The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for its 2021 “Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge.” Launched in 2015, the event has seen start-ups founded by University of Tennessee (UT) students do well.
- In the inaugural year, a three-person team of UT students – two from the Knoxville campus and one from Martin – won the “People’s Choice Award.”
- mobius, then known as Grow Bioplastics and founded by Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle, made it to the finals in 2016.
- The next year, Alex Adams and his GeoAir start-up reached the finals.
The competition showcases U.S. start-up companies that are addressing challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. The Farm Bureau will award $145,000 in funds provided by sponsors.
The application deadline is July 31. For more information and a link to the application, click here.