Scientists and engineers inside the Cultivation Corridor are developing new agtechnology to aid in planting, monitoring and harvesting crops as the world braces for a critical time in which less land is required to feed more people.
The companies and research institutions that make up central Iowa’s technology industry are furthering the limits of modern farm production by developing and testing a new generation of ag-related products and services. Backed by a highly specialized advanced manufacturing industry and top-tier university programs for computer science and engineering, Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor is focusing the efforts of more than 76,000 local technology professionals to address ag production needs on a global scale. Their work is placing the Cultivation Corridor at the head of a new, ag-centric tech revolution that is helping to feed a growing world.
Iowa ranks second in patent activity in the nation with 3.06 patents issued per 1,000 residents.
Iowa is experiencing the nation’s most rapid increase in industrial R&D expenditures, at 52% from 2009 to 2011.
Iowa’s farmers have invested $134 billion in one of the most advanced ag infrastructures in the nation.
The State of Iowa issued $51 million in refundable R&D tax credits in 2014 alone.
Pioneering companies and productive, hardworking farmers have enabled Iowa to lead the nation in the production of corn, soybeans, pork, eggs, ethanol, and biodiesel. Innovative Iowa companies are making a difference, from feeding a growing world population to reducing our nation’s dependency on foreign oil.
— Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa
John Deere’s Urbandale, Iowa, operation specializes in creating advanced products and software that maximize grower output.
Ag Leader’s precision software helps farmers increase yield with custom reports and visualizations of factors affecting crop growth.