President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sept. 12 to launch the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, which will put more federal funding into the biotechnology industry. The executive order coincided with Biden’s speech announcing a long-term goal to reduce cancer deaths and pursue cures or preventative treatments.  A release announcing the executive order said, “By responsibly harnessing […]

Idaho-based Valley Agronomics announced Sept. 1 that it will collaborate with Growers Edge and use its technology and data analytics to create a fully digital lending platform for Valley Ag customers. Valley Ag Platinum Financing will be hosted on Valley Ag’s Grower Portal, a customer service platform created and supported by AgVend. According to a news release, […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced the launch of its first class of Innovation Interns from Iowa State University and the launch of its Next Gen Innovation Impact Study program in partnership with ISU’s Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We’re excited to launch this program to provide Iowa State students the opportunity to connect with and […]

Valent BioSciences announced Tuesday it is making investments at three research and development facilities in addition to the recently announced expansions at the company’s manufacturing facility in Osage. Additions at the Osage plant include new production-scale fermentation and recovery equipment, a new pilot plant facility and expanded laboratory space. The biotechnology company will also restore 34 acres […]

Ames-based Genvax Technologies, a startup bringing advances in self-amplifying mRNA (saRNA) for animal vaccines, will move toward getting regulatory approval of its vaccines with $6.5 million in new series seed funding. According to a press release, the company is seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture and international approval “in anticipation of any foreign animal disease outbreak in order […]

New space to link Iowa farmers with latest innovations Tech takeaway: The “Tech takeaway” is a new feature in the innovationIOWA newsletter that will summarize the key information from our main story and offer insight into the Business Record’s reporting. Feedback and story ideas can be sent to Sarah Bogaards at sarahbogaards@bpcdm.com. Landus Cooperative’s new […]

Ag Startup Engine has announced a new initial investment in Le Clair, Iowa-based Haggle, an online marketplace where farmers can lend equipment and services they aren’t using to other farmers. “Haggle makes it easy for farmers to earn a passive income with idle equipment,” founder and CEO Nathan Greuel said. “We look to improve agriculture […]

Jackie Mosier has joined Growers Edge as vice president of mortgage lending, the agricultural fintech company announced on June 30. Mosier will help Growers Edge build a digital mortgage platform that simplifies farmland valuation by providing real-time data for farmers, investors and real estate professionals. “As a farmer myself, I know how difficult it can be to […]