The National Academy of Inventors is adding Iowa State University researchers Balaji Narasimhan and Guru Rao to its roster of academy fellows, ISU announced this week. Narasimhan is the director of ISU’s Nanovaccine Institute, and Rao is an associate vice president for research with focus in engineering proteins for nutritional enhancement of crops. Narasimhan and […]

FarmlandFinder, an Ames startup supporting farmland sales for buyers and sellers, raised $3 million in a seed funding round led by Cultivian Sandbox, with participation from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Rural Vitality Fund and Next Level Ventures. FarmlandFinder will use the funding to expand staff, founder and CEO Steven Brockshus said in a statement.

Haber Technologies Inc. is launching a new grain drying and aeration system called the DRI-Stack, a new way to bin dry and aerate corn with high heat, during the 2019 Farm News Ag Show in Fort Dodge today. DRI-Stack’s announcement comes as Iowa farmers face a shortage of liquid propane necessary to dry crops harvested […]

Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer based in Des Moines, recently opened a new a $1.5 million Bakery Innovation Center, reports Bake Magazine. The center combines research and development support, customer laboratory services, and an in-house bakery pilot plant to support baking and snack manufacturers with batch packs, dough conditioners, softeners and mold inhibitors.

The Ames-based autonomous farming platform Smart Ag has been acquired by Raven Industries, a Sioux Falls-based industrial company with the precision agriculture division Raven Applied Technology. The acquisition falls under the newly-established Raven Autonomy, the company’s strategic growth platform for autonomous agriculture solutions announced on Oct. 28. Smart Ag launched in 2015 and is most […]

SwineTech, a Cedar Rapids-based agtech startup designing products to protect piglets from accidental crushing by their mothers, received October’s Business of the Month award by America’s SBDC Iowa. SwineTech has won multiple awards from MIT, the American Farm Bureau and the Investors Hall of Fame; co-founders Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza have also been recognized […]

Sundeep Vani joined Iowa State University in the newly-created role of chief technology officer for biobased products, the university has announced. As CTO, Vani will work with Biobased Product platform lead Brent Shanks and the Iowa Innovation Corp. to identify promising emerging technologies and develop them into commercial products. Vani has spent the last two […]

Coralville-based IDx Technologies has appointed former LabCorp executive Seth Rainford as its new president of global markets, the Corridor Business Journal reports. Rainford will be charged with expanding market opportunities and driving operational excellence at IDx, which last April received clearance from the FDA for the first autonomous AI diagnostic system in any field of medicine. […]