Wall of Fame

Featured here are Iowa State University alumni businesses.

640 Labs

640 Labs is a precision farming platform that collects, analyzes and distributes data, effectively optimizing farming operations. 640 Labs were the founders of what's now referred to as the FieldView Drive.

Founder(s): Craig Rupp, Corbett Kull
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

AA Commodities & Investments

AA Commodities and Investments is a commodity brokerage that aides farmers in managing price risk. They provide a daily Morning Market Update newsletter that spotlights recent market news as well as fundamental data. (Trading in futures products entails significant risks of loss)

Founder(s): Patrick White
Current State of Business: Operational

AgriPeril Risk Management

AgriPeril provides personalized risk management and marketing strategies for farmers and their operations.

Founder(s): Reed Burres
Current State of Business: Operational


AgroGraph delivers accurate and timely information on crop yields and other agricultural production information by combining satellite observations, weather data and machine learning algorithms into field-scale forecasts.

Founder(s): Mutlu Ozdogan, James O'Brien
Current State of Business: Operational

Alliance Technology Group

Alliance Technologies Group is a company that provides high performance signal-processing solutions for wireless manufacturing.

Founder(s): Craig Rupp
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Ascension Ag

Elevating livestock biosecurity through the advancement and simplification of innovative product solutions.

Founder(s): Jeb Gent, William Underwood
Current State of Business: Operational

Baitinger Consulting

Baitinger helps clients manage and enhance their internal customer data while also creating targeted prospect lists.

Founder(s): Joe Baitinger
Current State of Business: Operational

Becker Underwood

Becker Underwood was a chemical company that made a colorant to use in Round Up to allow farmers to see where they applied the product. The company grew to provide other specialty colorant products to the Ag, Turf and Golf, Forestry, Aquatics and other specialty markets.

Founder(s): Roger Underwood, Jeff Becker
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Bessie's Parlor

Bessie's Parlor hosts quarterly ice cream socials to promote social justice initiatives.

Founder(s): Rebecca Runyon
Current State of Business: Operational

Big Cobb Enterprises, LLC

Big Cobb Enterprises, LLC is a custom hauling business based in southern Minnesota specializing in manure transport. With 3 offload manure tankers we are able to transport manure to fields farther from the barns more efficiently, helping farmers spread excess fertilizer to fields farther away.

Founder(s): Andrew Albrecht
Current State of Business: Operational

Cambridge Technologies

Cambridge Technologies is an independent owner-operated custom vaccine company working with veterinarians and livestock producers to provide solutions to animal health problems. Diagnostic services include: Metagenomics, Sequencing, PCR, Culture & Sensitivity, Serology and Histopathology testing.

Founder(s): Wayne Freese
Current State of Business: Operational


ChopLocal is an online marketplace that makes it easy for farmers and butchers to connect with modern meateaters. We simplify the process from farm-to-fork, support small businesses, and provide the best-tasting meat around.

Founder(s): Jared Achen, Katie Olthoff
Current State of Business: Operational

Cimtechnologies Corporation

Industrial Engineering Software

Founder(s): Dave Sly
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Continuum Ag

Continuum Ag provides soil health consulting to farmers and agricultural companies, around the world, by quantifying and improving soil health. With improved soils, agriculturalists can fit into sustainable ag markets, improve land valuations, improve environmental impact, and boost on-farm profit!

Founder(s): Mitchell Hora
Current State of Business: Operational

Decision Commodities, LLC

Automated commodity contract pricing models and trading.

Founder(s): Kevin Kimle
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Deja Brew

DejaBrew is a small town coffee shop with all of the offerings of a big city owned by Colin and Liz Hoppe. DejaBrew offers gourmet coffee drinks, smoothies, baked goods and full lunch menu. They focus on excellent, personalized customer service to go with every order.

Founder(s): Elizabeth Hoppe
Current State of Business: Operational


Connects swine producers to critical barn-level information by enabling precision livestock farming and remove management of livestock facilities.

Founder(s): BJ Brugman
Current State of Business: Operational

Double Dipped Ice Cream and Coffee Shoppe

Double Dipped Ice Cream and Coffee Shoppe is owned and operated by twins sisters, Stacey Noe and Sara Hillebrand, along with their husbands. The business serves a full coffee and ice cream menu, along with sandwiches and soups daily.

Founder(s): Stacey Noe, Sara Hillebrand, Dan Noe, Jeremy Hillebrand
Current State of Business: Operational

E-Markets, Inc.

Electronic commerce applications for agricultural businesses.

Founder(s): Kevin Kimle, Dave Krog, Rusty Harder
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Eagle's Catch, LLLP

Eagle's Catch, LLLP is an aquaculture production company located in Ellsworth, IA. It's indoor, on land, and intensive production system is one of the world's largest. Eagle's Catch produces and sells high-quality Tilapia for traditional retail and ethnic live markets across North America.

Founder(s): Joe Sweeney
Current State of Business: Operational

Farmers Risk

Farmers Risk is a software platform that consolidates a farmer's risk portfolio in one easy to use place, provides decision support tools, and offers low-cost futures and options trades directly from their risk dashboard.

Founder(s): Dakota Hoben
Current State of Business: Started


Online search portal and analysis tools for land real estate.

Founder(s): Steven Brockshus
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged


FarmToys4You sells a wide variety of farm toys online through a company website, Instagram, and Facebook. Most products are 1/64 scale toys with an inventory consisting of model tractors, farm equipment, semis, pickups, cars, as well as model buildings, animals and other display items.

Founder(s): Collin Knipper
Current State of Business: Operational

Goats On The Go

Goats On The Go applies targeted goat grazing to sustainably manage unwanted and invasive vegetation on customers' properties. Goats On The Go also produces and distributes what its founders believe to be the most sustainable meat on Earth, shipping goat meat cuts to consumer doorsteps nationwide.

Founder(s): Aaron Steele, Chad Steenhoek
Current State of Business: Operational

Grand View Beef

Raising 100% grass-fed beef on a century family farm from birth to harvest, Grand View Beef focuses on environment, genetics, and practices to ensure the animal has a stress-free life resulting in a superior product. Available direct to consumer, in grocery stores, and in restaurants across Iowa.

Founder(s): Knute Severson, Amanda Severson
Current State of Business: Operational

Gross-Wen Technologies

GWT uses micoalgae to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.

Founder(s): Martin Gross, Zhiyou Wen
Current State of Business: Operational


Harrisvaccines, now sold to Merck Animal Health, was a company focusing on herd-specific vaccines. Harrisvaccines are most commonly known for their PEDv product for swine.

Founder(s): Hank Harris
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Harvest Capital

Harvest Capital searches for unique agricultural investment opportunities to provide investors with diversity and the potential for out sized returns.

Founder(s): Scott Oakes, Scott Thornburgh
Current State of Business: Operational

Hightail Delivery

Hightail Delivery is an online platform for customers to place orders for fresh, locally-produced food products to be delivered to their doorstep. Hightail Delivery partners with local food producers to offer customers a wide array of locally-grown food items including it's own beef and ice cream.

Founder(s): Natalie Eick
Current State of Business: Operational

Katwater Transport LLC

Katwater Transport is a trucking company based in Anamosa, IA. They haul gain, livestock and other materials.

Founder(s): Kirk Atwater
Current State of Business: Operational

KinoSol SBC

KinoSol is a Specific Benefit Corporation with a focus on decreasing food waste on a global scale via food waste reduction technology. KinoSol’s first product, the Orenda, is a small-scale, solar-powered food dehydrator designed for farmers and families in developing countries.

Founder(s): Mikayla Sullivan, Clayton Mooney, Elise Kendall, Ella Gehrke
Current State of Business: Operational

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is a third-generation, family-owned company serving farmers in the Upper Midwest with most diverse lineup of genetics, traits and technologies; Seed-2-Soil® agronomic services and independent research – all delivered with personal service and the highest quality standards.

Founder(s): John Latham, Shannon Latham
Current State of Business: Operational


LunchSox provides meals for kids during weekends and other school breaks by providing funding from sock sales to existing meal programs. Lunchsox is in the process of developing a farm-to-foot supply chain in which all materials can be traced directly to their farm of origin.

Founder(s): Rebecca Lyons
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged


MasterGrass serves the Ankeny, Ames and surrounding areas by providing the following services: landscaping, hardscapes, mowing, fertilization, weed control, and much more!

Founder(s): Zachariah Ritland
Current State of Business: Operational

Midland Co.

Midland Co. is a land-based company raising sustainable, ethical, and delicious seafood. Using innovative Algae-Based™ RAS (recirculating aquaculture systems) technology, Midland Co. strives to be stewards of the environment.

Founder(s): Jackson Kimle, Matthew Ellis
Current State of Business: Started


Nebullam is a product-as-a-service company, providing High Pressure Aeroponics (HPA) growing units, paired with artificial intelligence. Their technology is designed for commercial producers in leafy green, microgreen, and pharmaceutical production, as well plant R&D.

Founder(s): Clayton Mooney, Danen Pool, Mahmoud Parto
Current State of Business: Started

Nobl Labs

Nobl Labs, now Boehringer Engleheim Vetmedica Inc., produces vaccines and pharmaceuticals for swine, dogs, cats, equine and cattle. Their mission is to find solutions for global animal health challenges.

Founder(s): Hank Harris, Jan Schuiteman
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Paul M. Quam & Associates

Quam & Associates have provided financial related services to predominately ag related business, farms and ag lenders in the central U.S.. Services include analysis, feasibility projections, restructures, fund sourcing, accounting, bill paying, payroll etcetera for 30 years.

Founder(s): Paul Quam
Current State of Business: Operational

Performance Livestock Analytics

Performance Livestock Analytics aims to help livestock producers become more sustainable and profitable. Their precision ag application combines today’s cloud-based technologies with on-farm information, bringing big data solutions to the livestock industry.

Founder(s): Dane Kuper
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged


PowerPollen preserves and enhances crop production by enabling superior pollination systems.

Founder(s): Jason Cope
Current State of Business: Operational


Assembly Factory PLM Software

Founder(s): Dave Sly
Current State of Business: Operational

PSD Technologies LLC

PSD Technologies is dedicated to fulfilling ventilation and other electronic and control needs for the poultry, swine, and dairy industries. They provide controls and equipment to maintain desired temperature and climate in animal facilities and monitor all conditions and data to optimize production

Founder(s): Zach Grouwinkel
Current State of Business: Operational

Red Rock Farms

Red Rock Farms, located in Oelwein, IA, is a fifth generation farm featuring not only livestock and crop production, but also its unique, annual attraction - Fall Fest. During the fall months, guests can visit the farm to see a unique collection of animals, petting zoo and enjoy the pumpkin patch.

Founder(s): Landon Kane
Current State of Business: Operational

Red Rock Ruff House

Located at Red Rock Farms, in Oelwein, IA, is Red Rock Ruff House, open annually for boarding, daycare and grooming of cats and dogs.

Founder(s): Landon Kane
Current State of Business: Operational


Sabanto is a farming-as-a-service company that provides total turn-key agriculture services, utilizing our supervised autonomous equipment platform.

Founder(s): Craig Rupp, Kyler Laird
Current State of Business: Started

ScoutPro, Inc

ScoutPro is a crop scouting software for ag retailers, independent agronomists, growers, and seed businesses. Customers use the software to provide consistent, accurate, and timely identification and records of infield issues throughout the growing season and use these records in the future.

Founder(s): Michael Koenig, Holden Nyhus, Stuart McCulloh
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Smart Ag

Smart Ag's products allow any machine on the farm to run autonomously, connect to the cloud, be monitored, and controlled from anywhere in the world. This cutting-edge technology, reduces the number of skilled operators required, allowing farmers to become more efficient and profitable.

Founder(s): Colin Hurd
Current State of Business: Sold/Merged

Soil Concepts Inc

Soil Concepts Inc fulfills EPA/environmental regulations on construction sites. We monitor jobs to make sure sites are adequately stabilized and sediment transfer isn't taking place. We handle all installation of BMPs (best management practices) to keep sites in satisfactory order.

Founder(s): Calvin McBride, Kayla McBride
Current State of Business: Operational


SoilSerdem produces continuous high-quality soil fertility maps at up to one-half of the typical market cost compared to existing products (>50%), which enables agronomists to save >30% time and 50% cost.

Founder(s): Yones Khaledian, Daniel Linton, Joshua Jeske
Current State of Business: Operational

Strong Source Ag Services LLC

Strong Source Ag is an ag retailer of Pioneer Hybrid seed, cover crop seed, and in the future Crop Insurance.

Founder(s): John Armstrong
Current State of Business: Operational