LAWRENCE — A Kansas biotechnology company has tapped a well-known founder to lead its innovative efforts to convert waste biomass into fuel for the earth — announcing Jason Tatge as the new CEO of PrairieFood.
Tatge is a twice-exited startup leader, having previously led Farms Technology and Farmobile to acquisitions, and high-profile member of the Pipeline Entrepreneurs network. He most recently served as senior vice president for AGI (Ag Growth International).
The serial ag entrepreneur is an organic fit for the Lawrence-based company, which developed a patented process of turning waste into renewable and cost-competitive micro-carbon products, according to PrairieFood.
“Tatge brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the agricultural industry to the PrairieFood team,” the company said in an announcement. “Throughout his career, he has proven exceptional leadership and has been instrumental in driving innovation and growth in the companies he has been a part of or founded.”
“His extensive background in commodity trading, technology and data solutions, and senior management position in large ag public companies uniquely positions him to lead PrairieFood during this exciting phase of the PrairieFood journey,” the company continued.
Tatge expressed plans to “lead the company to even greater heights” as CEO, noting it already has made significant strides in revolutionizing micro-carbon technology.
PrairieFood also announced its co-founder and previous CEO, Robert K. Herrington — himself a longtime member of Pipeline Entrepreneurs and the network’s 2007 mentor of the year — would transition to the role of chairman of the board. Herrington is expected to continue to provide strategic guidance and contribute to PrairieFood’s mission of transforming agriculture through innovative solutions, the company said.
“His visionary leadership has been instrumental in the company’s success thus far, and his continued involvement as chairman ensures a seamless transition and ongoing support,” PrairieFood said in a release.
Herrington voiced confidence in Tatge’s ability to lead the company forward — and remaining committed to enhancing soil health, promoting regenerative farming practices, and driving positive environmental benefits
“As chairman of the board, I will work closely with him and the entire team to further our commitment of developing and commercializing new micro-carbon technologies,” he said. “In doing so, PrairieFood will be the leader in expanding circular economies on a global scale.”