New space to link Iowa farmers with latest innovations Tech takeaway: The “Tech takeaway” is a new feature in the innovationIOWA newsletter that will summarize the key information from our main story and offer insight into the Business Record’s reporting. Feedback and story ideas can be sent to Sarah Bogaards at sarahbogaards@bpcdm.com. Landus Cooperative’s new […]

Ag Startup Engine has announced a new initial investment in Le Clair, Iowa-based Haggle, an online marketplace where farmers can lend equipment and services they aren’t using to other farmers. “Haggle makes it easy for farmers to earn a passive income with idle equipment,” founder and CEO Nathan Greuel said. “We look to improve agriculture […]

Jackie Mosier has joined Growers Edge as vice president of mortgage lending, the agricultural fintech company announced on June 30. Mosier will help Growers Edge build a digital mortgage platform that simplifies farmland valuation by providing real-time data for farmers, investors and real estate professionals. “As a farmer myself, I know how difficult it can be to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]