Billi Hunt, Executive Director at America’s Cultivation Corridor

By Billi Hunt,

What an incredible week!!  With more than 900 people from 36 countries representing more than 500 companies, universities and organizations together in America’s Cultivation Corridor, the future of ag biotech and industrial bioscience has never looked brighter.  We knew that hosting the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Ag Tech would be a great opportunity to showcase the accomplishments and potential for our state, but it has far exceeded our expectations.

As I look back on a busy week, a few highlights included:

  • The Start-Up Stadium was a huge success! We heard firsthand from entrepreneurs and researchers from Iowa and around the world about the innovations and technologies that will change the world.  We will anxiously await the announcement of the winner in two weeks.
  • Attendees saw the innovation, infrastructure and potential of Iowa during the Iowa Bioeconomy Site Tours at Iowa State University, Bayer, Corteva Agriscience, REG and Cargill
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack was recognized with the George Washington Carver award for his efforts in promoting and advancing the industry
  • Conference speakers were inspiring and provided insight on pressing topics within bioscience. Speakers from around the globe touched on acting on opportunities, increasing efficiency and productivity and utilizing resources for a more sustainable future

BIO World Congress shed a spotlight on innovators and entrepreneurs-giving them the opportunity to be on a worldwide stage. WHO-TV published a news story about the BIO World Congress, featuring several presenters from the Start-Up Stadium. In addition, a column in the Des Moines Register by Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig highlights the conference’s celebration of innovation in Iowa agriculture.

A huge thank you to everyone for making BIO World Congress in Des Moines possible – Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Iowa Biotech Association and Iowa Economic Development Authority for your leadership – and to everyone who attended.  Your ideas, innovations and enthusiasm for producing more food in a more sustainable way are always welcome in America’s Cultivation Corridor.



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