Sue McCloskey, founder of Fair Oaks Farms and Fairlife, speaks at the 2018 AgAssembly event hosted by Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University. This year’s AgAssembly will take place Sept. 26 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
Early in August, a cohort of teams in the New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center AgSprint program, a five-month venture builder for innovators in agriculture, food, energy and the environment, gathered to discuss their progress and to ready themselves for this month’s AgAssembly event.
AgAssembly will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. It is open to the public. At the event, teams will showcase their business idea in front of agricultural industry leaders.
Jonas Moya, whose AgSprint team is looking to add transparency within the beef industry by verifying the history and wellness of individual cattle, has been working on incorporating new technology for optimal traceability.
“We’re looking for new avenues that monetize but that do not increase farmer cost, so we’ve changed our business model by using working groups,” Moya said.
These are some of the updates shared in the group of peers, all looking to revolutionize and innovate agricultural- and food-related industries. There is one team creating an unmanned autonomous system that can apply chemicals more precisely on fields, while another team is working on a new polymer from yeast that can stem corrosion of hydrogen in steel pipes.
Two other teams’ products may show up in a kitchen in the future, with one investigating probiotic eggs that could improve gut health and immune systems and another crafting protein bars using teff, a lesser-known grain, for a gluten-free snack.
At AgAssembly these teams will get a chance to pitch their ideas to industry leaders and secure a $20,000 award sponsored by Arrowhead Center partner New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera company.
The morning portion of AgAssembly will feature workshops for the teams, while the free event for the public will take place from 2-5 p.m. with a reception to follow. Guest speakers will take the stage to talk about building the real food economy of the future, the current and future landscape of funding agricultural food and New Mexico’s budding industry in hemp.
To register to attend AgAssembly, visit https://agassembly2019.eventbrite.com.
Any established and emerging Food Tech and Ag Tech entrepreneurs are encouraged to showcase their startup through an Open Mic forum.
“This is a chance for those who may not have had a chance to enter the AgSprint program to have one-minute shot to describe their venture and what additional skills and help they are looking for from the broader entrepreneurial community,” said Zetdi Runyan Sloan, director of Arrowhead Accelerator Programs.