AgLaunch February 2019 Newsletter


We have already had a busy 2019. We’re supporting three companies in the AgLaunch365 Phase II program and preparing to hit the fields in Tennessee with new technologies and value-added projects through our expanded farmer network trials made possible by our partnership with Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

We were proud to support and sponsor some great events as part of the collective effort of AgLaunch and our partners to provide greater coordination of deal flow, capital, and farmer access across the United States. It was fantastic to support Farm Credit Services’s AgTech Innovation Showcase held at the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines, IA, and we also love the AgPitch model pioneered at Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit in which a diverse group of partners are innovating in agriculture. There is a great video here to learn more.
The next regional agricultural innovation event will be the AgLaunch Startup Station at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis on March 1 with a pre-event reception on February 28 sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.
The next events we also participating in with our agricultural innovation regional partners are:
  • Our partner Ag Ventures Alliance has invited me to speak on March 21 at their Annual Meeting in Mason City, IA on farm-centric innovation and ways we can expand our collaboration between Tennessee and Iowa.
  • We will participate as a panelist and speaker at the New Uses Forum 2019: Accelerating Ag Innovation and Investment in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on March 27-28 coordinated by Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, Georgetown’s Rural Opportunity Initiative, and Compeer.
The most important things we have done this winter have been meeting with our farmers in Tennessee and surrounding regions. We have onboarded new farmers as members of the farmer network, and laid out objectives for expanding the network of trials and startup collaborations for 2019, continuing to ramp up working with Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Finally we are excited that iSelect’s Davos on the Delta conference is returning to Memphis on May 14-15 as part of the Memphis in May BBQ Fest activities. This event will bring hundreds of thought leaders from across the globe to Tennessee and the Delta region to talk about the agricultural value-chains of the future.

Thank you to Agricenter International, Innova Memphis, and Farm Journal Media for all you do to support AgLaunch and most importantly the investors, startup companies and farmers that we are facilitating.


Pete Nelson
Executive Director
AgLaunch Initiative

AgLaunch is proud to be a marketing partner with the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. The Summit is headed back to the west coast this March. It is a great chance to share ideas and network with the most senior audience of agribusiness leaders, technology innovators and investors. They’re primed to discuss agtech breakthroughs and opportunities for partnership and collaboration, from genomics to soil health, precision ag to AI. Secure your place now for World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on March 19-20 and take advantage of our discount code AGL400 to save $400 on a delegate pass.


Michael Ott, founder of Rantizo, won the Ag Tech Innovation Showcase at the Iowa Power Farming Show coordinated by Farm Credit Services of America in Des Moines, IA. Working with our partners in the midwest is improving access of Tennessee farmers to the latest technologies such as Rantizo which is addressing spray drift and herbicide resistant weeds, while mobilizing more investment capital for farmer-centric innovation.

Spencer Stensrude with Ag Ventures Alliance addresses the Farmer Network at the Winter Meeting.

Dr. Bruce Kirksey from Agricenter International works with AgLaunch365 Phase II teams on designing effective field trials.

AgLaunch Executive Director Pete Nelson and newly-appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher at the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association Annual Meeting in Murfreesboro, TN.

Mark Keenum, Ph.D., President of Mississippi State University and current Chair of the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research Board welcomes attendees to the evening session on ecosystem markets at the Foster the Future event in Washington, D.C.


Upcoming Events

March 1-2, 2019
Mid-South Farm and Gin Show
Memphis, TN
March 19-20, 2019
World Agritech Innovation Summit
San Francisco, CA
March 19-20, 2019
Invest Midwest Venture Capital Forum
Kansas City, KS
March 27-28, 2019
New Uses Forum
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
May 14-15, 2019
Davos on the Delta
Memphis, TN
May 15-16, 2019
Memphis, TN
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