Agriculture industries continue to improve our region


Economic Impact of AgTech Sector

Agriculture has been the backbone of the Greater Fargo-Moorhead regional economy since homesteaders started farming the land over 150 years ago. Since that time, our region’s strength in agriculture and innovation has spawned a multitude of agriculture technologies and global equipment companies dedicated to improving productivity, efficiency and life on the farm

Technology Breakthroughs

Early AgTech pioneers in North Dakota developed:

Since these early technology breakthroughs, the region continues building on its innovative culture. Many companies have come together to create a regional hub for sharing ideas and entrepreneurship.

An initiative led by Emerging Prairie that aims to capitalize on the region’s potential in the agriculture and technology industries. The 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.

With NDSU, a land-grant research university, playing a lead role in innovative ag research and a collaborative, work-hard heritage, the region continues to build on its cutting edge innovations to feed the world.

Recognized as an international leader in agriculture technology (AgTech), a groundbreaking coalition of five North Dakota entities was named as an award winner for up to $15 million over the next two years with potential to receive up to $160 million over ten years as part of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines program.

$28 million in infrastructure being built to enable drones across the state to fly Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of their pilots. This network would be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Industry Impact

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Companies & Ecosystem Partners

Some of the biggest and strongest brands in ag equipment, technology, and manufacturing have been started or developed here.

Ecosystem overview

Our Partners

Occupation Overview

Educational Completions

Education Pipeline in AgTech


Educational Completions

Annual Job Openings in AgTech

Fargo-Moorhead’s labor market epitomizes the Midwestern work ethic. Local employers enjoy a stable base of employees with high productivity, low turnover and low absenteeism.

SOC Description 2022 Jobs Avg. Annual Openings 2022 Hires 2023 Hires
11-3020 Computer and Information Systems Managers 277 27 85 87
15-1210 Computer and Information Analysts 279 50 113 150
15-1220 Computer and Information Research Scientists 14 6 <10 17
15-1240 Database and Network Administrators and Architects 388 39 112 114
15-1250 Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers 1,699 188 545 550
15-1290 Miscellaneous Computer Occupations 244 38 95 97
17-2020 Agricultural Engineers 0 0 0 0
17-2060 Computer Hardware Engineers 101 15 25 26
17-2070 Electrical and Electronics Engineers 181 25 64 70
17-2140 Mechanical Engineers 203 19 64 68
19-1010 Agricultural and Food Scientists 223 35 140 143
19-4010 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians 133 27 86 85
41-4010 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 2,164 282 802 823
45-2010 Agricultural Inspectors <10 1 <10 <10
5,911 751 2,141 2,233

AgTech Earnings

Fargo-Moorhead’s labor market epitomizes the Midwestern work ethic. Local employers enjoy a stable base of employees with high productivity, low turnover and low absenteeism.

*Data Source: Lightcast

AgTech Industry Documents & Information

Education, Incentives and Information

There’s plenty talent to support your long-term success. From a  strong K-12 pipeline to diverse classes that graduate plenty of talent. 

The region also offers great incentives and capital resources to support our growing primary-sector businesses. 

Ecosystem Overview

Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Boson Motors


“It is a really neat environment, where folks with experience that want to help (along with) with new entrepreneurs trying to solve problems (that are) globally diverse; this is an area that is rich with transformational impact in agriculture.”

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Greg Tehven

Founder & CEO - Emerging Prairie & Founder of Grand Farm

“The decision for Soiltech to choose Fargo as the hub for our Midwest operations was an easy one. There is a genuine enthusiasm to foster development and provide true support to growing companies in the Fargo Moorhead region. GFMEDC, The Grand Farm and Plug and Play did not just talk – they took real action. They warmly welcomed Soiltech, helped facilitate meaningful connections and made the process of developing a presence there truly seamless. We look forward to expanding our operations in the region and hope to help the agriculture industry with our technology.”


Ehsan Soltan

Founder & CEO - Soiltech

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