Grit Marketing was founded in 2020, in Orem, Utah, and has grown its sales force to over 400 sales representatives in 2021. This past year, Grit produced nearly $50 million in pest control annual contract value.
“The Aptive + Grit Marketing partnership makes so much sense,” said Ben Egan, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Grit Marketing. “Teaming up with Aptive and joining forces will help us achieve our collective goals even faster.”
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists will explore insect farming for food and feed in response to climate change and shrinking food supplies for a growing global population.
A newly awarded $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation has established the Center for Environmental Sustainability through Insect Farming. Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been assigned as the lead site for the center, which will be a collaborative effort with Mississippi State University, MSU, and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IUPUI. Joining the universities will be 34 U.S. and global industrial partners, including Mars Inc., Tyson Foods and insect farming pioneers such as Aspire Food Groups, Protix and Beta Hatch Inc.
Elena Castell-Perez, Ph.D., product development, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
The lead researchers at IUPUI are Christine Picard an associate professor at the School of Science at IUPUI, and Yunlong Liu, a professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Heather R. Jordan, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Jonas King, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, will lead the site at MSU.