The first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs, the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the marquee event of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Booming interest in entrepreneurship has led many people to think that entrepreneurship is synonymous with Silicon Valley. This Challenge instead highlights entrepreneurship and innovation from the heartland of Rural America.
Congratulations to the Four Finalists!
Pasturebird, LLC (Temecula, California), a cost-effective method of producing pastured poultry on a large scale. Team lead: Paul Greive
Pulaski Grow (Pulaski, Va.), an aquaponics facility to provide local youth with job training. Team lead: Lee Spiegel
ScoutPro (Lone Tree, Iowa), software to assist farmers with crop maintenance. Team lead: Michael Koenig
Senior Move Management (Palmyra, Mo.), customized moving and relocation services for older Americans. Team lead: Suzanne Ellerbrock
For more information about the finalists and the next step of the challenge, see the official press release.