2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

Deadline - September 30, 2019

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. Prizes Ten semi-finalist teams will be announced on Nov. 5 and awarded $10,000 each. All 10 semi-finalist teams will travel to AFBF’s Annual Convention, in Austin, Texas, in January 2020, with all expenses paid, to compete in a live competition to be the Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year. The 10 teams will compete in Austin to advance to the final round where four teams will receive an additional $5,000 and compete live on stage in front of Farm Bureau members, investors and industry representatives. The final four teams will compete to win: Farm Bureau 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 Who Should Apply Entrepreneurs and startups with businesses in the following categories are encouraged to apply: -Farm, ranch, greenhouse, aquaponics -Input product or crop variety -Method or tool for growing, monitoring or harvesting crops or livestock -Production support services -Retail, agritourism or farm-to-table business -Food/beverage/textile product or ingredient -Method of production, preparation, or packaging of food/beverage/textile products or ingredients -Value-added processing including yogurts, cheese and processed meats, wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries