Tractor Zoom completes $1 million seed investment round

The following article was previously published on September 4, 2018 via Clay and Milk. By Jake Slobe Tractor Zoom, an online marketplace that connects farm equipment auctioneers and buyers, has completed a $1 million seed investment round Innova Memphis participated in the round, alongside investments from Ag Startup Engine and a small group of angel investors and individuals that […]


Kent Corporation Opens Innovation Center at ISU Research Park

The following press release was first published on September 3, 2018 via Kent Corporation.  MUSCATINE, Iowa (September 3, 2018) – Kent Corporation has opened the Kent Innovation Center on the Research Park campus of Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa. Kent Corporation is a recognized innovation leader in the ever-changing world of agriculture, food, feed, and […]

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Driverless tractor technology debuts at Farm Progress Show

The following article was previously published on August 29, 2018 via  Business Record. By Kate Hayden Driverless cars may take over most of the national headlines these days, but an Iowa software company is betting that autonomous vehicles can make a much larger impact off the highways and in the fields. Ames-based Smart Ag debuted its […]


Innovation Grows Here

By Billi Hunt, Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor As tens of thousands of farmers and ag industry professionals gather to see the latest advancements in agriculture technology at the 2018 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, this week, it makes me think about what it takes for those technologies and innovations to go from […]

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“Why I Returned Home” with Sukup Manufacturing’s External Relations Manager Rachel Geilenfeld

By Tia Snyder, Sales and Communications Intern,   Rachel Geilenfeld JD, MBA, Clear Lake native and Ames resident   Geilenfeld, a Clear Lake native, has an impressive collegiate history with experience in state healthcare and political campaigns under her belt. She completed her political science undergraduate at Iowa State University and her law degree […]


Board Action: Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Support 90 New Jobs and Close to $30 Million in Capital Investment in Iowa

The following press release was previously published on August 17, 2018 via Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information contact: Jacque Matsen, Iowa Economic Development Authority Phone:  515.348.6245 Email: Economic Development Board approves awards to support 90 new jobs and close to $30 million in capital investment in Iowa August 17, 2018 (DES MOINES, IA) […]


Enter the 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The following press release was previously published on August 14, 2018 via Farm Bureau News. Showcasing Business Innovations in Agriculture The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is accepting applications for the 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture […]


Ames High School ranked No. 1 high school in state

The following article was previously published on January 3, 2018 via the Ames Tribune. By Caitlin Ware Ames High School was recently named the best public high school in the state for a sixth time. For the past five years, Ames High has been ranked the No. 1 public high school in Iowa by Niche, a […]

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The Best American Cities to Work in Tech in 2018

The following article was previously published on August 9, 2018 via SmartAsset.  By Derek Miller Tech jobs are some of the hottest in the country. And the increasingly available opportunities to work in tech deliver high salaries, to boot. But because some of the traditional tech hubs are clustered in the cities with the highest cost […]


Why the Next Great Startup Will Come From Des Moines

The following article was previously published on August 8, 2018 via Inc. magazine.  By Jeff Barrett The capitol of Iowa has capital, access and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Most cities aren’t leaders in a specific industry. Des Moines is a leader in both agriculture and insurance. That second one you might not have expected. But Des Moines will […]