2015 Winners & Judges

American Farm Bureau kicked off the first Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2015. The Challenge was created in partnership with Georgetown University. We had a total of 95 applications submitted by rural entrepreneurs nationwide. We awarded $85,000 in startup funds to 4 rural entrepreneurs.

Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner

ScoutPro, Inc. - $30,000 prize
Michael Koenig & Stuart McCulloh
Lone Tree, Iowa

People's Choice Award winner

Pasturebird LLC - $25,000 prize
Paul Greive & Jeff McDaniel
Temecula, California

Finalist Runner-Up

Golden Bridges - $15,000 prize
Suzanne Ellerbrock & Nancy Waters
Palmyra, Missouri

Finalist Runner-Up

Pulaski Grow - $15,000 prize
Lee Spiegel
Pulaski, Virginia


Amy Gales

Executive Vice President, 
Regional Agribusiness Banking Group

Dr. Ron Hustedde

Director, Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute
University of Kentucky


Dr. Rob LeClerc

Co-Founder & CEO

Mark Rockefeller

CEO & Co-Founder