Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

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Strengthening Rural Businesses

The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. These business owners compete for $145,000 of startup funds. 

Meet the 2017 Challenge Finalists

2017 Finalists: GrainGoat (NE), Grow Bioplastics (TN), Levrack (NE), and Vertical Harvest Hydroponics (AK) 

Check out more of the 2017 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge participants on the Challenge Showcase

Who is eligible to apply? 

Business idea must be for a food or agriculture business. Ideas can include, but are not limited to: 

  •  Ag technologies
  • Agritourism
  • CSAs, farmers market, food stands, food hubs
  • Farms, ranches, greenhouses, managed forests, aquaponics, cut flowers, herbs, honey, landscape plants
  • Farm-to-table businesses
  • Support services, including scouting, equipment repair, fertilizer sales
  • Value-added processing, including yogurts, cheese, processed meats
  • Wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries

Businesses must be a for-profit company. A for-profit business is defined as an organization that exists primarily to generate a profit, that is, to take in more money than it spends.

Applicant must be a current Farm Bureau member. You can join Farm Bureau to become eligible to participate in the Challenge. 

Applicant must be at least 18 years of age. 

Who is not eligible to apply? 

Farm Bureau staff at the county, state or national level or one of Farm Bureau's affiliate companies, such as AAIC or Farm Bureau Bank, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Spouses and family members living in the same household of the Farm Bureau staff member or staff member of Farm Bureau affiliated companies are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. 

For More Information

Contact: lisab@fb.org

Thank you to Farm Credit and Farm Bureau Bank for sponsoring the 2017 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. 

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