As founder of Agri-Tech Producers, LLC (ATP), Joseph J. James is a former 33-year economic development professional with robust experience as a biomass leader in the Southeast United States. James is a social entrepreneur who wants his companies to benefit people, the environment and their investors. He is a long-standing member of the federal Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee, and won the 2008 Purpose Prize.

Venture: Agri-Tech Producers, LLC (ATP) has assigned its new, patent-pending invention of a Combined Remediation Biomass and Bio-Product Production (CRBBP) Process to ATP-MD, LLC, its Maryland operating affiliate. This process cost-effectively cleans up contaminated land and water, by planting certain types of bio-crops in those sites, and using the phytoremediation capabilities of the extensive root systems of those crops to extract undesirable substances, like phosphorus, from Chesapeake Bay watershed farm soils. The crops are then harvested and that resulting biomass may be used as is, or converted into a variety of bio-products, for domestic and foreign customers.