Silicon Valley is betting on one Iowa town’s efforts to bring tech jobs to rural America

The following article was initially posted on Dec. 8, 2018 via the Des Moines Register. By Donelle Eller Silicon Valley leaders are joining Pillar Technology’s initiative to help provide intensive training for students in Jefferson, Iowa, a town of 4,200. Participants could land tech jobs paying $65,000. Microsoft’s Kevin Scott understands the limits teenagers face growing up […]


The 7 technologies that will make farming smarter–and more productive

The following article was initially published on Dec. 4, 2018 via Fast Company. With 3 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, can ag-tech innovation create a more plentiful, efficient, sustainable, and resilient food system? By Shana Lynch Today’s technology is rushing into one of the last traditional industries: agriculture. A field largely still unaffected […]


A Century Strong. Celebrating 100 Years of Iowa Farm Bureau

This week, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is celebrating 100 years of serving the state of Iowa and its farm families. Over the past century, the Farm Bureau has been at the forefront of innovation to develop the next generation of leaders for our state, and to deliver a safe, affordable food supply. In fact, […]


Beyond The Farm: A Look At The Wide World Of Ag Degrees

The following article was initially published on Nov. 27, 2018 via KUNC. By Madelyn Beck Fields, crops and farm animals are part of the agriculture-industry landscape, but an increasingly small one. The number of farm and ranch managers shrunk by about 20 percent between 1996 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. At […]

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University President

Entrepreneurship among top priorities for ISU President Wendy Wintersteen

The following article was initially posted on Nov. 21, 2018 via Clay & Milk. By Jake Slobe In 2017, Wendy Wintersteen became Iowa State University’s 16th president and the first woman to ever hold the position. Since then, Wintersteen has made creating and supporting a strong entrepreneurial culture a top priority throughout the university. “Since Iowa […]


Ag Startup Engine Portfolio Companies Reach Milestone: Raising Over $10 Million Combined in Follow-On Investments

The following release was initially published on Nov. 13, 2018 via The Ag Startup Engine. AMES, Iowa, November 13, 2018 – Ag Startup Engine (ASE), located within the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park, announced that the seven agricultural startups in their portfolio of companies collectively raised over ten million dollars in follow-on investments. A milestone […]


Agricultural Entrepreneur Week Set to Celebrate and Inspire Iowa Innovation

By Tia Snyder, In America’s Cultivation Corridor, the next generation of Iowa State entrepreneurs are creating cutting-edge ideas that will impact the nation’s agriculture and food supply for years to come. The organization helping these future leaders garner success? The university’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative (AgEI). Founded in 2005, the program expands on the ag […]


Des Moines- One of the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.

The following article was initially published on Aug. 8, 2018 by Conde Nast Traveler. By CNT Editors That Southern hospitality is no joke. Over the last six years, we’ve asked our readers to rate a city’s “friendliness” in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local […]

Global Business Development Manager Jaci Robson, for the Worldwide Technology Acquisitions Team at Kemin Industries

The Cultivation Corridor asks Jaci Robson, “Why Iowa?”

This is an installment in the “Why Iowa?” series highlighting individuals in America’s Cultivation Corridor with unique journeys Family brought Jaci Robson to Iowa from Manchester, United Kingdom.  After years of living and working in large cities, she’s found a great fit with a top-notch quality of life in Central Iowa and global responsibilities in […]