Challenge to recognize best in agricultural innovation

Agricultural innovators across West Virginia will compete for a business assistance package valued in excess of $10,000 as part of a contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).

The 5th Annual West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition will honor innovation and ingenuity in agriculture, recognizing an entrepreneur whose idea has the greatest potential to solve logistical challenges in the local food supply chain and bring a new product to market.

The winner will receive assistance with:

  • Product design and development
  • Logo creation and marketing
  • Patent, trademark and copyright applications
  • Business development planning
  • Funding opportunities

West Virginia residents and out-of-state residents enrolled in West Virginia colleges and universities are eligible to compete. Innovators must apply online at www.rcbi.org/go/vanguard2020.

Entries must be received by February 12, 2020, at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced in late February during the West Virginia Small Farms Conference in Charleston.