January 11, 2022

Grain Weevil Corporation wins Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge in Georgia, US


The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge — now in its eighth year and held in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States — provides opportunities for Farm Bureau members to showcase business innovations being developed for US agriculture.

Grain Weevil Corporation is the winner of this year's competition. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), in partnership with Farm Credit, announced the winner at the 2022 American Farm Bureau Convention.

The Grain Weevil is a grain bin management robot that improves quality and eliminates the need for farmers to enter grain bins. Grain Weevil Corporation received a total of US$50,000 in prize money to help grow the business. Ben Johnson, a Nebraska Farm Bureau member, is team lead for the company.

Birds Eye Robotics was named runner-up in the contest and received a total of US$20,000. Scott Niewohner, a Nebraska Farm Bureau member, is team lead for the company. Birds Eye is an autonomous robot that helps maintain poultry houses and improves animal welfare by encouraging bird activity.

Caravan Tech LLC, a top 10 semi-finalist, won the People's Choice Award, which is decided by public vote, and received US$5,000 in additional prize money. Richy Naisbett, an Alabama Farmers Federation member, is team lead for the company, which provides real-time remote management solutions for ranchers and cattle breeders.

"Start-up companies like those we're honoring today are helping to shape the future of agriculture," said AFBF president Zippy Duvall. "It's a pleasure to recognise these entrepreneurs for the innovative solutions they've developed that will help farmers, ranchers and rural communities thrive."