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Iowa Startups of 2018

The following article was initially posted on Dec. 21, 2018 via Silicon Prairie News.  Since the beginning of 2016, more than 150 Iowa companies have received a venture investment according to Pitchbook – totaling more than $100 million in venture activity in the state. Surprisingly, the Iowa City region has received more $1 million+ investments […]


Best States for Pre-K – 12, Iowa No. 8

The following article was initially posted on on Aug. 2, 2018 via U.S. News. Best States for Pre-K – 12 Half the weighting in evaluating education goes to pre-K through 12th grade. Overall, the generation progressing through school now is the most educated ever. In the 2016 Census, the source of this data, almost 90 […]


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 […]

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U.S. News: Des Moines ranked 4th best place to live

U.S. News and World Report ranked Des Moines the fourth best place to live in the nation according to an April 10, 2018 release. The annual rankings are based on an analysis of public data from sources such as the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Labor, and user opinions. […]

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Feed Energy Announces 2018 “Excellence in Ag” Scholarships

Feed Energy announced the 2018 ‘Excellence in Ag’ Scholarship enrollment period is now open and will run through May 7.  This marks the seventh year Feed Energy has offered support for students at Midwestern colleges and universities in the field of agriculture. Eligible applicants must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in an agriculture-related […]

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Sukup’s Grain Reclaimer Featured in ASABE’s Magazine

Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s new Sweep Wheel Grain Reclaimer was featured in the January/February special issue of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers’ (ASABE) magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World. The patent-pending device, which reduces the amount of grain left behind a bin sweep wheel by more than 80 percent, was listed by ASABE as among […]


BIO Selects Des Moines as Venue for the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

The following press release was originally posted on February 26, 2018 via Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Washington, D.C. (Feb. 26, 2018) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced the selection of Des Moines, Iowa, as the location for the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The event will be held July 8-11, 2019 […]


Deere & Co proposes $32.6 million facility expansion in Urbandale

The following is an expert from a Des Moines Register article originally posted on November 17, 2017 Deere & Co. is looking to build a $32.6 million facility in Urbandale to house its intelligent solutions group. Currently, Deere’s intelligent solutions group employs 343 workers in leased space in Urbandale, including software developers, systems engineers and product testers. The new […]


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 […]