12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 20:55
'It's an honor to recognize these four outstanding rural businesses for advancing in the Ag Innovation Challenge,' said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. '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 four finalist teams were awarded $15,000 each. They are:
AgHelp Corp., Belding, Michigan. Team lead: Feliciano Paredes
Elite OviGen Inc., Beverly Hills, Florida. Team lead: Anette Skoog
FarmlandFinder, Ames, Iowa. Team lead: Steven Brockshus
Glean LLC, Farmville, North Carolina. Team lead: Laura Hearn
The final four teams (selected from the 10 semi-finalist teams) have all expenses paid to compete in a live pitch competition at AFBF's 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13. The final four teams will compete to win:
Startup funds for the 2019 Ag Innovation Challenge are provided by sponsors Farm Credit, John Deere, Bayer Crop Science, Country Financial, Farm Bureau Financial Services and Farm Bureau Bank. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture. This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture businesses.