$6 Million USDA Funding Available for Sustainable Biofuels and Biomaterials Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 5, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced up to $6 million in available funding for research to support the next generation of sustainable biofuels and biomaterials. Funding is made through USDA’s Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI), a joint initiative with the Department […]

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Iowa AgriTech Accelerator seeks applicants for 2017 cohort

This article was originally published May 16, 2017 at Silicon Prairie News By Christine McGuigan The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is seeking early-stage companies with an idea, intellectual property or prototype for agricultural innovation to participate in their inaugural cohort beginning on July 10 in Des Moines, Iowa. “We’re excited about the interest we’ve received throughout the AgTech community,” […]


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The global populist rise is a bigger global shift than 9/11.  Economic development must reinvent itself or wither away. Brent Willett You’ve probably thought to yourself at some point that it seems like the world gets more complicated every time you open the newspaper.  You’re not wrong; science, it turns out, agrees with you.  In […]


John Swart Named Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leader of the Year

Ted Crosbie Also Honored Posthumously for Contributions to State And Industry DES MOINES – March 22nd, 2017 – Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka and Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett announced Dr. John Swart, founder and CEO of Exemplar Genetics, as the Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leadership Award recipient at this year’s […]

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REG surpasses two billion gallons in biomass-based diesel production, announces other milestones

Ames-based Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) has reached a number of milestones including selling more than two billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel. It took the company just 33 months to reach their second billion sales milestone after marking the company’s first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales after nearly an 18-year span. REG […]

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Kemin renews public-private World Food Programme partnership

The following press release was distributed January 31 Des Moines, Iowa  – Kemin Industries announced it has renewed a multi-year agreement to continue as a corporate partner with The World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP programs reach some 80 million people in 80 countries each year with food assistance in […]

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Corridor Board Member Dan Culhane Named One Of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers are Back In A New Way: Consultant Connect Announces Leaders In The Industry This press release was distributed on January 24. Contact: Carla Winchester Managing Partner, Consultant Connect (269) 207-4982 Kalamazoo, Michigan – Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site […]


CIRAS wins MEP contract renewal: Iowa manufacturers to benefit from services

Posted on January 13 AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) was awarded a five-year renewal in a state-wide competition as Iowa’s affiliate of the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturers Extension Partnership (MEP). MEP is a nationwide network of centers located in all 50 states and Puerto […]

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Blog by Willett – Ag Technology now, here

The following was written by Brent Willett, executive director of the Cultivation Corridor, and featured in the Business Record’s Business Professionals’ Blogs. Read the original article at Central Iowa is a natural hub for one of agriculture’s most innovative sectors, but that’s no guarantee Iowa’s agriculture innovation ecosystem received an important upgrade in May this year […]

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Iowa Leaders Ask For New RFS Standards

By: Audrey Regan, Communications Intern Last April, we celebrated the passing of the Biochemical Tax Program Bill signed by Governor Branstad. Thanks to the contributions of many groups and individuals in Iowa, $10 million in tax credits will be distributed annually to support the rapidly growing biorenewable chemical industry. There are many variables that are positively […]