Celebrating 10 years of collaboration, innovation

America’s Cultivation Corridor marks 10 years of building momentum, elevating innovation and connecting business to leading research, capital and talent resources in Iowa.

Innovation is thriving here. Across Iowa, new ideas are driving increased productivity and sustainability in farms, communities and industries, and sparking solutions for some of the world’s most difficult challenges. 

The Corridor was founded in 2014 by a group of Iowa agricultural leaders to strengthen the state’s resources and focus on driving innovation and growth in the foodtech, agtech and bioproducts industries. Investors and partners work together to accelerate the development of new technologies, strengthen Iowa’s bioscience workforce and attract economic development, all focused on meeting the challenge of feeding a growing world population in a sustainable way.

Real-world innovation, real results 

Here are some of the advancements that have happened in the Corridor over the past decade:

  • Iowa exports of farm and agriculture products increased 47% in 10 years, totaling $14.8 billion in 2023 compared to $10.1 billion in 2013.
  • More than 9,500 patents have been awarded for Iowa-based food and agriculture innovation in the last decade.
  • Iowa State University is among the top 25 institutions in the U.S. for its research and development expenditures in engineering, agricultural sciences and natural resources conservation.