After placing in the top 4 of the Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge (FBREC), a team of students from the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) in Knoxville, and the College of Agricultural and Applied Sciences in Martin, are moving on to the finals that will take place at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, this coming January. CASNR graduate students Shawn Butler and Austin Scott, and UT Martin student Daniel Wiggins developed a patent-pending technology aimed at effectively terminating cover crops to save farmers money. They entered the technology in the FBREC, which is focused on entrepreneurship aimed at helping rural communities (specifically in food and agriculture). By placing in the top four, their Farm Specific Technology (FarmSpec) received $15,000 in start-up funds, and has the opportunity to compete in the final round where they can win an additional $25,000.
With the winnings they hope to take their idea and make something out of it that not only benefits them as entrepreneurs, but also agriculture around the world. Check out the Tennessee Today article for more information.