What innovations in agriculture have roots in our region?

Published: December 19 2013 | 1:11 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:05 am in
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Last week, I asked about the history of innovation in the region now known as Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

You definitely delivered. Here are just a few examples I heard:

  • E.F. Lindquist, who founded ACT and created the optical mark scanning technology now used by companies around the world.
  • Frank Magid, who applied market research to television news and was deemed “”the nation’s leading television news doctor” by Time magazine.
  • Ira B. McGladrey, who founded the accounting firm in Cedar Rapids in 1926 and helped change how financial statements are reported, I’m told.
  • Intermec, which holds patents in radio frequency identification and was founded after a round of layoffs at Rockwell Collins.
  • Howard Hall, of Iowa Steel and Iron Works (who also kept lions at Brucemore).
  • Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist who’s memory lives on throughmillions of dollars given in grants each year.
  • and more.

Thank you, to all who commented! Look for more on these stories in the coming weeks – I hope it will be both informative and entertaining to look at this rich history together.

That leads me into this week’s question: What innovations in agriculture have roots in our region? 

I’m interested in both historic developments as well as cutting-edge innovations of today.

Consider Kinze Manufacturing: a family company that has been making farm equipment since the 1960s, and recently released a self-driving tractor. I’m visiting Williamsburg on Wednesday to learn more about how the company maintains a culture of innovation.

Iowa has always been a leader in agriculture. As the world’s population continues to grow and sustainability remains an issue, it will be as relevant as ever. What unique strengths does our region have, that we can execute on better than anyone else?

I would love to hear any examples of innovation in agriculture. Comment below or drop me a line:sarah.binder@sourcemedia.net

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