Agtech

  • TechAccel, Iowa Corn Opportunities Invest in Agrivida

    TechAccel, a venture and developmental partner focused on the agriculture, animal health, and food sectors, and Iowa Corn Opportunities, the equity funding arm of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, have jointly announced separate investments in St. Louis-based biotech animal nutrition company Agrivida Inc. "TechAccel and Iowa Corn Opportun

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  • Jain Irrigation Acquires Australian Agtech Company, Observant

    India-based Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. announced its fourth overseas acquisition, having agreed to acquire Australian agtech company Observant for an undisclosed amount. Through the deal, Jain Irrigation will acquire the technology and core team of Observant, which provides in-field hardware and cloud-based applications for precision farm

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  • Ag-Tech Funding Falls Amid Broader VC Pullback

    Venture capital funding in the agtech market slowed in 2016, falling by 30 percent to $3.2 billion versus 2015 levels, and interrupting three consecutive years of rising investments, according to AgFunder, a San Francisco-based online investment platform for agtech. The pullback, which hit bioenergy, drone technology, and food delivery star

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  • India’s RML AgTech Secures $4 Million in Follow-On Investments

    Powai, Mumbai-based IvyCap Ventures, a private equity firm, has invested $4 million into local ag-tech startup RML AgTech, as PE Hub reported. RML, which raised the capital in a Series B round, delivers tailored data to 1.4 million Indian farmers via an app on the farmer’s smartphone. IvyCap directed the capital to RML over a series of tranc

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  • FarmLogs Chief Talks Investment, Expansion and Commodities

    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based, FarmLogs has begun 2017 having realized multiple achievements including raising its largest funding round to date of $22 million in a Series C, bolstering its influence to more than one-fifth of U.S. row crop acres under management, and expanding its footprint with a new office in Des Moines, Iowa.  Jesse Vollmar, F

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  • Clean-Tech Startup Raising Series B to Detox Farm Production

    Thymox, a clean technology company dedicated to animal health, crop protection, and environmental disinfecting, is determined to replace “bad chemicals” used in agriculture with non-toxic and environmentally-friendly alternatives. Investors are on-board, and have returned to back the Sherbrooke, Quebec-based startup in a Series B round as

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  • SOSV Closes Fund III at $150M

    SOSV, “the accelerator VC” - a venture capital firm that is a little different in that it owns and operates its own portfolio of accelerators, announced that it has closed its third fund at $150 million. Over the past 20 years SOSV has grown to be a global fund with $300 million in assets under management that graduates more than 150 co

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  • Montreal-Based Ag Biotech Chief Talks Equity, Expansion and Exits

    Montreal-based Inocucor received the green light from Canadian regulators in recent weeks to register a pair of biological products, Synergro and Synergro Free. The approvals come even as the company is raising a Series B round of equity of between $10 million and $12 million ahead of an expansion that stretches from the lower 48, down to Sout

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  • VC Giants Commit $33M to Food Tech Startup Apeel Sciences

    Apeel Sciences, a Santa Barbara-based food tech startup, has raised $33 million in a Series B led by venture capital giants, Andreessen Horowitz and DBL Partners, and including new and existing investors, Upfront Ventures, Seed2Growth, Powerplant Ventures, and Tao Capital Partners. Apeel was founded by James Rogers, a PhD graduate of the Un

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  • Monsanto/Novozyme Partnership Launches World’s First Upstream Corn Inoculant

    The BioAg Alliance, a partnership that brings together Novozyme’s operations and capabilities in microbial discovery, development, and production with Monsanto’s microbial advanced biology, field testing, and commercial capabilities, has announced the launch of world’s first upstream corn inoculant, Acceleron® B-300 SAT. Acceleron®

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