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Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Honors Franklin County's Global Ag Inc. for Community and Global Contributions

Global Ag Inc. receives Renew Rural Iowa awardGlobal Ag Inc. Honored For Successful Business Model, Farming Equipment Innovations   

Global Ag Inc., a family-owned Franklin County company that builds specialty planters for companies around the world, now has a new honor for their mantle: the Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award.            

Todd Hall and Richard Martin, founders of the Hampton, Iowa business, are known for their innovation and ‘out of the box’ solutions.  Their Global Ag Inc. manufacturing company makes many things, from specialty planters for companies around the world, to building equipment to make hydraulic ag equipment function better, to grain elevator fabrication and construction projects.  Todd Hall, Global Ag vice president, says the secret to their success is to always be open to new ideas, no matter where they materialize.  “We had a customer come to us and ask us if we were interested in going to Belize to work on a project.  We did the development and helped to bring  a state of the art grain facility to a third World company; it’ll help their country a lot, keeping people fed,” says Hall.           

Karen Mitchell, Executive Director of the Franklin County Development Association, says Global Ag, with their 40 employees, is growing, and that’s good for the local economy.  “Global Ag has been a very important presence here in Hampton and Franklin County, not only because of the jobs they have created, which is frankly double what they had originally predicted.  But, the innovation they bring to farmers helps the agriculture industry in total.  And they’re even going to be the major suppliers to NEW co-op elevator that’s breaking ground very soon,” says Mitchell.  “What’s more, they take care of the community.  Todd looks out for the workforce, is very good at business predictions and forecasting and has all the inherent packaging of what you want in the entrepreneur.”           

“Each year, Renew Rural Iowa honors rural Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs who are nominated by their community, for their excellence, innovation and contributions to the community.  The Renew Rural Iowa (RRIA) program, which has helped more than 2,500 Iowans successfully own and grow their businesses, works to help many businesses get off the ground; since RRIA launched in 2006, the program has also invested more than $80 million in rural communities,” says Sandy Ehrig, Iowa Farm Bureau economic development administrator.            

The online curriculum, the Renew Rural Iowa Pathways, is available at www.renewruraliowa.com and offers a menu of entrepreneurship guidance.  For more information, go to www.renewruraliowa.com