Farm Bureau® Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge


Apply today for the 2017 Challenge! 

Applications must be submitted online but you can review the 2017 Challenge application.

The Farm Bureau® Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. These entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 of startup funds.



  • Six semi-finalist teams win $10,000 each

  • Four finalist teams compete to win:

    • ​Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award & $30,000 (chosen by judges)

    • People's Choice award & $25,000 (chosen by public vote)

    • First runner-up prize of $15,000

    • Second runner-up prize of $15,000

  • Note: The Entrepreneur of the Year award and the People's Choice award will be awarded to two different teams. The team that wins the Entrepreneur of the Year award will not be considered for the People's Choice Award.

Competition Rounds

  • Round 1: Online Application

    • ​Participants submit applications online and judges determine the Top 10 teams, including 6 semi-finalists and 4 finalists. Four finalist continue to next round.

  • Round 2: Live Competition

    • ​Four finalists compete in a live competition in front of judges and audience at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention. 


Thank you to the Farm Bureau Bank for sponsoring the 2017 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge!