Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs with food and agriculture businesses. Rural Entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
2018 FARM BUREAU CHALLENGE TOP 10 TEAMS
The final four teams, chosen from 471 applicants, were each awarded $15,000 and will advance to the next phase of the Challenge to compete for $25,000 at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Nashville. The final four teams are:
GeoAir (Knoxville, TN)
Team leads: Alexander Adams & Edward Sobek
Hawk Knob (Lewisburg, WV)
Team leads: Josh Bennett & Will Lewis
SwineTech, Inc. (Oskaloosa, IA)
Team leads: Matthew Rooda & Abraham Espinoza
Wild Valley Farms (Croydon, UT)
Team lead: Albert Wilde
Six best-in-show winners were announced and will be awarded $10,000 in startup funds in the categories below.
Best Agritourism Startup: HomeGrown HideAways Certified Kitchen (Berea, KY)
Team leads: Jessa & Nathan Turner
Best Craft Beverage Startup: Waynesville Soda Jerks (Waynesville, NC)
Team leads: Megan Brown & Chris Allen
Best Ag Technology Startup: SaleRing (Ames, IA)
Team leads: Kevin & Lilia Roepke
Best Farm-to-Table Startup: Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative (Clinton, AR)
Team leads: Levi Ross & Cody Hopkins
Best Local Product Startup: Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy (Glenfield, NY)
Team leads: Blake & Andrew Place
Best Farm Startup: Pangaea Plants Herb Farm (Lake Lure, NC)
Team lead: Gabriel Noard
Any questions? Contact Robin Kinney at RuralDevelopment@fb.org
WATCH 2018 FB CHALLENGE Top 10 event in WASHINGTON, d.c.
We announced the 2018 Challenge Top 10 teams at an event on October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC at the American Farm Bureau Federation office. We live streamed the announcement. Check out the video below.
watch 2017 FB challenge competition in phoenix