May 24, 2017
By Ellie Isbell
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is awarding 10 rural entrepreneurs almost $150,000 to grow their agricultural startup companies. Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge applicants must be Farm Bureau members, and businesses must be for-profit companies related to food or agriculture. Applications are due June 30.
Four finalists will receive $15,000 each and compete at the AFBF Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 5-10.
Six category winners will also receive $10,000:
- Best Farm Startup
- Best Local Product Startup
- Best Agritourism Startup
- Best Farm-to-Table Startup
- Best Ag Tech & Support Service Startup
- Best Craft Beverage Startup
Other winner benefits include Agriculture Investment Summit participation, IDEAg Trade Show booth space, a complimentary trip to the Challenge Top 10 Event in Washington, D.C. and a trip to the AFBF Annual Convention.
The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mac Higginbotham encourages Alabama producers to take advantage of this competition.
“This is a great opportunity for rural entrepreneurs to receive startup money, which is the biggest hurdle people face when pursuing these ventures,” said Higginbotham, the Federation’s Bee & Honey; Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; and Horticulture divisions director. “Alabama has some talented producers who have creative ideas and products that can benefit rural communities in a big way.”
For rules, categories and more information, visit strongruralamerica.com.