Middle Bit: FarrPro wins National Hog Farmer Producer’s Choice award

Amos Petersen meets with Kurt Eaves of Grinnell Mutual during the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator in 2017. Eaves is a mentor to the AgriTech Accelerator.

FarrPro, an Iowa City-based ag tech startup, has won the 2019 National Hog Farmer New Product Tour “Producer’s Choice” Award with their Haven product.

The Producer’s Choice Award goes to the product receiving the most votes cast online by readers of National Hog Farmer (NHF) magazine and website. The Haven was also selected by a panel of pork industry experts as an overall finalist in the NHF New Product Tour based on the panels assessment of how effective the product would be in helping producers save money and improve efficiency.

“It’s an incredible honor to be chosen by the readership of National Hog Farmer for the Producer’s Choice Award,” said Amos Petersen, CEO & co-founder of FarrPro. “For us it is a validation of the philosophy that has driven development of this product from day one: listen closely to what producers want and find a way to give it to them.  We hope that the Haven is the first of many FarrPro products that will drive value to producers by solving old problems in new ways.”

The FarrPro Haven consists of an elongated parabolic reflector and a heat element that emits long-wave infrared energy creating a microclimate for the piglets, keeping them warm while in the farrowing pen.

AgCertain Industries Acquires KemX Global in Boone

Ames-based Ag Certain Industries announced last week that it has acquired KemX Global, a certified glycerin and vegetable oil refining company located in Boone.

AgCertain Industries plans to heavily invest in the acquired facility to increase its team, improve logistics capabilities, expand market reach, and broaden its product and service portfolio.

“Our first major investment is focused on glycerin and vegetable oils, both building block molecules that support a broad array of food, agricultural and bio-based outcomes,” said Daniel J. Oh, CEO and founder of AgCertain, in an announcement. “As part of the Cultivation Corridor, central Iowa is an ideal place to build and grow AgCertain due to available talent, a growing complex of production expertise, intellectual property, commercial experience, and an ever-evolving agricultural base.”

CYstarters Demo Day

Fifteen student-led startup companies will pitch their businesses on Thursday, August 1 during the 2019 Demo Day for CYstarters, at Iowa State University.

 Each of the startups participating in the 10-week summer accelerator will be presenting and we will be celebrating the end of the program. 

This is the fourth cohort for the CYstarters program; Demo day will start at 10 a.m. at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility. 

The event is free and open to the public.