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Recently I spoke at the OKA Institute Water Sustainability Conference on Israel's rise as a water superpower, or what I call, "The Aqua Nation." In my talk I spoke about Israel's amazing accomplishments in the area of water, such as: Israel treats nearly all of it's sewage and reuses almost 90% of it for agriculture Israel is the only country in the world with a net gain of trees over the past century Israel is the only country in the...

Baruch HaLevi and Don Schoen are on a mission to unite the Start-up Nation and the Silicon Prairie through welaunch, a U.S.-based not-for-profit that connects Israeli companies to business and investment opportunities and resources throughout its Silicon Prairie network. CEO and cofounder HaLevi says he has deep roots to the American Midwest. He was born and raised in Omaha, went to the University of Kansas, and led his first synagogue in Des Moines before moving on to Boston, then Israel. However, he found...

BY MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN Government officials, industry leaders and corporate executives from the Midwest are hoping to cultivate economic development between Israel and “Silicon Prairie”: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. A group of 10 interested individuals will be in Israel from May 6-10 on a joint mission of Israel’s Economic Mission to the Midwest, Jewish National Fund and the newly developed welaunch nonprofit entity, which aims to promote commerce, investment and partnership...

Eat Bugs. This is one of the primary ways we will save the environment, create enough food for the coming generations and live healthier lives. Grasshoppers. Fruit Flies. Crickets…. This is what we will be calling breakfast, lunch and dinner in the coming years. No, not grasshopper-head-granola or cricket-cooked-croutons. Rather, think grasshopper protein powder or cricket cooking oil. These creepy crawlies are exceedingly high in protein, inexpensive, quick to raise and have virtually no negative impact on the environment. You think it's gross? You ever...

This is gonna be hug. Driverless tractors. A perfect match for collaboration with Israel, one of the centers of Autonomous Vehicle R&D. https://clayandmilk.com/2018/02/27/smart-ag-innovating-agtech/?utm_source=Clay+%26+Milk.&utm_campaign=8ff75f67ee-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9361eb2e53-8ff75f67ee-60413969 #welaunch #autonomousvehicles @clayandmilk #siliconprairie #startupnation #agtech #agritech...

One of the most fascinating, promising and important sectors of technology is food-tech. Humanity, after all, is on a food collision course with our food. demand is expected to increase anywhere between 59% to 98% by 2050 and our production is not keeping pace.  If we continue along this current trajectory, the simple math and sad truth is that people will suffer and die! Thank goodness, however, for precision agriculture and food technologies, both of which are allowing us to do more...

“Are you a mountain person, desert person or an ocean person,” someone recently asked me?  As I stood there thinking about it i realized I’m none of the above. Although it may not be sexy, cool or all that popular, I’m a “wide open fields” kind of guy. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in Nebraska, literally across the street from corn fields. Maybe it’s because I went to school in Kansas, around the corner from endless fields of wheat. Or...

Here is a now daily conversation I have with Israeli entrepreneurs. When they ask me what I do, I share with them that I am CEO of welaunch, a social enterprise, helping The Startup Nation (Israel) find The Silicon Prairie (US Midwest); and facilitating in the Silicon Prairie attracting the startups, companies and technologies of The Startup Nation. When they ask me what the Silicon Prairie has to offer, I share with them information like you'll find in this article. Silicon...

Here's a great article by Christine McGuigan at  SILICON PRAIRIE NEWS about Omaha & Lincoln Nebraska, two key players within the Silicon Prairie (a term I learned from my friend, Jeff Slobotski, CEO of Router Ventures quoted in this article). There is tremendous need not only to connect these two cities, but all the cities and states within this region. In the words of of JFK, "a rising tide lifts all boats." This is a serious region with huge technological potential which will...