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Kansas State University: technology and innovation testing and validation

Opportunity for

  • Startup or companies interested in bringing cutting-edge agricultural technology to North America.

Opportunity description

Industry challenge:

The opportunity provided by Kansas State University addresses several industry challenges in the agricultural technology sector including assistance in adapting and validating technologies to diverse and region-specific conditions, overcoming challenges in navigating entrance into and adoption within the North American agricultural market, expediting technology validation through international seasonal trials.

K-State points of differentiation

  • Livestock research infrastructure: Field research facilities for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, horses, and sheep are located close to campus. In a typical year, research and teaching facilities accommodate about 2000 to 3000 cattle, 3500 swine, 1500 laying hens, 250 sheep and 45 horses.

  • Crop research infrastructure: State-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses, dryland and irrigated experiment fields throughout Kansas provide excellent facilities for agronomic research and education.

  • Small grains systems: Small grains expertise at K-State extends from inputs, technology, natural resources and genetics to crop production, processing, consumption and post-consumption. This systems-level expertise provides a powerful one-stop shop for small grains talent and innovation.

  • Data science capabilities: K-State can provide high-quality metadata analyses including literature reviews and integration of data science/analytics to inform product development.

Current opportunity:

Are you a startup or company eager to bring your cutting-edge agricultural technology to North America? Kansas State University (K-State) welcomes you to leverage our expertise, resources, and extensive network for evaluation and validation of agricultural innovation in diverse environments across Kansas at K-State farms, K-State Extension Services locations, and at producer partners throughout the Great Plains, as well as the ability to serve in a project management role coordinating tests in other locations nationally and around the globe. This includes field and clinical trials, product demonstration, efficacy and performance testing, laboratory services, core facility equipment, and faculty consultation.

Startups can engage in testing and validation services in areas of expertise such as food and agriculture systems innovation, digital agriculture and advanced analytics, and biosecurity and biodefense.

Why partner with K-State?

  • Local field trials: Collaborate with K-State experts as trusted partners and our network of university partners to conduct local field trials. Validate your technology under Midwest conditions, ensuring performance and relevance.

  • Access the US market through producers in the midwest: Engage directly with producers in the heart of the Midwest, gaining invaluable insights and establishing connections to navigate the North American agricultural markets. K-State’s Extension and Engagement network provides a bridge to the region's farming community.

  • Seasonal trials for comprehensive validation: Take advantage of Kansas’s diverse climate and top-notch facilities to conduct seasonal trials. With wide climate (precipitation and temperature), elevation, and soil variability throughout the state, Kansas provides a unique testbed for crop production and agricultural systems that can mimic climates on every non-arctic continent.

  • Interdisciplinary approach: K-State’s “culture of collaboration” and coordinated, team-based partnership approach provides opportunities to bring multidisciplinary faculty groups together to deliver innovative solutions that would be challenging to accomplish through traditional siloed approaches.

    Potential other applications

    Companies can also access Kansas State University’s network of partners including producers, non-profits, venture capitalists, governments, economic development organizations, and companies.

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Opportunity type

Research partner, Field trial

Express interest by

Friday, 1 January 2027 12:00 Australia/Sydney


Any (TRL 1-9)
For opportunities that are seeking solutions providers who are at any stage of readiness.
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Opportunity led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cotton Cross industry Dairy Eggs Forestry Fruits Game Honey bees Oilseeds Other rural industries Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Pork Poultry Sheep & lamb Vegetables

Kansas State University

Kansas State University is a comprehensive, research, land-grant institution serving students and the people of Kansas, the nation, and the world.
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  • Organisation type

    Public research organisation

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Opportunity for

  • Startups, companies, or researchers passionate about overcoming agricultural challenges through innovation who have interest in accessing our renowned experts, state-of-the-art facilities, and collaborative environment to drive the development or advancement of new technologies.
  • Led by

    Kansas State University

  • Opportunity type

    Research partner

  • Express interest by

    Friday, 1 January 2027 12:00 Australia/Sydney

  • Readiness
    Any (TRL 1-9)
    For opportunities that are seeking solutions providers who are at any stage of readiness.

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