Dec 16, 2019
BASF, Rantizo up for top new product award

Rantizo, which specializes in agricultural drone spraying, is a top-10 finalist for a pair of national awards.

The company, just under two years old, is up for the Ag Professional Top New Product of the Year and is a finalist in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag Innovation Challenge.

The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, awards $145,000 in startup funds to entrepreneurs who compete throughout the year, culminating at a live pitch competition at the AFBF Annual Convention.

The Ag Professional Top New Product of the Year finalists are selected by Farm Journal’s Ag Professional, while the winner is the result of a readers’ choice vote that concludes Jan. 1, 2020. Finalists also include BASF for its new Revysol fungicide, which can be used on potatoes.

The winner will be announced in the February 2020 issue of AgPro and all AgPro digital communications. To qualify, each product had to be available for stocking or preorders for the 2019 season and be specifically focused for use or sale by AgPro readers — retailers, agronomists and crop consultants. Products can range from inputs, machinery, technology or other categories.

In July 2019, Rantizo became the first and only company approved for drone-based agricultural spraying in the state of Iowa. Since then, the company has expanded licensing and approvals to multiple states.

Previously, Rantizo won the AgLaunch Pitch Competition at the Memphis Farm and Gin Show, the Ag Innovation Competition at the Iowa Power Farming Show and the Pappajohn Iowa Venture Competition.

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