The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are providing solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $165,000 in startup funds provided by sponsors Farm Credit, Bayer Crop Science, Farm Bureau Bank, Farm Bureau Financial Services, FMC Corporation and John Deere.

Launched in 2015 as the first national competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs, the contest continues to identify the next ag entrepreneurs to watch and supports innovation essential to Farm Bureau member businesses and communities. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says, “Now, more than ever, we need creative solutions from entrepreneurs to help our farmers, ranchers and rural communities thrive.” For this eighth year of the competition, Farm Bureau is seeking entrepreneurs who are addressing either traditional or new/emerging challenges. Find application guidelines and apply at

The 2021 winners were Harvust. The Walla Walla, WA-based company designed of a software platform that helps farmers hire, train and communicated with employees.

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