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, […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced its board officers for the 2024-25 leadership term.  Kevin Rasmussen, pictured on the right, is the owner of Owl Lake Production Co. and board member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will chair the board of directors. “Across the entire state, we’re seeing state-of-the-art innovation in a diverse range of agricultural […]

Seven companies from Israel are participating in a new cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor, which launched on July 6. The program provides participants with mentorship, interaction with Iowa’s agricultural leaders, and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems, and customer perspectives. The sessions will be […]

The Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University and America’s Cultivation Corridor are partnering on the second Next Gen Innovation Impact Study, where a small team of Iowa State University CALS students will spend the fall semester uncovering innovations driving sustainability in agriculture. The innovation interns will explore how innovation […]

Among the America’s Cultivation Corridor’s range of efforts to develop Iowa’s agricultural and bioscience economy, it started a new initiative in 2022 to engage the next generation of agriculture professionals. The Next Gen Innovation Impact Study program, partnering with Start Something (a program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University), launched in 2022 […]

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 […]

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 […]

International startups looking to prepare for U.S. market entry can now apply for the third cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy in spring 2022. Applications are open through Feb. 1, and cohort sessions begin March 22. All participants who have completed one of the three cohorts will also be eligible to attend an in-person event in […]

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 […]