What is Grand Farm?

Grand Farm is an initiative led by Emerging Prairie that aims to capitalize on the region’s potential in the agriculture and technology industries. The end goal of the Grand Farm initiative is to create a fully autonomous farm that will impact the Fargo-Moorhead Community and beyond by developing new opportunities and accelerating change.

The initiative is designed to inspire collaboration among businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs in order to develop the fully autonomous farm.


Our Moonshot

We believe our region has all the necessary parts to create a fully autonomous farm by the year 2025. The farm will help feed the growing world, develop new opportunities for our communities and align organizations to the evolving themes that will accelerate change.

The Grand Farm initiative is designed to take this moonshot and drive and orchestrate activities that enable awareness, collaboration, development and deployment of the identified requirements of the fully autonomous farm.

The vision and milestones will be created around five strategic plans.

The Plan

Ecosystem: Evaluating the local, regional, and national partners. Consideration for community engagement, open source participation, and awareness building.

Innovation: Identifying a model to increase support for new ventures, engage corporate partners, and create economic vibrancy for the state.

Makerspace: Physical environment that is connected to the farm. Could include laboratory type environment, education facilities, conference function, and ability to connect to a broader technology park.

Accelerated Learning: Focus on upskilling the workforce for 21st century skills. First focus is on software development with a midterm vision that would support hardware advanced skills.

Policy and Governance: Priority thinking on the policy environment that supports an autonomous farm and the public spaces it interacts with. Consideration will also be given to the structural needs of an entity or preexisting entities to create the conditions for an autonomous farm to exist.

Who are the key players involved in Grand Farm?

The Grand Farm initiative is spearheaded by Emerging Prairie with leadership from the following:

Tammy Miller – Border States Electric CEO
Barry Batcheller – Appareo Chairman
Kevin Biffert – Fargo Automation Founder
Jake Joraanstad – Bushel Co-Founder
Keith Kreps – RDO Equipment Executive Vice President
Eric Hardmeyer – Bank of North Dakota CEO

Michelle Kommer – North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner
Lauris Molbert – Arthur Ventures Partner
Mike Derheim – The Nerdery Chairman
Greg Tehven – Emerging Prairie Executive Director
Brian Carroll – Emerging Prairie Director of Operations and Director of Grand Farm

If you are interested in supporting or participating alongside us please fill out the contact form below and we’ll be in touch!