This article was originally published in the Western Equipment Dealers Association Summer 2018 magazine.
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Each month Mike Colwell from Square One DSM hosts something called Startup Stories where he brings interesting individuals to a gathering at the Greater Des Moines Partnership and allows for his guest to share their business story and the audiance gets to ask questions. This month Casey Niemann the founder of AgriSync is the featured guest. Learn how this startup a mobile application that connects farmers to trusted advisors who can assist with questions from machinery to technology. And, it's all from Iowa.
Jerrod Westfahl grew up on a diversified farm in Reno county Kansas. He was actively involved in 4-H and FFA. Throughout his childhood and into adulthood he has enjoyed working with and for agricultural businesses and customers of all kinds. Jerrod attended both Kansas State University and the University of Kansas before taking on his position with AgriSync.
Building a great company depends on bringing a lot of the right parts together. For AgriSync, that includes the right funding partners. From the outset, we looked for financial backers who understand production agriculture and believe that better collaboration tools will improve farming. The past couple years, many ag tech startups brought experienced angel investors on board but few found backers with hard-core ag understanding.
There’s something highly attractive about a fresh start, a clean slate, and an open door to successes and achievable dreams. When there’s passion, drive, motivation to solve a problem, and a group of like-minded folks; anything is possible.