Click on a date to find out more:
  • (5/19/2014) Celebrating three tender years!
  • (12/25/2013) Merry Christmas from AFS
  • (8/9/2013) Agricultural Food Systems featured on CNNMoney.com
  • (5/19/2013) Two years in business
  • (3/8/2013) Testing Begins
  • (2/14/2013) Will You Beef My Valentine? Have a Tender Valentine’s Day!
  • (1/15-17/2013) AFS at the National Western Stock Show
  • (1/10/2013) AFS Featured on Bloomberg Businessweek (and Mentioned on Reuters)
  • (12/25/2012) Merry Christmas and a Tender New Year
  • (11/8/2012) Agricultural Food Systems Completes ARK Challenge Accelerator Program
  • (9/4/2012) Agricultural Food Systems featured in Arkansas Business (again)
  • (8/20/2012) Agricultural Food Systems selected for the ARK Challenge
  • (7/9/2012) Agricultural Food Systems featured in Arkansas Business
  • (7/4/2012) Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Tenderness
  • (5/19/2012) One year in business
  • (1/1/2012) New Year’s update
  • (12/25/2011) Merry Cow-ristmas from Agricultural Food Systems
  • (5/19/2011) Agricultural Food Systems is officially a company
  • (5/26/2011) Agricultural Food Systems takes second at 2011 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition
  • (4/20/2011) Agricultural Food Systems wins big at 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup

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Celebrating three tender years!

5/19/2014- Siloam Springs, AR
AFS3Years
Check out three lessons that CEO Lawson Hembree has learned after three years with AFS: “Lessons from Three Years as an Entrepreneur

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Merry Christmas from Agricultural Food Systems

12/25/2013- Siloam Springs, AR

AFSChristmas2013

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Agricultural Food Systems Featured on CNNMoney.com

8/9/2013- Siloam Springs, AR

CEO Lawson Hembree with the first TenderID prototype

Agricultural Food Systems is honored to be one of six Arkansas startups featured in a CNNMoney article entitled “Forget Silicon Valley. These Startups are Hot on Arkansas” by Parija Bhatnagar. We are definitely excited to be a part of the growing small business ecosystem in the Arkansas. Between the proximity of international leaders (and former startups) Tyson Foods and Walmart and the willingness of experienced businesspeople to mentor young founders like us, we have found the Natural State to be the perfect location for building a foundation to transform the way food quality is measured.

[It was also great to see two other companies founded by fellow John Brown University grads (Craftistas and James+James Furniture) included in the list. If you’re looking for a place to get a superior business education (grad or undergrad), we highly recommend JBU.]

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Two Years in Business

5/19/2013- Siloam Springs, AR

It has been two years since AFS was founded!

With each passing day, AFS is getting closer to bringing the TenderID to market, enabling beef processors to accurately predict the tenderness of their product in order to better communicate it to consumers. Currently, we are undergoing testing with the United States Department of Agriculture and continuing to develop strategic relationships within the beef industry. If you’re interested in joining AFS in transforming the way food quality is measured, check out our “Investment Opportunities” page. As AFS enters its third year, the management team is excited about the possibilities ahead.

Thank you for your continued interest, support, and encouragement!

To read about the lessons that CEO Lawson Hembree has learned in the past year, check out this post on his blog: Lessons from Two Years as an Entrepreneur

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Testing Begins

TestingAnnouncement

Agricultural Food Systems will begin testing of the TenderID on March 25. The purpose of the testing is two-fold: 1) to confirm the inventor’s initial test findings using a larger sample size 2) to qualify the TenderID to be used by processors to implement the new “USDA Tender” and “USDA Very Tender” marketing initiative.

The testing will take place in several phases. If you are a processor interested in beta testing the TenderID, contact AFS at founders@agfoodsystems.com.

Thank you for your support and encouragement!

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Will You Beef My Valentine? Have a Tender Valentine’s Day!

2/14/2013- Siloam Springs, AR

AFS VDAY

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AFS at the National Western Stock Show

1/15-17/2013- Denver, CO

AFS CEO Lawson Hembree and his father visiting producers at the stockyards of the National Western Stock Show

The National Western Stock Show, held annually in Denver, is the world’s largest stock show. Agricultural Food Systems’ CEO Lawson Hembree visited this year’s stock show in order to connect with cattle producers and breed organizations (including Certified Angus Beef) from around the United States and learn more about their needs within the food chain. When told about the TenderID, many producers offered positive feedback based on the opportunities it could offer as far as the information they receive from processors concerning their cattle. The more data that producers receive regarding the grades of their animals, the better they can select cattle pairings that produce qualities desired by processors and consumers alike. AFS looks forward to enabling them to make better breeding decisions that result in higher tenderness scores across the industry.

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AFS Featured on Bloomberg Businessweek (and Mentioned on Reuters)

1/10/2013- Siloam Springs, AR

Agricultural Food Systems had the honor of being mentioned in a Bloomberg Businessweek article highlighting innovations in the food and agriculture space. We’d like to thank Businessweek and Ira Sager for the coverage. You can read the full article here: Farm Bots and Two-Month-Old Bread: Innovations in Food and Agriculture
Additionally, AFS was briefly mentioned in an article on Reuters highlighting tech-based food-focused companies launching out of incubators. The ARK Challenge is one of the featured incubators covered. The article refers to AFS as a “high-tech meat analytics firm.” Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Read the full article here: Taking a Tip From Tech, Food Incubators Launch Startups

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Merry Christmas and a Tender New Year!

12/25/2012- Siloam Springs, AR

AFSXmas

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Agricultural Food Systems Completes ARK Challenge Accelerator Program

CEO Lawson Hembree pitching AFS at the ARK Challenge Demo Day

11/8/2012- Fayetteville, AR

On November 8, Agricultural Food Systems participated in the Demo Day for the ARK Challenge, a 14-week accelerator program for startups focused on agriculture, retail, and logistics based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Demo Day took place at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and was attended by over 200 investors, business leaders, and community members. In addition to getting to present in front of the audience, the management team was able to demonstrate the new TenderID production model for Demo Day attendees.

Agricultural Food Systems is very thankful for the opportunity to participate in the ARK Challenge and for the advice, relationships, and progress gained throughout the process. If you’re interested in applying to be a part of the next ARK Challenge, click here.

ARK Challenge founders with Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe

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Agricultural Food Systems featured in Arkansas Business (again)

9/4/2012- Little Rock, AR

Agricultural Food Systems is honored to be selected as the featured Innovate Arkansas client in Arkansas Business this month. In this month’s piece, CEO Lawson Hembree discusses the current status of AFS, being a part of the ARK Challenge, the benefits of being an Innovate Arkansas client, and the growing entrepreneurship community in Arkansas.

Check out the articles:

AFS CEO Lawson Hembree
Photo by Daniel Williams, Daniel Paul Creative (visit website)

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AFS selected for the ARK Challenge

8/20/2012- Fayetteville, AR

Agricultural Food Systems has been selected as 1 of the 15 companies to be a part of the inaugural cohort of the ARK Challenge. The ARK is a new mentorship-driven business accelerator program designed to advance three strong industry clusters in Northwest Arkansas: retail, transportation & logistics, and food processing. AFS was selected from a pool of 83 applicants, including 18 from outside of the United States. To learn more about the ARK Challenge program, check out their website or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Needless to say, AFS is honored to be a part of the ARK. The accelerator will allow time for the development and fabrication of the next prototype as well as an opportunity to network with mentors and advisers who can lend their expertise to the further growth and development of the company.

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AFS featured in Arkansas Business

7/9/2012- Little Rock, AR

Agricultural Food Systems had the honor of being included in the July 9th issue of Arkansas Business magazine. We are thankful for all that John Brown University, the University of Arkansas, Arkansas Business, Innovate Arkansas, and others are doing to promote entrepreneurship in our great state.

Check out the full article here on the Arkansas Business website.

AFS and CEO Lawson Hembree was also featured on the Innovate Arkansas blog several times in the past few weeks:

CEO Lawson Hembree practices his Rocky moves at Benton County Processing                                                             Photo credit: Michael Pirnique

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Happy Independence Day from Agricultural Food Systems!

7/4/2012- Siloam Springs, AR

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One Year in Business

5/19/2012- Siloam Springs, AR

It has been one year since our incorporation! The year has flown by and what a year it has been.

With each passing day, AFS is getting closer to bringing the TenderID to market, enabling beef processors to accurately predict the tenderness of their product in order to better communicate it to consumers. The management team has been working with several different Arkansas companies to design, produce, and test the production model of the TenderID as well as exploring different investment opportunities (if you’d be interested in investing, check out our “Investment Opportunities” page). As AFS enters its second year, the management team is excited about the possibilities ahead.

Thank you for your continued interest, support, and encouragement!

To read about the lessons that CEO Lawson Hembree has learned in the past year, check out this post on his blog: Lessons from One Year as an Entrepreneur

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New Year’s Update

1/1/2012- Siloam Springs, AR

Happy New Year from the Agricultural Food Systems Management Team! As we begin 2012, AFS is getting close to the launch of the TenderID. We have been working to streamline the design of the TenderID to get it ready for implementation in beef processing plants across the country. We expect the TenderID to be ready for the market during the first quarter of 2012.  If you would like more information on AFS, visit the Contact AFS tab.

Thank you for your continued support of AFS!

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Merry Cow-ristmas from Agricultural Food Systems!

12/25/2011- Siloam Springs, AR

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Agricultural Food Systems is Officially a Company

5/19/2011- Siloam Springs, AR

After positive feedback during the Governor’s Cup process, Agricultural Food Systems has taken the steps necessary to become a registered company. AFS will be headquartered in Siloam Springs, AR. The management team is excited about bringing the TenderID to market in order to improve the beef market!

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Agricultural Food Systems takes Second at 2011 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition

5/26/2011- Las Vegas, Nevada

The AFS Management Team in Las Vegas at the Tri-State Awards Dinner

On May 24, AFS and Craftistas, another business plan team from John Brown University, traveled to Las Vegas to represent JBU and the State of Arkansas in the 2011 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition. AFS competed against the top two teams from the business plan competitions in Oklahoma and Nevada.

Agricultural Food Systems took second place overall behind their fellow JBU team Craftistas. AFS also won the Elevator Pitch competition (another clean sweep by John Brown University teams!). The AFS management team would like to thank all of those who supported them throughout the state and tri-state competitions, especially the faculty, staff, and students of John Brown University.

The next step for Agricultural Food Systems is to begin operations in Arkansas. The company has already filed as an LLC and will begin manufacturing and sales after completing the license for the TenderID.

Read the official JBU Press Release about the 2011 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition here: http://www.jbu.edu/news/press_releases/?id=4152

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Agricultural Food Systems wins big at 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup

4/20/2011- Little Rock, Arkansas

The AFS management team with awards from the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup

On April 20, 2011, the Agricultural Food Systems team from John Brown University traveled down to Little Rock with the other two JBU teams, GardenCraft and Craftistas, for the 11th annual Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup awards luncheon. The Governor’s Cup is a business plan competition for undergraduate and graduate students in the state of Arkansas sponsored by the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation. Fifty undergraduate teams from colleges and universities all over Arkansas submitted plans for this year’s competition, of which twelve made it into the semi-finals and six made the finals.

Agricultural Food Systems won all four awards in the undergraduate division: Elevator Pitch, Innovation, Agriculture, and First Place Undergraduate. Craftistas and GardenCraft placed Second and Third in the undergraduate division respectively, giving John Brown University the clean sweep in the undergraduate division! Both AFS and Craftistas will be traveling to Las Vegas May 24-26 to represent the State of Arkansas and John Brown University in the Donald W. Reynold’s Tri-State Competition.

Read more about the success of AFS and JBU at the Governor’s Cup in the following articles:

JBU Press Release: http://jbu.edu/news/press_releases/?id=4077

Arkansas Business: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?aID=126369&page=1

Innovate Arkansas: http://blog.innovatearkansas.org/2011/04/20/afs-at-govs-cup-extra-juicy-please/

Talk Business: http://www.talkbusiness.net/article/GOVERNOR-S-CUP-BUSINESS-WINNERS-ANNOUNCED/1794/

Arkansas Online Elevator Pitch video: http://www.arkansasonline.com/videos/2011/apr/20/4706/

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/apr/21/john-brown-team-piles-awards-20110421/?subscriber/business

Soderquist Center: http://www.soderquist.org/blog/2011/4/21/jbu-sweeps-reynolds-governors-cup.html

AEAF Press Release: http://aeafoundation.com/files/2011/04/DWRGC-Winner-Release-2011-FINAL.pdf

AFS Intro Video [YouTube]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-FQt4eYr_A

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