members to leverage their membership for betterment of their organizations and the world.