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 […]

Two agtech startups affiliated with Cultivo Virtual Academy are among the 15 finalists selected to pitch their products at Foodbytes Pitch 2021 on Nov. 10. AgriDigital is an Australia-based company and alumnus of the spring 2021 Cultivo cohort providing a digital platform serving the grain supply chain. U.K.-based company and member of Cultivo, BioLevel’s microbial products allow for reduced use of fertilizer. The […]

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 […]

Ankeny-based PowerPollen has successfully patented its pollination-on-demand technology, the company announced last week. PowerPollen’s pollination technology applies collected pollen to female plants directly rather than relying on the male plant’s pollen shedding window, which maximizes yield and reduces the impact of adverse weather, PowerPollen said in a statement.

A mockup of the mobile Farmmee platform, expected to launch this spring. Contributed image A new mobile app launching for agricultural producers this spring is designed to connect farmers with equipment to farmers with jobs, the founders say. The Farmmee app is expected to launch after April 1 following a year of development and piloting […]

FarmlandFinder is launching a sale-leaseback program of agricultural land as part of its online marketplace for farmland, CEO Steven Brockshus announced on Tuesday. The program allows an investor to acquire the land from the farm owner-operator and then lease it back on a long-term basis, which provides liquidity to farmers while helping them maintain ongoing […]

John Deere announced four new companies to its 2021 Startup Collaborator program: Nori (developing a carbon market), NVision Ag (developing nitrogen management decisions), Scanit (offering detection and classification of airborne plant pathogens) and Teleo (converting construction and mining equipment into tele-operated robots). Launched in 2019, the yearlong program enables John Deere and selected startup companies […]

For the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, 2020 was a program success, executive director Nadilia Gomez said this week.  In January, the accelerator received “unprecedented numbers” of applications for the 2020 cohort. At the onset of a global pandemic in the spring, IATA transferred the entire program virtually for the four participating startups.  “We were able to […]

Applications are open now for Cultivo Virtual Academy, a six-week virtual program targeting international startup companies and entrepreneurs seeking entry in the U.S. market, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced Tuesday. Completion of the program will make participants eligible for a weeklong, in-person Cultivo event in Iowa, currently slated for 2022, giving participants an opportunity for additional […]

A $40 million Series B round will help Johnston-based Growers Edge Financial expand its data analytics team and develop new warranties as an incentive to farmers adopting new practices, products and technology.  Founded in 2017, Growers Edge Financial recently closed the Series B round of financing, led by Seed 2 Growth Ventures, Cox Enterprises and […]