Ag Trends and Outlook

  • 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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  • New Player Finds Market Niche in Agri Commodity Services

    By Michelle Pelletier Marshall Arcadia Group, a global commodity trading house, primarily focused on the energy markets and headquartered in London, UK, has found a new niche in the agricultural space that has this non-traditional player starting up a risk management solutions company called Arcadia Agri. It will service small and mid-size ag

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  • Three Innovations Driving the Second Agtech Boom

    By Michael Helmstetter, CEO, TechAccel The only constant is change. Yet, for decades now, the agriculture industry has been defying this principle by pursuing a course of unsustainable consolidation. The biggest ag players have left critical challenges unanswered while producers have weathered a brutal downturn in the commodities market.

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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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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: Verifying Organic in the Global Supply Chain

    Demand in the U.S. for organic food, including milk, meat and eggs, continues to grow, placing strains on global supply chains to ensure the adequate supply of feed ingredients required to produce those products. This recent Washington Post article highlights some of the risks associated with trading counter-parties and the potential for f

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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: Institutional Investors Getting into Agtech

    At HighQuest, recent interactions with investors have focused on their interest in agtech. These investors, large and small are looking for strong returns, diversification, and improved agricultural asset performance. Conventional wisdom is that primarily, strategic players and private/angel investors are the ones allocating to these growth

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  • Mellinger’s Minutes: Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) entities by Traditional Agribusiness

    The steady increase in Non Traditional Players (NTP’s) becoming involved with farmland, animal production, infrastructure, and mid-stream assets is a regular fixture of my reporting. Equally significant are efforts by traditional agriculture and food players to be more nimble, entrepreneurial, and engaged in AgTech and FoodTech trends. By es

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  • 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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