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Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Chooses Class of 2017

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, based in Des Moines, Iowa, recently introduced the six start-ups chosen for its 2017 class. This year’s class, which will be the first group to go through the 100-day program, will receive mentoring and engage with ag innovators in the region. In addition, each start-up will receive $40,000 in seed funding.

Here are the six start-ups:

Rabbit Tractors. Founded by Zack James of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rabbit Tractors produces miniature farm equipment.

• WISRAN. Based in Sunnyvale, California, WISRAN’s Justin Durdan and Arsalan Lodhi are developing a software as a service platform to increase the efficiency of a farming operation. Initially, the start-up will target improving worker productivity and ag machinery logistics.

Phenomics Labs. Ed Kepler, Burnsville, Minnesota, has created portable growing labs equipped with inexpensive data-collection sensors and cameras that test and capture results from experiments.

• FarrPro. Founder Amos Petersen, who is from Iowa City, Iowa, has created efficient and effective piglet heating solutions.

Hintech. Based in St. Joseph, Missouri, Ted Hinton has developed a cornstalk remover and crusher for use by farmers who practice no-till farming.

• Pyur Solutions. Nandeet Mehta is leading Pyur Solutions start-up from Los Angeles, California. Mehta has developed a variety of nontoxic, biodegradable, plant-based pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides for use in agriculture and at home.

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