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

Rantizo RTK drone sprayer

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."

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

Rantizo enhanced agricultural spraying drone with proprietary configurable boom

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.

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

Rantizo Director of Technology, Mike Schmitz discusses drones with Iowa Secretary of Ag, Mike Naig

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.”

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

Rantizo enhanced DJI Agras drone for agricultural spraying. Ready for launch at vineyard.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

DJI Agras drone

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 


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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.

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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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