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Maersk Growth backs food-focused blockchain in $2.4m seed round

Venture partner Peter Jorgensen argues Ripe Technology’s traceability offerings can help keep food companies from being 'deselected' for not offering the level of transparency consumers increasingly demand.

Open Prairie’s second ‘rural’ deal targets ag data digitalization

MyAgData’s platform stands to benefit from government-led efforts to phase out hand-written crop reporting submissions over the next five years, says Open Prairie vice-president Jason Wrone.

Ozone is trimming farmers’ revenue by stealth

Fresh research suggests air pollution’s already major impact on crop yields is being compounded by global warming. How should the industry respond?

More VC/PE collaborations on agtech roll-ups likely: Finistere

Mergers like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow/DuPont have increased investors’ attention on consolidation opportunities in the sector.

Produce marketplace start-up secures $8m in Series A funding

Full Harvest, a platform that brings together agri markets for excess produce has attracted investment from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures and Spark Capital.

Investors unfazed by transatlantic row over gene-editing

More emerging markets are likely to follow the US’s intent to ‘re-double’ efforts to develop the technology than Europe’s stringent regulatory stance unveiled last week, says Pontifax’s Ben Belldegrun.

What ag should take away from McDonald’s

A family-owned business wants to create a franchise model in dairy farming that it hopes to export overseas. A recipe for success?

Are investors getting ahead of themselves on gene editing?

The technology holds great promise and attracts a lot of money. Whether it will disappoint or thrive, however, depends on which side of the regulation divide it falls.

Pontifax participates in $110m funding round in ninth deal from debut fund

Precision BioSciences will use the capital raised to extend its gene-editing technology from human therapeutics to the agri-food industry.

Food service robot nets $11m

Chowbotics’ founder Deepak Sekar tells Agri Investor why the US robot provider has focused on health and wellness over labor replacement.

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