Agtech

  • Indian Supply Chain Management Startup Raises $1.5M Seed Round

    Indian agtech farm-to-business (F2B) startup Crofarm raised a Rs 10 cr (US$1.5 million) seed round that included U.S.-based Factor[e] Ventures, Mukul Singhal and Rohit Jain, former principals at SAIF Partners; angel investor Himanshu Aggarwal; co-founder and CEO of Aspiring Minds, Ashish Gupta; and vice president at Paytm, Sunil Goyal, among

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  • Dupont Acquires Farm Management Software Company Granular

    Various outlets are reporting that Dupont Pioneer has acquired farm management software platform startup Granular. Terms have not been officially disclosed, however AgFunder is reporting a value of $300M. The transaction marks a successful exit in the sector as Granular had raised over $24M to date in two rounds, the second being a $18.7

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  • The Next Step in Controlled-Environment Agriculture Automation

    Indoor farmers will have new options for automation after Agrilyst, which provides farm management and automation software for indoor farms, and controls hardware and software for hydroponic and greenhouse automation provider Motorleaf, will now share data. The companies announced in a recent press release that connecting Motorleaf devi

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  • 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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  • Premier Crop Systems to Advance Latest Platform with Syngenta Ventures Investment

    Syngenta Ventures, the venture capital arm of Syngenta, has made a minority investment in Iowa-based Premier Crop Systems (PCS) - a producer of digital tools that help better inform agronomists and farmers to utilize their data to its highest potential. Now in its nineteenth year, PCS labels itself “an agronomy company that looks like a s

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  • AGCO to Acquire Precision Planting from The Climate Corp

    Global agricultural equipment company AGCO announced it has agreed to acquire Precision Planting LLC from Monsanto subsidiary The Climate Corporation for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1993 in Tremont, Illinois, Precision Planting develops agtech products that deliver precision spacing and depth control for crop production. The company

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  • Israeli Digital Farming Startup Prospera Raises $15M Series B

    Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated, has led a $15 million Series B for Tel Aviv-based digital farming startup Prospera. Other investors contributing to the round include Cisco Investments, ICV, and existing investor Bessemer Venture Partners. This Series B brings Prospera’s total fundraising to date to $22 million

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  • Vertical Farming Startup Raises Largest Agtech Funding Round in History

    San Francisco-based indoor vertical farming startup Plenty has raised a $200 million Series B led by SoftBank Vision Fund - the $93 billion all-stage tech fund headed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son.  Other participants in the round include affiliates of Louis M. Bacon, the founder of Moore Capital Management, and existing investors Eri

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  • Making the Most of the Internet of Soil

    By Tomer Tzach, CEO of CropX The soil under your feet is still as mysterious as the ocean’s depths. The soil is a dynamic ecosystem with physical attributes that help determine storage capacity of the soil relative to fertility, and water and biological attributes make the soil a living, breathing organism. Even after years of study, ther

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  • Agricool Raises US$9.1M to Advance Containerized Farming

    Paris-based container farming startup, Agricool, announced it has raised US$9.1 million through a funding round that includes Jacques-Antoine Granjon, the founder of  Vente-Privee.com; entrepreneur, Thibault Elziere; and existing investors, Henri Seydoux, the founder of drone company, Parrot and venture capital firm, Daphni. This round co

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