The first Ag Innovation Quick Pitch competition was held at the Nebraska Power Farming Show on Wednesday afternoon. Six agriculture startup companies competed for up to $25,000 in prize money.
The start-up companies competing were:
ChorChek: Changes the way livestock producers manage their daily tasks by streamlining processes and data collection.
FarmAfield: Low-cost ag investment platform where ag commodities can be bought and sold.
Farmland Finder: Makes farmland information more accessible through an online search engine and marketplace for ag real estate.
HitchPin: Connects farmers who need services or products to others that can provide them.
Quantified AG: Leverages data analytics to report on cattle behavior and biometrics with a smart cattle ear tag.
Tillable: A marketplace for connecting landowners and growers.
ChorChek, founded by Nebraska pig farmer Lukas Fricke, took home the overall $20,000 prize.
Learn more about ChorChek in this interview with the Rural Radio Network:
Trevor McKeeman, the founder and CEO of Hitchpin, received $5,000 for willing the popular vote in the People’s Choice category:
Learn about how the company connects farmers who need services or products to others that can provide them:
The Ag Innovation Pitch Competition was presented by Farm Credit Services in collaboration with CoBank, Farm Credit Leasing, Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Innovation Campus and Rain and Hail.