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Leading the Way with Agricultural Innovation
Indiana Ag Connection - 09/15/2023

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role in Farm Bureau is the chance to see, firsthand, how farmers and ranchers across the country are developing and implementing new innovative solutions as we work together to feed, fuel and clothe the world. These solutions are the driving force behind the resilience of American agriculture, and it’s important to recognize and celebrate the agricultural businesses that help get us there. Just as the businesses in our communities rely on us, we must also rely on them, working hand-in-hand toward one common mission.

That is why nearly a decade ago, Farm Bureau created the Ag Innovation Challenge, a national business competition that showcases startups and their innovative solutions to meet challenges on the farm. Launched in 2014, this competition was the first of its kind to focus on rural entrepreneurs. Now, thanks to a strategic partnership with Farm Credit and the support of our sponsors, we’ve been able to invest more than $1.3 million in ag businesses over the past 10 years.

This week we announced the top 10 teams in the 2024 Ag Innovation Challenge. They represent various regions of the country and will now advance in the Challenge, with $10,000 each to invest in their businesses. Each of these businesses focuses on helping farmers and ranchers solve the challenges we’re facing both today and tomorrow.

Many of the companies selected this year are working toward advancements in farm safety and efficiency. For instance, in Iowa, Appanoose Manufactured Products found a solution to reduce on-the-farm fires by designing a portable device that provides on-the-ground fire suppression resources. In Nebraska, Idem Irrigation is developing a precision irrigation system for targeted water, fertilizer and pesticide delivery to improve water management. In California, UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture has designed a drone system for precise aerial releases of beneficial insects and mites to combat harmful pests.


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