2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

Credit: AFBF 

Showcasing Business Innovations in Agriculture

The 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge was the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture businesses. Brought to you by the American Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Farm Credit, rural entrepreneurs will pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in ag technologies, business development and agribusiness, competing for $145,000 in startup funds made possible by our sponsors: Farm Credit, John DeereFarm Bureau Bank, Country Financial, Farm Bureau Financial Services and Bayer Crop Science.

The final four teams were announced Dec. 6:

The final four teams (selected from the top 10 semi-finalist teams) were awarded $15,000 and all expenses paid to compete in a live pitch competition at AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13.

The final four teams will compete to win:

  • Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000
  • People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000

Semi-finalist teams in the competition were announced Nov. 9 and were awarded $10,000:

2018 Entrepreneur of the Year: Swine Tech, Inc.


Aug. 15, 2018

Online application opens

Apply at https://vilcap.com/f/19.

Sept. 24, 2018

Online application closes

Nov. 5, 2018

Deadline for non-members to join Farm Bureau

Visit fb.org/join to learn about becoming a member

Nov. 9, 2018

Semifinalists Announced

Ten semifinalist teams announced and awarded $10,000.

Dec. 6, 2018

Final Four Announced

Final four teams (selected from the top 10 semifinalist teams) announced and awarded an additional $5,000 and all expenses paid to compete in live pitch competition.

Jan. 13, 2019

Final Four Compete

The final four teams compete at American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Farm CreditJohn Deere   Farm Bureau Bank

  Farm Bureau Financial Services Bayer

For More Information

Contact: aginnovation@fb.org

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