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Farmland Finder to pitch at Nebraska Farming Power Show

Farmland Finder

As the Nebraska Power Farming Show nears, six ag tech start-ups are preparing to pitch their ideas during the event’s Ag Innovation Pitch competition.

Farmland Finder was announced as one of the six companies that will pitch in the competition. Each of the six start-ups is vying for a $20,000 prize. The competition will take place on December 5, 2018, during the Nebraska Power Farming Show in Lincoln, Nebraska.

FarmlandFinder, a technology company that develops products and services to make farmland information accessible, is no stranger to pitch competitions. The company was recently announced as one of ten finalists for the 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.

The Nebraska Power Farming Show is the second largest indoor U.S. farm show and hosts nearly 760 exhibitors across more than 9 acres annually.

Below are the six companies that will pitch on December 5:


Using blockchain technology, ChorChek enables livestock producers to keep digital records in a simplified, secure way.


FarmAfield pairs small farmers with online investors, which allows a large number of financiers to purchase products or commodities in varying increments.


Farmland Finder lets you view upcoming land sales, sale price records, sale transaction details, soil composition maps, and more.


HitchPin is an app that helps farmers connect with others who can provide those services or products.


This Nebraska-based company wants to lower the morbidity and mortality rates in your herd with its Quantified AG smart cattle ear tag. Once the tag is activated, an animal’s data is sent every hour to the cloud so you can identify sick animals sooner.


Connecting landowners and growers, Tillable is an online marketplace that aims to provide price discovery, access to new land, and information management in a single digital platform.


Farmland Finder to pitch at Nebraska Farming Power Show | Clay & Milk
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