A local college student is being honored for his efforts to make farming safer and a little easier.
Now, he’s also a couple thousand dollars richer.
Josh Doering, a junior at Morningside College, and already has his own business that he created with an invention to help farmers unload seed boxes.
While in Chicago this past Monday, Doering was hand selected from a few dozen college students from across the country for his innovation for the agriculture industry called the Seed Slide. It’s a gadget that lets farmers open seed boxes remotely so they don’t have to climb ladders and empty seeds into planters.
Doering participated in Future Founders U.Pitch, which is a competition that’s similar to ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank”.
Doering says the idea behind the Seed Slide, was inspired by his father, who’s a farmer.
“I got first place, there were other great competitors who had great ideas and stuff so it was very humbling to be selected among all of them,” said Doering.
Doering says the whole idea was created and implemented within an eight month time span. He says his future plans include graduating in May of 2017 and to continue with the Seed Slide business.
So far he has sold 30 Seed Slides, but he says none of that would have been possible without the help from his family, professors and mentors.