AgLaunch Hosts 2019 Future of Ag Field Day

On Sept. 19, 170 attendees including farmers, startup leaders, investors, regional leaders and students interested in agtech, took part in the AgLaunch Future of Ag Field Day. 

The day consisted of in-field demonstrations as well as programming on the advancements in ag technology. 

Startups demonstrating technology in the field include:  

  • Rantizo
  • EarthSense 
  • GroGuru 
  • Lepidext 
  • Mobius 
  • Persistence Data Mining 
  • Shepherd 
  • Smart Farm Systems (as part of the Digital Acre program funded in part by Wells Fargo and National Renewable Energy Laboratory's IN2 Program.)

Four demonstrations included: 

  1. There was an in-field drone spraying demonstration featuring AgLaunch portfolio company Rantizo, which became the first company in Iowa approved for drone-based agricultural agricultural spraying and has since received approval to expand into Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
  2. Also included was a demonstration of complete value-chain for hemp from new cultivars in research trials, through production scale, and processing into locally-produced CBD products. 
  3. A project highlighted is the value-Added agricultural project led by Growing Acres Farm demonstrating 12 varieties of nutrient dense, food grade sorghum researched jointly with Texas A&M. Ultimately this project will lead to new processing in the Tennessee River Valley region of Tennessee with the business plan being funded by USDA Rural Development. 
  4. An overview of new cropping systems and approaches including organic resource center at Agricenter and cover crops discussion was led by Rob Myers, Ph.D. Regional Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) for North Central Region. 

The lunch presentation was given by Gil Gonzalez, Senior Strategic Advisor at United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development focused on Regional Innovation Clusters, and comments from AgLaunch key partners including Carol Reed, Executive Director for the recently formed Tennessee Corn Promotion Council and Spencer Strensrude, VP of Investment at Ag Ventures Alliance based in Mason City, Iowa. 
Here are some Twitter highlights: