Dairy Farmers of America Announces Startups for 2022 CoLAB Accelerator Program


KANSAS CITY, Kan.–A nutrient management solution for agricultural wastewater, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) technology for the farm, and a new caffeinated, high-protein chocolate milk drink for adults are just a few of the startups selected for participate in the DFA CoLAB Accelerator 2022 program.

“It’s always exciting to welcome a new class of startups to our CoLAB Accelerator program, as these companies bring new thinking and ideas to benefit our farm family owners and help further develop and invigorate the dairy sector,” said Doug Dresslaer, Director of Cultural Innovation. at the DFA. “This year, we’re especially excited to take a hybrid approach with the program by bringing back more in-person collaborative sessions while coming together virtually.”

A dairy-centric program focused on business growth and mentorship

The DFA CoLAB Accelerator is a 90-day collaborative program focused on dairy and processing innovations and new technologies for dairy farms. Startups will gain an in-depth understanding of the dairy industry and have the opportunity to work with senior DFA executives and other relevant investors and dairy industry leaders.

Throughout the program, participants will receive guidance and participate in educational sessions on a variety of topics important to startup growth, including finance, business development, distribution and supply chain, product development , branding, sales and marketing, packaging and pricing.

Introducing the DFA CoLAB 2022 Accelerator Class

Agricultural technology

  • Cattle Scan (Guelph, Canada) – Real-time monitoring technology that measures the biometrics of each cattle, starting with temperature. Data is accessible on a cloud-based platform and enables farmers to improve the overall health of their herds
  • The Hago Energetics Company (Camarillo, Calif.) – Aims to help farms, whether beef or dairy, convert waste, like manure, into fuel cell-grade hydrogen using a patented carbon-negative approach that doesn’t does not involve hydrolysis. This hydrogen should sell for less and have a lower carbon footprint than current methods
  • Lemna (Gilbert, Arizona) – Provides a complete nutrient management solution for agricultural wastewater through the use of duckweed (aquatic plants) in a controlled growth system. Duckweed also has the potential to provide farmers with a new source of income
  • ReproHealth Technologies (Indianapolis, Ind.) – An innovative, patent-pending device that brings IVF technology to the farm. Founders believe device could potentially double bovine embryo production and reduce breeding costsDairy Products and Milk Processing Technology
  • Smack’d (Lehi, Utah) – Aims to develop a delicious chocolate milk drink for adults that is high in protein, low in sugar and caffeinated
  • Lyras (Aalborg, Denmark) – Development of UV light cold pasteurization technology that uses 90% less energy and 60% less water compared to traditional pasteurization

Since its launch six years ago, the DFA CoLAB accelerator has worked with 32 companies and has continued to work with the majority of these companies to some extent. To date, 94% of alumni companies are still in business today.

For more information about the DFA CoLAB Accelerator, visit colab.dfamilk.com/. The DFA CoLAB 2022 Accelerator will conclude with a one-day demo presentation at the end of June, where startups will pitch and pitch their ideas.

About the Dairy Farmers of America

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national, farmer-owned dairy cooperative focused on quality, innovation and the future of family dairies. While supporting and serving more than 11,500 family farm owners, DFA manufactures a variety of dairy products, including fluid milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more that connect farms from our cooperative to family tables with regional brands such as Alta Dena Dairy, Meadow Gold Dairy, Friendly’s, Borden Cheese, Plugrá Premium Butter and Kemps to name a few. Globally, we work with some of the world’s largest food companies to develop the ingredients their customers crave, while remaining committed to social responsibility and ethical farming.

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