The EZ Manufacturing, founded by Bruce and Connie Goddard (Charles City, IA), received the Innovation Award. EZ Manufacturing was founded in 2016 when Bruce Goddard invented the Bale Storm Processor. The Bale Storm Processor is the only rear-attached straw bale processor on the market, and is capable of completely changing the way livestock owners care for their cattle. In Summer 2019, EZ Manufacturing signed a licensing agreement with Kelly Ryan Equipment to manufacture and distribute the Bale Storm Processor nationwide. EZ Manufacturing is thriving by focusing on their core values: creating innovative, safe, efficient, and functional ways to help fellow farmers.