Valley Irrigation is the leader in precision irrigation. Born here in Nebraska, Valley shares the same passion for the Nebraska AgTech ecosystem as The Combine. Valley is a Statewide Sponsor of The Combine Incubator, an AgTech startup program.
Valley was founded in 1946 when Robert B. Daugherty began looking for a business opportunity and realized the potential of a small manufacturing company on a small farm just west of Valley, NE. After careful consideration, he invested his life savings of $5,000 into Sam McCleneghan's manufacturing business. It wasn't long before their first center pivot irrigation machine was prototyped in 1947.
Now, Valley is known all over the world for its efforts in precision irrigation. Their center pivot, linear, and corner equipment provides solutions for conserving water and meeting the growing food demand. Back in early 2020, we saw the release of their connected crop management platform, Valley 365. This integrated technology streamlines the process for farmers by keeping all the data in one place, providing greater efficiency and usability.
At The Combine, we value a forward-thinking mindset and individuals not scared of risk or innovation. This mindset is apparent not only in the founders of Valley Irrigation but also in the people currently driving the company forward. We are humbled and honored to have Valley as a Statewide Sponsor of The Combine Incubator.
What is The Combine?
Invest Nebraska's Combine Incubator is a statewide initiative focused on supporting high-growth agri-food entrepreneurs through mentoring, commercialization support, physical incubation space on Nebraska's Innovation Campus, and a network of helping farmers and ranchers across the state. Invest Nebraska is a private, non-profit statewide venture development organization focused on high-growth companies in Nebraska and growing the state's entrepreneurial economy. Invest Nebraska works directly with entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies to help commercialize their technologies, launch and grow new businesses, and access needed capital.