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  • The Art of Tax-Free Farmland Transactions: Sponsored by Gladstone Land Company

    by Jessica Donnel, Writer and Reporter at And NowUKnow MCLEAN, VA - By now, the produce industry might be pretty well acquainted with our friends at Gladstone Land Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT), but perhaps not with how the company works to benefit farmers. Namely, allowing farmers to sell a farm to the company in a

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  • Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Ushers in New Investors, Raises $700,000

    The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, which is a product of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor, has attracted a trio of new investors to commit $100,000 each, bringing the tally of investors to seven, and the total capital raised to $700,000.  All of the investors are from the private sector. The new investors --

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  • Land O’Lakes Hunts Farmer Drone Solution With $150k Challenge

    Land O’Lakes has launched a challenge for tech innovators to develop a complete drone solution -- including both hardware and software -- for farmers. Land O’Lakes, which has partnered with HeroX and the University of Minnesota for the challenge, will award $150,000 across a single grand prize and a pair of runners-up who meet the coop’s

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  • Cape Town’s Naspers Ventures Makes U.S. Investment Push

    Naspers Ventures, a 101-year old South African-based venture capital firm, expanded into the United States in recent months, tapping VC veteran Mike Katz to spearhead the effort. With a pipeline of potential deals, and a strong balance sheet from which to invest with zero reliance on outside capital, Naspers, whose U.S. office is located in Si

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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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  • 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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  • CommStream – Helping Bridge the A$9B Capital Gap in Australian Agriculture

    Australia’s first agricultural streaming company, CommStream Capital, is in a strong position to benefit from the increasing demand from Australian farmers actively seeking growth-orientated finance models to fund expansion, on-farm infrastructure, new technologies, and innovation. Until recently, banks and traditional debt funding have b

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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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  • Midwestern Dairy Farmers Hunting Margin Could Spur M&A

    The past couple of years have delivered blockbuster deals in the agriculture sector, however, consolidation is not limited to only the major players. In recent weeks, dairy cooperatives Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms unveiled plans to merge, creating a combined entity that is expected to generate $3 billion-plus in annual sales. An

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  • Interesting Times for Ag Investing: How Agtech is Transforming the Sector

    Agribusiness is a young asset class. Back in 2002, when Pampa Capital started fund raising to invest in this sector, Ag Investing was on nobody’s radar. Today it is a relevant class given the surge in commodity prices, its negative correlation to inflation and growing concerns about food production and water usage in the context of current d

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