Welcome to 2020. What better way to kick off the new year than by looking ahead at key trends affecting the business community. We asked several leaders to identify a trend in their industry they felt other business leaders should know about. Here’s a peek at what they told us. The impact of voice searchRachel […]
The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator opens its application process on Monday to global agtech startups for the 2020 cohort. The accelerator, which hosts office space in the East Village, selects up to six global ag startups to spend 100 days of networking and mentoring in Des Moines. Applications will be closed on March 30, and the […]
Ag Leader Technology Inc. is joining the Iowa State University Research Park as a tenant and strategic partner, ISU Research Park President Rick Sanders said in a press statement. Ag Leader Technology Inc. manufactures and markets precision farming technology for farm management, machine guidance, application and harvest technology and water management.
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 West Des Moines-based agritech startup droneSAR is rebranding to Sigma0 (pronounced Sigma zero) as the company evolves beyond drone services, Sigma0 announced this week. “We are a company developing insights about crops using radar technology. Our sensors support aerial and ground based platforms, not just drones, so it was vital to choose a new […]
John Deere received a Tech for a Better World award at the 2020 CES Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding product design and engineering in consumer technology products. Deere was recognized for its 8RX row crop tractor that integrates artificial intelligence, the internet of things and advanced automation.
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 […]