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EasyKnock relaunches FarmlandFinder platform
EasyKnock today announced the relaunch of FarmlandFinder, an online sale-leaseback platform for farmland. The new FarmlandFinder platform will exclusively offer sale-leasebacks to farmers and can help them achieve goals such as strengthening balance sheets, funding operations, eliminating debt, and buying more land. "As a fifth-generation dairy farmer, I have seen firsthand the difficult situations…
Growers Edge acquires FarmlandFinder’s software assets
Growers Edge, a provider of data-driven financial technology (fintech) solutions for the agricultural industry, announced today the acquisition of the lending and appraisal software, as well as the farmland sales website from FarmlandFinder. The acquisition by Growers Edge will build on the company’s innovative warranty-backed Crop Plans and financial software and services for the ag industry.  FarmlandFinder was…
FarmlandFinder acquired by New York-based EasyKnock
Des Moines startup FarmlandFinder announced today that it has been acquired by EasyKnock, a residential sale-leaseback platform based in New York. EasyKnock allows American homeowners to convert their equity to cash by selling the property to EasyKnock while remaining in the home they love as a renter. The acquisition will allow EasyKnock to expand its services to…
FarmlandFinder raises $3 million
FarmlandFinder, a digital platform for farmland professionals, has completed a $3 million seed investment round.  Cultivian Sandbox led the round with participation from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Rural Vitality Fund and Next Level Ventures. FarmlandFinder will use the funding to expand its team in order to help more landowners, ag lenders and land investment firms leverage data to grow their…
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Ag Startup Engine makes second $25,000 investment in FarmlandFinder
Ag Startup Engine announced today that they have made a second investment in FarmlandFinder. FarmlandFinder (formally Terva) is a technology company that develops products and services to make farmland information accessible. FarmlandFinder plans to use the funds to help them increase the size of their staff and  continue to grow their business infrastructure. "Up to this point,…
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A central Iowa ag-tech accelerator has secured more backers and finally has a name. The Greater Des Moines Partnership first announced the accelerator last year, naming four initial investors. On Monday, the Partnership said the program will be called the "Iowa AgriTech Accelerator" and named three new investors. The new investors include Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corp. and Sukup Manufacturing, all Iowa companies. They join investors Deere & Co., Peoples Co., Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. and DuPont Pioneer. Each investor has agreed to put up $100,000 for the first year of the accelerator. Startups entering the program will receive $40,000 in seed funding in exchange for 6 percent equity. Tej Dhawan, an angel investor and local startup mentor, is serving as interim director until the AgriTech Accelerator names a permanent leader. Dhawan held a similar role with the GIA before Brian Hemesath was named as managing director. As interim director, Dhawan said his main job includes hiring the accelerator's executive director, establishing a business structure and initial recruiting for the first cohort. The accelerator will place few filters, such as location and product, on the applicant pool, Dhawan said. "When you’re seeking innovation, innovation can come from every corner of the world so why restrict ourselves," he said. One area the the AgriTech Accelerator won't recruit from is biotech. For its first cohort, the AgriTech Accelerator will work out of the GIA's space in Des Moines' East Village, Dhawan said. A future, permanent home is still to be decided. The accelerator's program will host startups from mid-July through mid-October, ending with an event connected to the annual World Food Prize. The GIA, which the AgriTech Accelerator is based on, also ends with presentations at an industry event. The accelerator has also started lining up a mentor pool. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have agreed to provide mentors, as has Iowa State University. While the AgriTech Accelerator is loosely based off of the GIA, it will differ in its business structure, Dhawan said. The GIA runs through a for-profit model for both operations and its investment fund. The AgriTech Accelerator will have a nonprofit model for its operations and a for-profit setup for its fund. Dhawan said the nonprofit model is being used so the accelerator can better work with other nonprofit partners, such as trade associations. "These are all organizations that are nonprofits and can be amazing stakeholders without ever having to be investors in the accelerator," he said. "It becomes easier to work with trade associations in their nonprofit role when we are also a nonprofit." When it's up and running, the AgriTech Accelerator would be one of a handful of ag-focused startup development programs in Iowa. Others include the Ag Startup Engine out of Iowa State University and the Rural Ventures Alliance from Iowa MicroLoan. Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at
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