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Farm Next, a new Pivot Bio Original series, where some of the greatest minds in agriculture take center stage to showcase the next big thing in ag. These entrepreneurs will get honest feedback from a panel of industry experts, farmers and investors. What does the next big breakthrough in agriculture look like? Will their ideas yield big? The best ideas will be showcased within the Farm Progress Show's Innovation Experience.


See what’s next – Farm Next.


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Max Armstrong

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Max Armstrong is one of the most highly regarded and widely followed agriculture journalists in America. For more than 40 years his broadcasts have been viewed and heard by millions of farmers, ranchers, and consumers across the country.


The recipient of numerous honors from trade associations and farm organizations, Max is host of This Week In AgriBusiness on television, as well as Farm Progress America and Max Armstrong’s Midwest Digest on radio.


He is also a past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and has been inducted into the NAFB Hall of Fame.



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Karsten Temme

CEO & Co-Founder, Pivot Bio

Karsten Temme is an entrepreneur and engineer who has been fascinated with the limitless potential of the unseen microbes that inhabit our world. Seeking to produce “more than scientific journal articles” and driven by the desire to create meaningful change in the world, Karsten partnered with his friend and colleague, Alvin Tamsir, to create Pivot Bio.

Roger Underwood

Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist

Roger Underwood is the co-founder of Becker Underwood, a producer of specialty seed colorants, seed coatings, yield-enhancing biological inoculants and multiple biological crop protection products. When BASF acquired Becker Underwood in 2012, the company had grown to $265 million in sales. Roger serves on the board of directors for several companies and is an active supporter and contributor to Iowa State University. He is also an advisor to Pivot Bio.

Tom Karlson

Founding Partner, Rural American Fund

Tom Karlson is the founder of the Rural American Funds. He began his career in 1985 and has more than 30-years’ experience advising privately-held companies on value enhancing strategies with a focus on increasing business value through strategic acquisitions. Tom is an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully grown two investment banking businesses.

Lisa Peterson

Third-Generation Farmer, Former National FFA President

Lisa Peterson credits her success in part to her background with the FFA. She’s served as both the Iowa and National FFA president and has co-hosted the National FFA pre-conference shows on RFD-TV. Lisa is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in agriculture business and agronomy. She still farms and runs agricultural businesses with her husband and family.