FarmlandFinder, an Ames startup supporting farmland sales for buyers and sellers, raised $3 million in a seed funding round led by Cultivian Sandbox, with participation from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Rural Vitality Fund and Next Level Ventures. FarmlandFinder will use the funding to expand staff, founder and CEO Steven Brockshus said in a statement.
Haber Technologies Inc. is launching a new grain drying and aeration system called the DRI-Stack, a new way to bin dry and aerate corn with high heat, during the 2019 Farm News Ag Show in Fort Dodge today. DRI-Stack’s announcement comes as Iowa farmers face a shortage of liquid propane necessary to dry crops harvested […]
John Deere received a Tech for a Better World award at the 2020 CES Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding product design and engineering in consumer technology products. Deere was recognized for its 8RX row crop tractor that integrates artificial intelligence, the internet of things and advanced automation.
The Ames-based autonomous farming platform Smart Ag has been acquired by Raven Industries, a Sioux Falls-based industrial company with the precision agriculture division Raven Applied Technology. The acquisition falls under the newly-established Raven Autonomy, the company’s strategic growth platform for autonomous agriculture solutions announced on Oct. 28. Smart Ag launched in 2015 and is most […]
SwineTech, a Cedar Rapids-based agtech startup designing products to protect piglets from accidental crushing by their mothers, received October’s Business of the Month award by America’s SBDC Iowa. SwineTech has won multiple awards from MIT, the American Farm Bureau and the Investors Hall of Fame; co-founders Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza have also been recognized […]
The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator will host its third Demonstration Day at the Des Moines Embassy Club Oct. 15 in conjunction with the World Food Prize and 2019 Borlaug Dialogue and International Symposium. Doors open at 5 p.m. and presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. More than 120 volunteer mentors worked with the accelerator’s four agtech […]
Nadilia Gomez will join the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator as executive director beginning on Aug. 1, the accelerator announced. Gomez joins the accelerator from Corteva Agriscience, where she served as a senior research scientist in Predictive Ag, and a digital pillar leader of the Disruptive Business Innovation Portfolio. At Corteva, Gomez was responsible for tactical and […]
A dairy farm in northwest Iowa held an open house to show off the farm’s unique series of robots that keep the operation running, reports Radio Iowa. The J&S Dairy Farm, owned by John and Sharon VanderWaal, is one of the most technologically advanced in the state, said Scott Schroeder, executive director of the Western […]
Global regulatory portfolio lead – soybeans, Corteva Agriscience Tiny seeds link Iowa’s past to the cutting-edge work at Corteva AgriScience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. The story began in the 1920s when Henry A. Wallace started Hi-Bred Corn Co., later known as Pioneer Hi-Bred, working on seed genetics. In the late 1990s, Dow would come to […]
by Laurie Bedord, Successful Farming Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission from the May 2019 edition of Successful Farming. Heavy rains, strong winds, hail and tornadoes have all left their mark on the Applegates’ corn and soybean fields in western Iowa. Since planting their first crop in 1976, the family has watched those […]