Steven Brockshus (center) created Terva, an online marketplace for farmland. He is a 2017 agricultural education and life sciences graduate who developed his entrepreneurial talent with the help of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Photo credit: Kevin Kimle

Iowa State’s Agricultural Business, Entrepreneurship Programs Receive $1 Million Gift

The following is excerpted from an article originally posted on August 30, 2017 via Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University announced it has received a $1 million gift from The Underwood Family Foundation of Ames to support the college’s agricultural business and agricultural […]

Image: Kemin Industries Worldwide Headquarters located at 1900 Scott Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo courtesy of Jacob Sharp Photo.

Kemin Industries Hosts Grand Opening for Worldwide Headquarters

The following is a press release originally posted on August 29, 2017 via Kemin Industries DES MOINES, Iowa (August 29, 2017) – Today Kemin Industries employees and central Iowa community leaders will gather for a private ceremony to celebrate the official grand opening of the company’s worldwide headquarters in Des Moines. The event will feature tributes to the […]


Kemin’s expansion, a strong endorsement for Des Moines’ agribusiness park

The following is excerpted from an article originally posted in the Des Moines Register on August 27, 2017 The grand opening of Kemin Industries’ Worldwide Headquarters will mark the completion of a five-year, $125.5 million overall investment in the Des Moines community.  Located in the emerging southeast corridor near downtown, the new 94,000 square-foot building represents […]

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Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications

The following is a press release originally posted on August 29, 2017 via Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory were able to successfully manipulate the electronic structure of graphene, which may enable the fabrication of graphene transistors– faster and more reliable than existing silicon-based transistors. The researchers were able to theoretically […]


Kinosol awarded $10,000 Global Citizen Accelerator prize

The following is excerpted from a press release originally posted on August 25, 2017 Kinosol, an Ames-based company working to reduce global food waste, will be awarded $10,000 for their social entrepreneurial efforts. The award is to be presented at Cadillac House in New York City by Global Citizen, a social action platform for a global […]

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Willett announces departure for new opportunity

The following press release was distributed on August 24, 2017 via Iowa Health Care Association West Des Moines, IA. – The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) today announced the selection of Brent Willett as the new IHCA President and CEO. Willett will succeed current President and CEO Steve Ackerson who has served as the association’s leader […]


Sep 20: Advanced Manufacturing Conference

The 2017 Advanced Manufacturing Conference will be more valuable to your business than ever.  Connect with colleagues and engage experts at the industry’s only statewide conference. Date: September 20, 2017 Time: 8:00 AM – 2:15 PM Location: Prairie Meadows Event and Conference Center | 1 Prairie Meadows Drive | Altoona Register:


Sep 19: Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, will recognize outstanding leaders in manufacturing at its Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner.   This event is an opportunity to recognize great leaders in Iowa manufacturing and showcase what manufacturing has meant to the state of Iowa. Date: September 19, 2017 Time: 4:30 PM Location: […]

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DuPont Acquires Granular Ag Software Company

    Granular also enters an agreement with John Deere The following is excerpted from a press release originally posted on August 9, 2017 via DuPont announced plans to acquire San Francisco-based Granular, Inc., a leading provider of software and analytics tools that help farms improve efficiency, profitability and sustainability. The transaction is subject […]

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Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Awards Luncheon Slated for November 14

The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Business Record will host the 2017 Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Awards on Tuesday, November 14, where honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon. The Celebrate Business Awards promote the Greater Des Moines business community by publicly acknowledging innovative and enduring business initiatives that contribute to Des Moines […]