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60 Minutes: Venture capitalist spreading funding to Middle America

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March 17, 2019


Steve Case, the man who co-founded America Online and injected the jingle "You've got mail!" into the American lexicon is now trying to steer venture capitalists and their money to areas they've typically overlooked. Mostly, small towns and cities in the middle of the country. His vehicle to do that is a $150 million dollar investment fund and a 35-foot long, bright red bus.

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Unmanned Systems: Aerial spraying with drones gains traction, slowly

Aerial drone sprayer at work

November 1, 2019

Rantizo has deployed its fleet of DJI Agras drones into Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. Farmers and agricultural firms in the company's service area are impressed, Ott says, with the capability of spraying 14 acres per hour. 


"We can apply where things are needed -- liquid insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, and solid cover crop seed, granular fertilizers, and pollen-beneficial insects," Ott says.

Clay & Milk: Rantizo becomes first company fully licensed for drone spraying in 10 states

Rantizo drone sprayer ready for launch in Memphis, Tennessee.

October 15, 2019

Lask week Rantizo, an agtech drone spraying startup, added 5 more states to its list of eligible operations. With the latest approvals, the Rantizo footprint has grown beyond the Midwest, spanning into eastern and southern states as well.


The Iowa City agtech startup is now licensed and approved to provide drone spraying services in 10 states across the country. 

Business Record: Rantizo awarded $40k at JPEVA

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September 12, 2019

Pappajohn gave $100,000 away to Iowa startup founders during the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Awards Luncheon, the finale of the annual venture competition the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in the state. 


Rantizo, an Iowa City-based precision drone application startup, received first place and accepted a $40,000 check from Pappajohn.

The Gazette: Rural Iowa needs better broadband access

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September 7, 2019

Insufficient broadband connectivity in rural America forces parents and children to rely on gas stations and fast food restaurants to do something as simple as homework. Of course, it isn’t truly ‘homework’ if they have to do it away from home. This lack of modern access leaves these families disconnected not only from the internet, but disconnected from the world.

Global Ag Network: #TechTuesday with Rantizo

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August 27, 2019

Michael Ott caught up with us to give us an update on Rantizo.

Silicon Prairie News: Rantizo improving the ag industry one drone at a time

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August 22, 2019

Last week, SPN had the chance to speak with Michael Ott, founder and CEO of Rantizo – a company offering a unique, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution to agrichemical spraying via drones.


Rantizo sells agricultural drones and drone spraying services. These drones deliver targeted sprays precisely where they are needed for various agricultural applications. Rantizo’s upgraded DJI Agras MG-1P Drones are currently being used in five states throughout the Midwest and are becoming more popular among farmers.

PrecisionAg Global: Precision Drone Application Expands in the U.S.

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August 21, 2019

Rantizo’s drone-spraying platform is growing in broad-area crops in the U.S., where many said it wasn’t feasible. We talk to CEO Michael Ott to understand how this emerging application method is getting traction with retailers and growers at any scale.

Commercial UAV News: Using drones in agriculture to spray fields with Rantizo

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August 20, 2019

For years, farmers relied on traditional methods like labor-intensive manual spraying, hired crop dusters or even agricultural aircraft to spray fields that were too large for manual labor. With the growth of the drone industry, the way farmers spray their fields could change drastically, as spraying with a drone provides improved benefits. Reduced labor costs and CapEx, reduced chemical exposure, better access to the field at various times during the growing season, and improved yields are some of those benefits.


To better understand why the company came up with its solution, how it is making a difference, and more, we connected with CEO & Co-Founder, Michael Ott.

CropLife: Rantizo Adds Three More Midwestern States to Approved Territory For Drone Spraying

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August 14, 2019

This week Rantizo became the first company approved for agricultural drone spraying in three additional states, further expanding the company’s territory to include Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The Iowa City based ag tech company is now the first and only approved for drone spraying in five Midwestern states: Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska.


“I really thought a farmer we were spraying for last week in Wisconsin said it well,” Ott mentioned. “He said, ‘I knew drones were coming to agriculture, but I didn’t realize that day was today.’”

Spudman: Ag drone spraying approved in Wisconsin, could come to other states soon

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July 31, 2019

Rantizo just became first company approved for agricultural drone spraying in the state of Wisconsin, which follows its recent approval for ag drone spraying in Iowa.


“(Since the approval in Iowa,) we’ve had requests for cover crop seeding, fungicide applications, even liquid copper sulfate spraying to control moss,” said Michael Ott, Rantizo CEO. “We’ve had calls with growers in almost every state in the country at this point.”

The Big Show: First Approved Drone Sprayers In Iowa

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July 12, 2019

We aren't surprised at all that it's our friends Mike and the Rantizo folks, who won the Ag Pitch competition at Iowa Power Farming Show and continue to lead the way in this usage of drones in Ag. Mike joins Andy and Doug to do a little celebrating, look ahead to the future and discuss how this could benefit your operation.

AgProfessional: First Company Approved For Ag Spraying Via Drone In Iowa

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July 11, 2019

Rantizo has received approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct spraying applications via drone in agricultural fields. This makes the agtech startup which is based in Iowa City, Iowa, the first and so far only company in the state with such approval. 


“Our drone technology had been ready for a few months; we just needed the regulatory landscape to get sorted out,” Rantizo CEO, Michael Ott said in a news release. “Building the technology is the easy part,” he continued.

Growing Produce: 7 Vegetable Pest Control Technologies of Tomorrow You’ll Want Today

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July 10, 2019

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones will soon do your spraying. But it won’t be a single, bigger, faster drone. It will be swarms. Cloud-enabled swarms of small drones will spray, computer driven through the cloud, each picking up where the other left off, returning to the home base for a fast swap of a new battery and quick-change chemical tank. The whole operation takes only one person, with computers doing the brain work. And this is in the retail market in China right now.

CBS2/FOX28: Iowa City company offering drones to make farming more efficient

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May 20, 2019

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa City based company Rantizo is making waves in the farming community with their new drone systems aimed at making crop dusting more efficient.


"One of the overarching issues is population is growing but there are fewer people working in agriculture," Michael Ott, the CEO for Rantizo said. "We need to be more precise and use technology and automation that's exactly what we are doing, understanding what the core problems are which is labor and availability of chemicals and delivering right where they need to be."

PrecisionAg: Three Agricultural Spray Drone Models That Promise to Be Breakthroughs

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May 6, 2019

Drone technology in agriculture has moved rapidly though the technology hype sequence, from curiosity to irrational exuberance to overblown misfit. In reality, drones at first were a solution in search of a problem, and the recalibration and emerging rebirth is exactly what the drone industry has needed.


A compelling aspect of this rebirth is the use of drones for spray application. What seemed far-fetched a few years ago is now being embraced by some prominent players among drone companies and crop protection manufacturers, resulting in partnerships that are moving the needle on drone-applied inputs.

Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman: Iowa ag start-up reaching for the sky

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May 6, 2019

It was “breakthrough innovations that farmers can use” that Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig was in search of last week, as he visited Iowa City-based Rantizo.


The drone company is focused on developing cost-effective fertilizer, herbicide or pesticide delivery systems via fleets of flying applicators. 


“What I’ve heard (during this visit) is a very cool innovation that is trying to address multiple issues that are really top-of-mind for folks,” Naig said. “This is really just an interesting piece of technology that has a lot of promise.”

The Gazette: Drone spraying can work for crops like hemp, grapes, says company

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April 29, 2019

Spraying pesticide or fertilizer soon could become more efficient — and high-tech — for Iowa farmers.


Representatives from Rantizo, an Iowa City-based drone company, touted its enhancements to existing aircraft to a small group of farmers, including some with a future interest in growing hemp, Friday afternoon at Fireside Winery in Marengo.


Vineyard grapes are just one example of the high-value, low-acre crops the drone technology can benefit, with other possibilities including cannabis, berries and fruits, said Rantizo CEO Michael Ott, who founded the company in early 2018.

WHO TV Agribusiness Report: Future of spraying in farm fields involves drones

Rantizo CEO, Michael Ott sharing his vision for drone spraying in Iowa farm fields on WHO TV.

April 27, 2019

An Iowa company is pioneering the next level of agricultural tech to use drones in farm fields.


Michael Ott, the CEO of Rantizo, says, "We think of it like a Roomba for a field. Where it goes out and applies just where it needs to go. That's our long term vision."


Rantizo wants to use drones for a host of agricultural spraying needs and soon the company will be the first in Iowa to be able to.


Founded last year, Rantizo has nearly gotten FAA approval for agriculture drones. Now the company is filing for patents on their products.

Episode 34 of Precision Vision Podcast: Drone sprayers - the next frontier

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March 4, 2019

On his last solo go Craig is joined by guest host Archie Kidd, Custom Applicator with Sunrise Cooperative, as they chat with Michael Ott, CEO of Rantizo, about his company and how they are changing the way applications are made through drone technology.

Iowa City Press-Citizen: Iowa City company innovating pesticides with drones

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February 26, 2019

The modern farmer knows that pests in the field are not a problem for the whole field. They are localized to certain areas. But because it's difficult to recognize where pests are located and target these areas, farmers — whether with ground rigs or crop dusters — tend toward a "full coverage" approach when it comes to pesticide application.


Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg got a first hand look at Rantizo, an Iowa City based drone company, that is approaching pesticides from the skies. 

The Daily Iowan: Iowa City ag startup looks to Governor's Office for better rural internet

Rantizo CEO, Michael Ott discusses rural broadband with Iowa Lieutenant Governor, Adam Gregg

February 26, 2019

An Iowa City company seeks to bring new technology to the fields with automated drones, but employees would like Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to increase bandwidth in rural Iowa to help with connectivity.

Rural Radio Network: Live from the AgTech Innovation Competition

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February 6, 2019

Chad Moyer, Rural Radio Network, interviews Michael Ott with Rantizo after winning the AgTech Innovation Competition at the Iowa Power Farming Show on January 30, 2019.

Clay & Milk: Rantizo wins $20,000 at AgTech Innovation Competition

Michael Ott, Rantizo CEO accepts the Grand Prize award at the AgTech Innovation Competition.

February 1, 2019

Iowa City-based startup Rantizo took home $20,000 on Wednesday after winning the AgTech Innovation Competition in Des Moines.


“People are beginning to see just how viable the Rantizo solution is for agrichemical spraying,” Ott said in the announcement. “Our drone sprayer is ‘moving from a toy to a tool’ and that’s definitely a win for us.”

Successful Farming: Five start-ups ready to compete at Iowa Power Farming Show

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January 21, 2019

As the Iowa Power Farming Show readies for visitors at the end of the month, five ag tech start-ups are also preparing to pitch their solutions to a problem facing agriculture. 


Episode 20 of Farming The Countryside: Farm Journal's AgTech

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December 14, 2018

How soon will drones take over much of the work in crop fields? This week we tackle that subject with two guests who are in the know.

Ag News Daily: 2018 drone spraying with Rantizo

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December 11, 2018

It's #TechTuesday and Delaney brings us a conversation with Michael Ott from Rantizo, a young company utilizing drones for herbicide application.

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