Lask week Rantizo, an agtech drone spraying startup, added 5 more states to its list of eligible operations. With the latest approvals, the Rantizo footprint has grown beyond the Midwest, spanning into eastern and southern states as well.
The Iowa City agtech startup is now licensed and approved to provide drone spraying services in 10 states across the country.
In July, Rantizo became the first and only company approved for drone spraying in the state of Iowa. Shortly thereafter, expansion into Wisconsin occurred. Just a few weeks following that, Nebraska, Illinois, and Minnesota were added to the approved territories. Now the company has added South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Louisiana, and Missouri to areas its approved and intends to operate within.
Arizona, Oregon and California are expected to be approved in the near future.
Rantizo CEO, Michael Ott says that having a solid plan before embarking on state by state approvals has been crucial to the company’s rapid expansion across the U.S.
“We have been diligent in working with the FAA and states for necessary licensing,” said Ott. “As a market leader in this space, it has been important to us to go through the proper channels to ensure the sustainability of drone spraying for the agricultural industry.”
With each state that Rantizo has added to their approved territory, new opportunities have come along as well
“Growers of everything from cotton to lettuce, watermelons to sorghum have looked at Rantizo as a solution for their fields,” said Rantizo Marketing Lead Emily Carlson. “Our team has been on the road and all over the country in the past several weeks and each time we reconvene it’s exciting to learn about new opportunities on the horizon.”
Last month, Rantizo won the 2019 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and was awarded $40,000.
“Getting into new states outside of our immediate backyard is part of our strategy,” Ott said. “Now we are not only in multiple states, but we’ve begun to represent Rantizo drone spraying as a viable option for growers in multiple regions across the country as well.”
This week, Rantizo is in Memphis, Tennessee for the Startup of the Year Summit as one the 100 Semifinalists for the 2019 Startup of the Year.
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Rantizo becomes first Iowa company approved to use drones for crop spraying -July 19, 2019
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