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 […]

Idaho-based Valley Agronomics announced Sept. 1 that it will collaborate with Growers Edge and use its technology and data analytics to create a fully digital lending platform for Valley Ag customers. Valley Ag Platinum Financing will be hosted on Valley Ag’s Grower Portal, a customer service platform created and supported by AgVend. According to a news release, […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced the launch of its first class of Innovation Interns from Iowa State University and the launch of its Next Gen Innovation Impact Study program in partnership with ISU’s Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We’re excited to launch this program to provide Iowa State students the opportunity to connect with and […]

Valent BioSciences announced Tuesday it is making investments at three research and development facilities in addition to the recently announced expansions at the company’s manufacturing facility in Osage. Additions at the Osage plant include new production-scale fermentation and recovery equipment, a new pilot plant facility and expanded laboratory space. The biotechnology company will also restore 34 acres […]

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 […]