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Maryland Smith EMBAs Support Agromovil Initiative to Improve the Farm-to-Market System

Jan 26, 2021

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Agromovil, an app-based platform supporting small-scale agriculture, has announced a collaborative project involving six mid-career professionals from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Executive MBA program.

The team will work closely with Agromovil in the first half of 2021 to develop and launch a pilot aimed at small farmers in the Delaware-Maryland-DC-Virginia (Delmarva) area. The initiative builds off Agromovil’s “global match-batch-pay platform,” which helps small farmers connect with new buyers, sell direct, and find optimized transport.

One of the Maryland Smith participants is Scott Kuschmider, a global government affairs director with Bayer. He crafted, with Agromovil, a proposal for a team-based real-world problem-solving application that earned support from his classmates.

“I am excited to work with Agromovil,” says Kuschmider. “As a 19-year professional in food and agriculture, I know innovation is essential – especially now as we work to build more resilient food systems. With our team of five accomplished University of Maryland EMBA classmates, we have a great opportunity to bring Agromovil’s dynamic approach to make a real impact in the U.S.”

Kuschmider's EMBA teammates are Nidhi Agrawal, Kelley Flynn, Amber Gillis, Brian Lyttle, and Kabir Mulchandani. Together they have deep experience in accounting, engineering, business analytics, cybersecurity, and software development. “Our region has so many local producers, says Flynn. “The time is right to find new, creative ways to connect sellers to buyers utilizing this new platform.”

Agromovil founder and CEO Andrew Mack says, “We’re excited to have such a talented and entrepreneurial group joining Team Agromovil, and we look forward to working with the Smith EMBAs. Especially in light of the COVID crisis, we have a chance to rethink how we look at the supply chain that connects small farmers to all kinds of markets. There are great opportunities to help small farming communities thrive, starting here in the Washington/Delmarva area."

Read Agromovil’s announcement of the project: “6 Mid-Career Professionals Join Agromovil Via Maryland Smith’s Executive MBA Program.”

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