Global ingredient manufacturer Kemin Industries announced Wednesday it has recently launched KeminConnect, a cloud-based data management platform that connects Kemin’s liquid application systems with its internet of things (IoT) tool. According to a release, the platform is leading the company’s digitization efforts in its services for its animal nutrition and health, rendering and pet food markets. It “improves […]

Ahraz Husain has been appointed vice president of data at Growers Edge, the agriculture financial technology company announced Monday. Husain most recently led a team of data product managers and data and analytics engineers at Corteva Agriscience. He started at Corteva in 2016 focusing on the company’s digital solutions platform before moving over to research and […]

Ames-based Workiva Inc. announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Persefoni Inc., a climate management and account platform, to provide transparent, investor-grade carbon disclosures to joint customers. The companies said their partnership establishes “the only reporting solution in the market that unifies transparent and connected financial and environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting with deeper […]

BrownWinick Law Firm is hosting the first New Carbon Economy Summit Feb. 24 to discuss emerging technologies and practices that promote containing carbon emissions as well as the financial and legal issues of developing carbon projects. The half-day summit will include four sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a networking reception until 4 […]

Before the holidays, I sat down with America’s Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Billi Hunt (right) and Senior Director of Strategy and Project Management Tracy Uhlman (left) for coffee and a conversation about Cultivo Virtual Academy, the Corridor’s partnerships and its 2022 focus on sustainability. To wrap things up, I asked a few quick questions to get to know […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor announced Tuesday the new members of its board of directors for its 2022-23 leadership term. Cory Reed, president of worldwide agriculture and turf division at John Deere, will serve as the chair of the board of directors. Reed was vice chair during the 2021-22 term. “Iowa’s leadership in agriculture, food and ag bioscience is […]

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 […]