The Liechtenstein Group, an international group of companies and investment platform owned by the Foundation Prince Liechtenstein, is making a lead investment in PowerPollen’s next funding round of $24.4 million. PowerPollen, based in Ames, has developed a pollination technology that collects and preserves pollen for up to four years. It can then be applied at the […]

Des Moines Independent Community School District recently unveiled a newly constructed barn for agriculture and horticulture students at Central Campus to gain experience in what it’s like to work in the agriculture industry. The new barn will be open for all students in the metro area who choose the Central Campus Ag program. According to […]

A new cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy launched on April 15, America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced. Over the next six weeks, seven companies from Australia and Canada will participate in the virtual program that provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, interaction with Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) announced the recipients of its Future Biotech Leader scholarships during the 2024 State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa. The five recipients are Sabrina Du, Kelly Takorbisong, Precilia Kangni, Aden Konig and Judith Williams. “We celebrate not only the achievements of these bright minds but also their passionate curiosity about innovation […]

Three companies in the agricultural biologicals sector, Pivot Bio, Meristem and Syngenta, have signed on to sponsor a comprehensive, farmer-centric market research effort around row-crop farmers’ increased use of agricultural biologicals. The study is being launched by Stratovation Group, a Midwest-based research, marketing and communications firm focused on the agricultural sector, according to a press release. This […]

GW Nutrition, led by President Anita Norian and Research and Development Director Laura Wonderling, received $10,000 for placing first in the Iowa Biotech Showcase, a pitch competition held during the Iowa Biotechnology Association’s Iowa Biotech Showcase and Conference in February. GW Nutrition will use the funding to advance its CleanSense technology, which uses a propriety […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) has announced Dr. Frances Johnson, chief innovation officer of Perspective Therapeutics, and Anthony Kinney, research director at Corteva Agriscience, as the recipients of the 2024 Iowa Biotech Leader Award. The awards were presented to Johnson and Kinney during IowaBio’s Iowa Biotech Showcase and Conference on Feb. 28. Johnson, a physician, […]

Ag Startup Engine, an Ames-based program that offers seed investment and investor connections to early-stage agriculture startups, announced Feb. 21 it has added Indianapolis, Ind.-based Croft to its portfolio companies. According to a news release, Croft has developed an online Agribusiness Workforce Platform to help address challenges around seasonal labor, worker productivity and farm operations optimization. Croft founders Scott […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Future Biotech Leaders Scholarship through March 11. The scholarship is awarded to Iowa high school juniors and seniors who exhibit the best use of biotechnology. IowaBio has awarded more than 100 scholarships since 2000. To learn more and apply, click here.

America’s Cultivation Corridor is accepting applications from international startups and entrepreneurs for its 2024 Cultivo Virtual Academy cohorts. The next cohort, planned for April-May, will focus on companies in the Americas that are outside the U.S., Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. Future cohorts will focus on Europe, Africa and Eastern Mediterranean regions, […]