The Ag Startup Engine at the Iowa State University Research Park today announced that Peterson Genetics Inc. in Cedar Falls has joined the effort as the ninth member company. Launched two years ago, the Ag Startup Engine seeks to bring education, mentoring and financing resources to Iowa entrepreneurs and startups focused on agriculture technologies. “Here at Peterson Genetics, we’re excited about seeing the seed of a new idea grow into a successful business,” Mike Peterson, company president, said in a release. “We’ve been providing soybean genetics to seed companies across the country for over 30 years, and hope that some of this knowledge can be put to use for the fledgling companies involved in the Ag Startup Engine.”