Nebraska Startup Grain Weevil Corporation Wins Ag Innovation Challenge

News / Newsline January 10, 2022

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The American Farm Bureau Federation announced the winner of the eighth Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Monday. Micheal Clements shares more on the grain bin management solution. 

Clements: American Farm Bureau announced Grain Weevil Corporation as the 2022 winner of the Ag Innovation Challenge during its 103rd Convention Monday. Grain Weevil is a grain bin management robot that improves quality and eliminates the need for farmers to enter grain bins. CEO Chad Johnson from Nebraska says the contest was a great learning experience.

Johnson: It's a really good chance for us to tell our story, but learn about how to tell your story and about how to ask questions and about how to communicate with experts that are here at the Farm Bureau convention, as they know way more about what we're doing than we do. So, it's really about how we can share our message and learn from that process.

Clements: Grain Weevil Corporation received $50,000 in prize money to help grow the business.

Johnson: The most important part of all of this is the connections that we're making, people that see the mission that we're on and willing to help us. We earmark that prize money for our intrinsically safe certification process. We have to make sure that robot can operate in a dust environment. So, we're excited to use that to make sure our robot is safe.

Clements: Johnson thanked Farm Bureau and its sponsors, Farm Credit, Bayer Crop Science, John Deere, Farm Bureau Bank and Microsoft, for hosting the contest.

Johnson: It’s super exciting that they provide opportunities like this for startups, allows us to connect to future customers, it allows us to connect to people that can really help us bring this product to market, and we can't thank the sponsors and Farm Bureau enough for giving us this opportunity.

Clements: Birds Eye Robotics was named runner-up in the contest and received $20,000. Caravan Tech LLC, a top 10 semi-finalist, won the People’s Choice Award, which is decided by public vote, and received $5,000 in additional prize money. Learn more at fb.org. Micheal Clements, Atlanta, Georgia.

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