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It all starts in Iowa — America's Cultivation Corridor
Where innovation, science, and technology converge to solve our global challenges.
This is a place where agriculture is celebrated, resources are abundant, and where collaboration and entrepreneurship are part of everyday life.
Iowa isn't just a state with agriculture, it’s the state for agriculture.
Iowa's farmers have invested $134 billion in one of the most advanced ag infrastructures in the nation.
Iowa is the leading producer of corn and grain products and the second highest producer of soybeans.
Iowa is the leading producer of pork and eggs in the U.S.
Innovation every day. Everywhere.
Iowa innovators continue to break down barriers and deliver unprecedented solutions that advance the world of agriculture.
Resources to get you connected in food and agtech.
Across every corner of the state, you'll find the support and collaboration needed to start up and grow your food and ag business.
Start your business.
When you start up in Iowa, you can go anywhere.
Here, there are literally thousands of agricultural businesses ranging from startups to global icons boosted by a rich infrastructure of industry and academia working for your success.
There is no ground more fertile for agricultural innovators and startups than Iowa.
Over 100 companies have been launched from the Iowa State University Startup Factory.
The 550,000-square-foot Iowa State University Research Park facility is dedicated to incubating new ventures and supporting the growth of Iowa-based companies.
(Iowa State Research Park)
Over 20 Iowa accelerators provide mentorship and funding to help innovators start up on solid ground.
Grow your business.
When you're in the business of agriculture, you need to do business here.
In the world of agriculture, Iowa is known as a place where the most recognized agricultural brands on the planet grow and thrive.
It's no surprise why so many agtech companies succeed in Iowa.
Iowa ranks second in the nation for lowest cost of doing business.
(Business Facilities, 2017)
The State of Iowa issued $58 million in refundable R&D tax credits in 2019 alone.
(Iowa Department of Revenue, 2019)
Five unique tax incentives make Iowa a smart choice for manufacturing companies.
(Iowa Economic Development Authority, 2017)
Global startups grow here.
Innovations that help feed the world have no boundaries, but in Iowa, they have a place where they can grow.
The world looks to Iowa as a leader in agtech innovation. Through Cultivo, international innovators come to Iowa to learn from and collaborate with our academic, business, and ag-production communities to help grow their startups.