The Climate Corporation: Platinum Sponsor of 2017

Posted by on March 14, 2017

2nd Annual agBOT Challenge Announces The Climate Corporation as Platinum Sponsor 

Rockville, Ind., (March 13, 2017) – airBridge and Gerrish Farms are thrilled to announce The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, as this year’s Platinum Sponsor of the 2nd Annual agBOT Challenge, to be held June 23-25, 2017 at Gerrish Farms in Rockville, Ind.

At this exciting event, Universities and entrepreneurial teams from across the world will have the opportunity to demonstrate new, ag tech innovations, thanks in large part to Climate’s support of the teams and events who participate. In addition to Platinum Sponsorship, Climate is providing ongoing support and mentorship to all of the participating teams and has offered a robotics kit with a $500.00 stipend to assist teams in the development of their innovations.

Focused on helping farmers sustainably increase their productivity through digital tools, The Climate Corporation has engaged key leaders for a second year to support the competitions of the agBOT Challenge. “It was a natural fit for Climate to support the agBOT Challenge initially and again for a second year,” said Mark Young, chief technology officer for The Climate Corporation. “In the world of ag tech, we have to challenge ourselves to develop and use technology in different ways. It all begins with a challenge, and I look forward to being a part of this unique event again this year.”

Climate’s support of agBOT Challenge will continue as Young returns to address the crowd as a keynote speaker. Craig Rupp, senior architect for The Climate Corporation and co-founder of the former 640 Labs, which was acquired by Climate in late 2014, will return as a judge for the 2017 competition.

On June 23, teams will gather alongside event sponsors to provide interactive displays for the general public at the NextGen Expo. The NextGen Expo will include interactive displays, field demonstrations of robotics in agriculture and discussions of technology being developed in agriculture. Attendance to the NextGen Expo is free and those interested in attending may register online at

Following the NextGen Expo will be the Seeding Competition presentations on June 24. Teams have been challenged to create an unmanned robotic system capable of autonomously planting in the fields. On June 25, the Weed & Feed Competition presentations will take place. Teams have been challenged to create an unmanned robotic system capable of autonomous identification, eradication of weeds and feeding of plants.

If you would like more information about the agBOT Challenge, sponsorship, attendance, volunteering, etc. please contact Rachel Gerrish at 765-918-8666 or email at


About agBOT Challenge

The agBOT Challenge is a series of competitions set to propel innovation in technology and agriculture. With the assistance of sponsors, airBridge and Gerrish farms have created a series of competitions in which individuals, teams, universities, entrepreneurs, farmers etc. are challenged to build autonomous vehicles capable of performing agricultural tasks in the fields. At the annual event, each team of innovators has the opportunity to present their accomplishments to a crowd of supporters, influential leaders, and panel of judges in an effort to win the agBOT Challenge Champion title.  For more information email or visit To learn more, follow the teams and event @AgBotChallenge.


About The Climate Corporation

The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, aims to help all the world’s farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. The integrated Climate FieldView™ digital agriculture platform provides farmers with a comprehensive, connected suite of digital tools. Bringing together seamless field data collection, advanced agronomic modeling and local weather monitoring into simple mobile and web software solutions, the Climate FieldView™ platform gives farmers a deeper understanding of their fields so they can make more informed operating decisions to optimize yields, maximize efficiency and reduce risk. For more information, please visit or follow the company on Twitter@climatecorp.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: and Follow our business on Twitter® at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.


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