The AgLaunch Startup Station Debuts at #MSFGS17

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmCast 538A new program that debuted during the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show was the AgLaunch Startup Station. This idea caught my eye as an entrepreneur and AgNerd because the potential for new technologies and startup companies is huge, I tell you, HUGE. I sat down with Pete Nelson, Chairman/CEO, Ag Innovation Development Group, to learn about the AgLaunch innovation platform. There is a lot to this effort that has been in development for years now.

There are three programs that AgLaunch is working on in 2017. These include an AgLauch Accelerator, AgLaunch Farmer Network and the AgLaunch Startup Station that is really the focus of this post. Pete and I sat down outside the room in which startup principals were giving presentations to a panel of judges. And in case you are wondering, there was money at stake.

BTW, my friend Bruce Rasa, AgVoice, was the first presenter in the AgLaunch Startup Station. You can find a lot more information about the three programs mentioned above here.

Listen to this week’s program here: ZimmCast with Pete Nelson, AgLaunch


AgLaunch™ continues to expand its farm-centric innovation platform to accelerate the process of bringing new ideas into agriculture. The organization offers a one-stop shop for researchers, farmers, logistic providers, processors, non-profits, investors and corporate partners to help validate and grow new ideas in the agricultural space. The initiative is focused on the Mid-South region with an international footprint through its open source programs and support network.


“With a growing world population, agriculture must advance and adapt to keep up,” Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton said. “Farmers are natural innovators. AgLaunch’s farm-focused model is matching farmers with new and improved technology and resources to help solve global problems, while catalyzing economic growth in our region.”

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