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Nebraska Pig Farmer Wins $20,000 Quick Pitch Competition

Nebraska Pig Farmer Wins $20,000 Quick Pitch Competition
Lukas Fricke and Chad Moyer

The first Ag Innovation Quick Pitch competition was held at the Nebraska Power Farming Show on Wednesday afternoon. Six agriculture startup companies competed for up to $25,000 in prize money.

The  start-up companies competing were:

ChorChek: Changes the way livestock producers manage their daily tasks by streamlining processes and data collection.

FarmAfield: Low-cost ag investment platform where ag commodities can be bought and sold.

Farmland Finder: Makes farmland information more accessible through an online search engine and marketplace for ag real estate.

HitchPin: Connects farmers who need services or products to others that can provide them.

Quantified AG: Leverages data analytics to report on cattle behavior and biometrics with a smart cattle ear tag.

Tillable: A marketplace for connecting landowners and growers.

ChorChek, founded by Nebraska pig farmer Lukas Fricke, took home the overall $20,000 prize.

Learn more about ChorChek in this interview with the Rural Radio Network:

Trevor McKeeman,  the founder and CEO of Hitchpin, received $5,000 for willing the popular vote in the People’s Choice category:

Learn about how the company connects farmers who need services or products to others that can provide them:

The Ag Innovation Pitch Competition was presented by Farm Credit Services in collaboration with CoBank, Farm Credit Leasing, Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Innovation Campus and Rain and Hail.

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