Agtech

  • 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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  • Interview: Ruchi Hi-Rich Seeds Seeks to Upend the Indian Seed Market

    By Michelle Pelletier Marshall A joint venture of Ruchi Soya, Agrimax, DJ Hendrick International, and Agri-India Holdings, Ruchi Hi-Rich Seeds of India has developed non-GMO soybean seeds that promise to outperform yields of current varieties used in that country by up to 50 percent. Founder and Managing Director Dinesh Shahra of Ruchi Soya,

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  • Monsanto Growth Ventures, Otter Capital lead $24M Series C for NewLeaf

    Agricultural biologicals company NewLeaf Symbiotics announced it has successfully closed a $24 million Series C co-led by Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV) and Otter Capital, and also including Lewis & Clark Ventures, Rockport Capital, Pangaea Ventures, and Open Prairie Ventures among others.   Since its launch in 2013 through the

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  • Agriculture as an Asset Class

    by Michael DeSa Founder/CEO, AGD Consulting Agriculture is one of the oldest asset classes in the world, time tested and proven to weather economic uncertainty. Within agriculture, farmland has historically proven itself as a tangible, stable storage of wealth, appreciating approximately 3.5 percent annually over the last 30 years.  

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  • Israel, India to Launch Tech Fund

    During a visit to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two countries announced the launch of the Israel India Innovation Initiative Fund (I4F) - an investment vehicle designed to focus on mutually beneficial investments in sectors ranging from agriculture to water to space. Under the terms of the fund, each country has agreed

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  • Takeaways From GAI AgTech Week 2017 – Labor Pains

    Often when discussing agricultural production and agtech innovation, the conversation focuses on the challenges associated with factors such as crop yields, inputs, and climate change - all valid and important considerations. These topics of study and development are also largely quantifiable (which is a very good thing) however, labor issues

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  • Takeaways From GAI AgTech Week 2017 – Adoption

    There is a universal imperative for global agricultural production - it must produce more with less. Population growth means the industry must produce more food, however, urbanization and pollution mean that it must achieve this goal with less land. Meanwhile, consumers and environmentalists are pushing for the reduction or elimination of the

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  • 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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