HydroSide Selected as 2020 Ag Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist

COEUR D’ALENE, ID., November 26, 2019 — The people at HydroSide Systems believe in what they do.  That belief has led to an amazing innovation and patent-pending system for the traveling irrigation niche in farming and ranching.  Recently, HydroSide was recognized on the national stage by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as a Semi-Finalist for the 2020 AFBF Ag Innovation of the Year Award. 

“This is an amazing honor and blessing to be named as 1 of 10 teams in the entire US competing for this prestigious award on a national stage in January,” said Dana Mohr, CEO of HydroSide Systems.  “We are going with the intent of winning it all because we truly believe that our technology will make a huge impact on farming by automating all forms of traveling irrigation. Regardless of the outcome, we are praising God for this opportunity and we will work hard to do Idaho and the Inland Northwest proud!”

The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge was the first national competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs, and the competition continues to provide an opportunity for U.S. startups to showcase business innovations in food and agriculture.  The Challenge is a national business competition and the American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, awards $145,000 in startup funds to entrepreneurs who compete throughout the year, culminating at a live pitch competition at the AFBF Annual Convention.  This year, the Annual Convention will be held in Austin, Texas from January 17-22, 2020 where HydroSide will compete with 9 other teams for the coveted top prize, AFBF Entrepreneur of the Year.

“These hard-working entrepreneurs have demonstrated their commitment to take on some of the biggest challenges in agriculture. Their innovation will help American farmers continue to grow healthy, affordable products for consumers,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “It’s a pleasure to recognize and award these outstanding businesses to help them deliver solutions that will drive U.S. agriculture forward.”

Few innovations have been made to traveling irrigators in the last 40 years.  Simply stated, HydroSide is reinventing traveling irrigation. HydroSide is doing this with its patent-pending hydroelectric drive and navigation system which automates traveling irrigators, such as wheel lines, traveling guns and traveling booms, among others.  In addition to automating these systems, HydroSide is also introducing precision irrigation technology. Now, farmers can use their smartphone or computer to run their irrigation sets. The technology allows the farmer to acquire real-time data regarding their resource usage and savings, GPS positioning, and it allows them to plan their irrigation sets based on ideal watering patterns and depth of saturation.

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Jeremy McIntyre

VP Purchasing and Sales

Jeremy came to HydroSide after selling his own business, bringing with him experience in project and supply logistics, strategic planning, and customer and equipment service. Jeremy also spent 20 years in forest and agricultural vegetation management. His many skills and experiences make Jeremy a great asset to the HydroSide operations team. Jeremy grew up in Spokane, WA where he currently resides with his wife and their trio of kids. In his free time he enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and gardening with his family.


Bryan Butcher

Inventory Manager

Bryan brings supply chain experience and machining expertise to the HydroSide team. Bryan’s prior experience includes 8 years in the U.S. Army in Logistics and Documentation Management, over 5 years in manufacturing, and a technical degree in Machining and Technology. When not at his desk, you can find Bryan on the shop floor machining parts as the need arises. Bryan grew up in the Spokane, WA area where he currently resides with his wife and dog Holyfield. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video and board games, fishing, BBQ-ing and spending time with family.


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