Tag: Agriculture



FarmHer, Urbandale

After a leaving a decade-long career in agriculture, Marji Guyler-Alaniz was looking to start her own business. The week she quit, a Super Bowl ad sparked a business idea that started Marji down the path to being a photographer, speaker, and television host.

Rodney’s Kitchen, Waterloo

After overcoming homelessness, professional chef Rodney Lewis made it his mission to help those in need. From his new restaurant, he is working toward building a stronger Waterloo community.




Plastics Unlimited, Preston

After the 1980s farm crisis, Terry and Nancy Kieffer needed to supplement their farm income. Through entrepreneurship they kept the farm and brought jobs to the community.

AgriSync, Waukee

Since childhood, Casey Niemann’s passion was in farming. After multiple years working in the tech industry, he brought his expertise back to the agriculture industry. .

FULL EPISODE #209: Agren & Atlantic Bottling Company


Agren – Carroll
Follow an agricultural conservation company’s journey from relying on government grants to growing in the private sector.

Atlantic Bottling Company – Atlantic
Discover the storied history of the Coca-Cola capital of Iowa.

FULL EPISODE #206: Puck Custom Enterprises & Stone Medical


Puck Custom Enterprises – Manning
Learn the history behind how a side job grew into one of the largest employers in Manning, Iowa.

Stone Medical – Davenport
Follow the road from solving a problem in the medical industry to actually getting the product to the hospitals that need it.

FULL EPISODE #204: Breads From Anna & Sukup Manufacturing


Breads From AnnaIowa City
Discover how a health diagnosis led an East Coast art professor to become an entrepreneur.

Sukup Manufacturing – Sheffield
Follow one man’s journey from farming to building an international business.

FULL EPISODE #201: Milkhouse Candles & Aronia Berry Services of Northeast Iowa


Milkhouse CandlesOsage
Eric and Janet Sparrow started making candles as a fun activity while they were dating. Now, they are one of the premier soy candle makers in the Midwest.

Aronia Berry ServicesFairbank
Hearing a news story on the radio was the beginning of a long entrepreneurial journey for one Fairbank couple, who are now pioneering a unique crop.

FULL EPISODE #109: TelePharm & Loess Hills Lavender Farm


TelePharm Iowa City
Todd Thompson has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. It was just a matter of time before his son followed suit.

Loess Hills Lavender Farm – Missouri Valley
Mary and Tim went on vacation to Washington and came back with a dream. See how they are fighting to bring their vision to life.

FULL EPISODE #101: Malcolm Lumber & ScoutPro


Malcom Lumber – Grinnell
It hasn’t always been easy for the Schroeder family, but despite all of the heartbreaks, they still manage to find joy in running their small business.

ScoutPro – Urbandale
See how three college friends, who started their business while still in school, react when their business plan is put to the test.