International startups looking to prepare for U.S. market entry can now apply for the third cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy in spring 2022. Applications are open through Feb. 1, and cohort sessions begin March 22. All participants who have completed one of the three cohorts will also be eligible to attend an in-person event in […]

Rantizo, an Iowa City-based startup providing drone crop spraying equipment and services, is the first U.S. company to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the DJI Agras T-30 drone for agricultural applications. The drone launched earlier in 2021 but required approval from the FAA because it weighs more than 55 pounds. “This […]

Cultivo Virtual Academy announced Wednesday that six international startup companies have completed its six-week virtual Global Innovation Program. Hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor, the program provided an online curriculum and mentorship and networking opportunities with Iowa’s agricultural leaders with the goal of helping the companies prepare to enter the U.S. market. The third cohort is planned for […]

Two agtech startups affiliated with Cultivo Virtual Academy are among the 15 finalists selected to pitch their products at Foodbytes Pitch 2021 on Nov. 10. AgriDigital is an Australia-based company and alumnus of the spring 2021 Cultivo cohort providing a digital platform serving the grain supply chain. U.K.-based company and member of Cultivo, BioLevel’s microbial products allow for reduced use of fertilizer. The […]

To conclude the first day of the 2021 Borlaug Dialogue, this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, presented her research on developing aquatic food systems that provide people with equitable access to nourishing and sustainable diets Monday evening at Iowa State University. Like Iowan Norman Borlaug, the agronomist the lecture is named after, Thilsted’s […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor launched its second iteration of Cultivo Virtual Academy Tuesday with a cohort of six startups from around the world. The six-week virtual program connects the participating companies with mentors and Iowa’s agricultural leaders and provides a curriculum focused on entering the U.S. market and navigating regulatory and finance systems.  “It is exciting to welcome a […]

A day after John Deere announced its acquisition of Bear Flag Robotics on Aug. 5, two of Deere’s autonomous agriculture leaders fielded questions via a conference call with reporters across the country about what the new partnership means for the agriculture industry and for Deere, whose Intelligent Solutions Group operates an expansive research and testing […]

Living in laboratory flasks across the globe, cell cultures are hiding a lot of key insights in plain view of lab technicians developing medical therapies. “The health of a cell is the key parameter,” said Nigel Reuel, Iowa State University associate professor of chemical and biological engineering.   Despite the importance of constant surveillance of cell […]