Ames entrepreneur Steven Brockshus is the 2019 American Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Farm Bureau announced on Monday.

Brockshus’ company, FarmlandFinder, won the American Farm Bureau’s Ag Innovation Challenge, taking home a total of $30,000 throughout the competition.

“Farm Bureau is the NFL for agriculture and being named Entrepreneur of the Year is such an honor,” Brockshus said. “Our goal is to make it ridiculously simple for landowners to buy and sell land, which would be a direct benefit to the many farmers and landowners across the country who are involved in Farm Bureau. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have shared the FarmlandFinder story on a national scale, and proud to have pointed a spotlight on some of the innovation coming out of Iowa startup ecosystem.”

Just last week, FarmlandFinder expanded their products to 12 states throughout the Midwest. The company has doubled the size of their team over the past six months and plans to continue to hire more people over the next 12 to 16 months.

This marks the fourth time that an Iowa company has won the competition since it began five years ago.

Steven Brockshus of FarmlandFinder accepts the 2019 Rural Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Photo courtesy of American Farm Bureau Federation).

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