Past Winners

2017 Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year
Vertical Harvest Hydroponics ($30,000 prize)
Linda Janes & Dan Perpich
Anchorage, Alaska

2017 People's Choice winner
Levrack ($25,000 prize)
Ryan Stauffer & Austin Stauffer
Seward, Nebraska

2017 Finalist
Grow Bioplastics ($15,000 prize)
Tony Bova & Jeff Beegle
Knoxville, Tennessee

2017 Finalist
Windcall Manufacturing, Inc. with GrainGoat ($15,000 prize)
Martin Bremmer & Patritica Bremmer
Venango, Nebraska

2017 Semi-Finalist
Demeter, Inc. ($10,000 prize)
Dr. Terry Hofecker & Bruce Kane
Irwon, Ohio

2017 Semi-Finalist
Farmzie ($10,000 prize)
Griffe Youngleson & Tim Will
Raleigh, North Carolina

2017 Semi-Finalist
Gardens 4 Education ($10,000 prize)
Jeannie Williams
Hanford, California

2017 Semi-Finalist
Inland Sea ($10,000 prize)
Jackson Kimle
Ames, Iowa

2017 Semi-Finalist
Lowcountry Street Grocery ($10,000 prize)
Lindsey Barrow, Jr. & Kate DeWitt
Charleston, South Carolina

2017 Semi-Finalist
Performance Livestock Analytics ($10,000 prize)
Dustin Balsley & Dane Kuper
Osage, Iowa

Judges

Dave Dornbirer
Vice President
Public/Private Partnerships
CoBank

Justin Renfro
Program Manager
Kiva.org

Dr. Ed Rister
Professor & Associate Department Head
Department of Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University

Nathan Tacha
Vice President
Commerical Information Officer
Bank of America