Agtech

  • Mitigating Risk in Agtech Investment

    Content sponsored by Pontifax AgTech Written by Dr. Phil Erlanger Phil Erlanger is the Managing Partner of Pontifax AgTech, a growth capital investor in the global food and agriculture technology sector.   Despite the huge opportunities for growth and return on investment that it offers, the agriculture technology (agtech) se

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  • Takeaways from GAI NY 2017: Agtech Innovation and the Need to Connect the Dots

    Investment dollars into food and agtech startups reached a record $4.6 billion in 2015 – double that of the previous year, according to AgFunder. In 2016, although investment dollars fell back to $3.2 billion, the number of deals increased by 10 percent, reaching a record 580. Although impressive, and resulting in breakthrough technologi

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  • The Case for Ag Investment in South America

    Content sponsored by AGD Consulting Written by Michael DeSa, Monica Ganley, and Wilfred Morren   Insight from International Entrepreneurs in Agriculture In the context of recent political turmoil and today’s uncertain economic times, many investors and entrepreneurs are seeking alternative investment options outside the U.S.

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  • Takeaways from GAI NY 2017: North America, Water, and the Importance of Quality Tenants

    Although there are strong macro indicators including population growth, rising standards of living, and shifts in protein demand supporting the choice to pursue agricultural investments in emerging and developing nations, there is no denying that North America remains a powerhouse in the agricultural investment universe. At this year’s Gl

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  • Capturing Opportunities in Australian Agriculture

    Sponsored content by Blue Sky Alternative Investments The enduring feature of institutional investment allocations over the past 10 years has been the rise in patient capital (capital allocated to relatively illiquid investment strategies such as real assets, private equity and real estate). Against a backdrop of ever lower ‘zero risk’

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  • How to Overcome the Challenges Faced by the Food Supply Chain?

    Content sponsored by Ohad Zuckerman, Managing Partner, Copia Agro & Food Ltd.     Humanity is facing three intense challenges due to a booming world population and its intense industrial progress: - Food Security (i.e. food shortage, food waste, and food allocation) - Climate Change that forces food production i

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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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