Farmland Finder and AgHelp have advanced to the final four of Farm Bureau’s 2019 Ag Innovation Challenge.
Farmland Finder was also one of six companies that pitched yesterday during the Nebraska Power Farming Show in Lincoln, Nebraska.
While AgHelp is not based in Iowa, they are no stranger to the state, having recently took part in 2018 cohort of the Iowa Agritech Accelerator.
The four finalist teams were awarded $15,000 each. They are:
- AgHelp Corp., Belding, Michigan
- Elite OviGen Inc., Beverly Hills, Florida
- FarmlandFinder, Ames, Iowa
- Glean LLC, Farmville, North Carolina
“It’s an honor to recognize these four outstanding rural businesses for advancing in the Ag Innovation Challenge,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall in an announcement earlier today. “Starting rural businesses takes faith, courage and creativity. We wish all of these entrepreneurs well as they continue striving to take their food and agriculture businesses to the next level.”
The final four teams (selected from the 10 semi-finalist teams) will all compete in a live pitch competition at AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13. They will compete to win:
- Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000
- People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000
This is the fifth year of the Challenge. In last year’s competition, 471 entrepreneurs applied, from which AFBF selected four to advance to the final phase of the competition.
SwineTech, based in Cedar Rapids was named the winner for its ag technology entry to reduce pig mortality. Hawk Knob of West Virginia, a producer of craft beverages, won the People’s Choice Award.