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University of Idaho Spin-off Company selling in China
5/7/2012
From the Idaho Statesman, Written by Rocky Barker: A Moscow biotech company signed a deal with a Shanghai dairy corporation during Gov. Butch Otter’s trade mission to China last month. BioTracking, of Moscow will sell pregnancy tests for cows to Bright Dairy and Foods, one of China’s largest dairy companies under a memorandum of understanding signed when Otter visited. Two years earlier Otter brought Nancy and Garth Sasser, the developers of the technology, to the attention of the dairy company. The test has a 99 percent accuracy rating and knowing when a cow is pregnant is critical to productivity for a dairy farm. Otter called the mission, which had 16 Idaho companies, a success in an interview Wednesday with Neal Larsen of KID AM Radio in Idaho Falls. “All the other companies had good appointments, made good progress on entry or expansion into the Chinese market,” Otter told Larsen.
Planning Program continues work in Clearwater Basin
4/29/2012
The Bioregional Planning program’s involvement in the Clearwater Basin continues this year. The Comprehensive Planning Class led by Sandra Pinel is doing service learning in Nez Perce County this semester, using census data to link to comprehensive planning for the county. Dr. Pinel also continues to conduct participatory research on regional planning with the Clearwater Basin Collaborative.