Innovation Profiles

Innovation is the reason we are a recognized world leader in ag. Every day the stories and triumphs of Iowa innovators inspire new generations of ag leaders.

Dr. Todd Krone

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Iowa Startup Takes Revolutionary Approach to Plant Pollination

PowerPollen developed a first-of-its-kind scalable technology to successfully collect corn pollen, preserve it, and then apply it at the proper time to overcome the inefficiencies of natural processes.

ISU students and instructor inspecting meat

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Meats Laboratory at Iowa State is Essential to Modern Animal Science

The Meat Science program began in the early 1900s to provide education to farmers butchering their own livestock.

Michael Ott, Rantizo

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Rantizo Expands Uses of Drones in Agriculture

Rantizo has developed a unique drone technology that delivers targeted spraying for a variety of agricultural applications.

Dr. Martin Gross

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Iowa-based Startup Uses Algae to Remove Pollutants from Wastewater

As regulations and standards for water quality become more stringent across the country, cities are looking for new options to treat water more efficiently, sustainably, and cost-effectively than ever before.

Dan Cosgrove, Growers Edge

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Iowa-based Company Bringing Financial Technology Solutions to Farmers

The company was founded in 2017 with an initial focus on crop insurance, however in 2019 began a pivot toward the warranty-backed crop plans.

FarmHer Marji Alaniz

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FarmHer Features Women in Agriculture

She began with a photo series featuring 8 women from Iowa working on their farms.