2018 Timeline

The application period has closed for the 2018 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. We hope to offer this competition again next year. We plan to follow a similar timeline to the 2018 competition and accept applications during May and June.

  • May 1, 2017: Online application opens
  • June 30, 2017: Online application closes
  • July - Aug 2017: Judges review applications
  • October 23, 2017: Judges announce Top Ten teams in Washington, DC
    • ​Four finalist teams ($15,000 each)
    • Best Farm Startup ($10,000)
    • Best Local Product Startup ($10,000)
    • Best Agritourism Startup ($10,000)
    • Best Farm-to-Table Startup ($10,000)
    • Best Ag Tech & Support Service Startup ($10,000)
    • Best Craft Beverage Startup ($10,000)
  • January 7, 2018: Four finalists compete at American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, TN
    • ​Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year winner ($15,000)
    • People's Choice winner ($10,000)

For more information, contact Robin Kinney at RuralDevelopment@fb.org

Confidentiality of Applications

  • All judges have to sign a non-disclosure form that protects the intellectual property contained in the Challenge applications.

Terms and Conditions

When individuals apply to the FB Challenge, they agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions of the competition. Review the Terms and Conditions