Nominations are open for the Iowa Biotech Leader of the Year Award through Feb. 3. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in their organization and within the industry, an ability to bring innovative biotechnology products and services to the marketplace, and a commitment to advocate for Iowa’s biotechnology industry. The recipient […]

The Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Co. has finalized the purchase of the site for its planned 2,000-head-per-day beef-processing facility in Mills County. The company completed the agreement to buy 132 acres from a private party on Dec. 30. The sale price was not disclosed. “Land purchases for projects of this size often take quite a while […]

Among the America’s Cultivation Corridor’s range of efforts to develop Iowa’s agricultural and bioscience economy, it started a new initiative in 2022 to engage the next generation of agriculture professionals. The Next Gen Innovation Impact Study program, partnering with Start Something (a program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University), launched in 2022 […]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday three grants, including one to Ames-based Soylei Innovations, totaling $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the U.S. The funds are made available through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Bioproduct Pilot Program, which is authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs […]

Ag Startup Engine, a seed capital program for agricultural startups, on Wednesday announced Farmwave as the latest company to join its portfolio. According to the news release, Farmwave offers a solution to monitoring and managing mechanical harvest loss. Using AI software, the company has developed a system of cameras that mount on the combine in […]

Deere & Co. is entering a partnership as a limited investor in Advantage Capital’s Empower the Change growth fund, which provides entrepreneurs of color access to capital in order to grow their businesses and create community wealth. Advantage Capital is a New Orleans-based investment firm providing financing to established and emerging companies located in communities underserved by conventional […]

TEConomy Partners, a global research firm focusing on analysis and strategy for innovation-driven economic development, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization have released the 10th biennial report on the economic footprint of the U.S. bioscience industry. The report breaks down the latest trends and information for the nation, states and metropolitan areas. According to the report, Iowa’s bioscience […]

John Deere announced Oct. 26 that it is partnering with Iowa State University to help U.S. farmers feed the world and fuel sustainability, the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal reported. Through the strategic partnership, Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. and ISU will establish a demonstration site consisting of four fields and processes that will enable Deere […]

The current hiring landscape is on nearly every business leader’s mind. The Ag Startup Engine’s fifth annual Ag Innovators Unconference sought to inform and support agricultural startups in their hiring journeys and working to attract tech talent to Iowa. Ag Startup Engine co-director Joel Harris moderated a panel discussion titled “Crap. I just raised a bunch […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association’s 2023 Iowa Biotech Showcase and Conference has been scheduled for March 7-8, 2023. Presentation proposals and applications for the showcase are now open and are due by Nov. 11. The showcase is a pitch competition for emerging biotech companies judged by a select group of IowaBio members and industry professionals. Multiple companies will be […]