Ag Trends and Outlook

  • Ukraine Turns to Internet to Boost Agribusiness

    With the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry will be launching a web portal to connect players all along the ag value chain in that country. “Such a platform will allow representatives of Ukrainian business and exporters of agrarian products to receive free profe

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  • Rabobank Releases Report on Sugar Consumption Trends

    Rabobank has released a report chronicling changing global attitudes towards sugar. The report, Sweetness and Lite: How Vulnerable is Global Sugar Consumption to Food & Beverage Trends? is available online. The report finds attitudes towards sugar are changing globally. As the concerns of consumers and governments have gained momentum,

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  • Public-Private Partnership Looks to Grow Ag Processing Sector in Kentucky

    The Department of Agriculture in the U.S. state of Kentucky is engaging with public and private partners to grow its processor, manufacturer, and other agribusinesses sector. Agriculture is a US$46B business in Kentucky, with 154 food manufacturers, 50 nonalcoholic beverage manufacturers, and 34 distilleries all contributing. “Extremely

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  • Monsanto Growth Ventures, Otter Capital lead $24M Series C for NewLeaf

    Agricultural biologicals company NewLeaf Symbiotics announced it has successfully closed a $24 million Series C co-led by Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV) and Otter Capital, and also including Lewis & Clark Ventures, Rockport Capital, Pangaea Ventures, and Open Prairie Ventures among others.   Since its launch in 2013 through the

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  • Agriculture as an Asset Class

    by Michael DeSa Founder/CEO, AGD Consulting Agriculture is one of the oldest asset classes in the world, time tested and proven to weather economic uncertainty. Within agriculture, farmland has historically proven itself as a tangible, stable storage of wealth, appreciating approximately 3.5 percent annually over the last 30 years.  

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  • Takeaways From GAI AgTech Week 2017 – Labor Pains

    Often when discussing agricultural production and agtech innovation, the conversation focuses on the challenges associated with factors such as crop yields, inputs, and climate change - all valid and important considerations. These topics of study and development are also largely quantifiable (which is a very good thing) however, labor issues

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  • Takeaways From GAI AgTech Week 2017 – Adoption

    There is a universal imperative for global agricultural production - it must produce more with less. Population growth means the industry must produce more food, however, urbanization and pollution mean that it must achieve this goal with less land. Meanwhile, consumers and environmentalists are pushing for the reduction or elimination of the

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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: Executives in Transition

    Non-Traditional Player Alert - Top Talent - I was contacted this morning by a former senior government figure seeking her next role in the agriculture sector. She had a sense that there may be dynamic and novel types of board and management roles to be found among investors, private equity, venture capital, and agtech non-traditional players w

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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: AgTech Trends – Asia

    AgTech trends - I've been traveling the last two weeks meeting with agricultural stakeholders. Japanese agtech firms are proliferating to meet the demographic and productivity challenges of farming in Japan, and they wish to offer their solutions across Asia, and the world. I met with firms with robotics technologies for handling delicate f

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  • Boston AgTech Innovation Spotlight: American Robotics

    As a lead up to GAI AgTech Week 2017, the GAI team thought it would be interesting to tell you about some of the local agtech players we've been meeting during our planning of this third annual agtech event, which will take place in Boston in June. American Robotics Reese Mozer Founder & CEO American Robotics is a drone develop

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