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Australian agtech lagging other countries but outlook is ‘positive’

A new report has found Australia invested $0.12 per capita in agtech in 2016, far behind $5.80 in the US and $6.05 in Israel.

VIDEO: When horticulture meets aquaculture

Green Camel, in Sydney’s south-west, is raising A$8.5m as it pioneers organic glasshouse farming collocated with barramundi breeding on a commercial scale. Agri Investor got an exclusive tour of the facilities.

Waving goodbye

In his last Weekly Letter as editor of Agri Investor, Matthieu Favas argues that agriculture today is changing at a much faster pace than many observers often think.

Bill Gates-led VC and Singapore SWF bet on alternative fertilizers

Pivot Bio chief executive Karsten Temme says the nitrogen-producing microbe business, which just closed a $70m Series B, could help upend a market worth about $200bn.

Salveo backs cannabis biotech in $10m Series A

Managing partner Jeffrey Howard says Front Range Biosciences is among the companies benefiting from a surge in private investor interest in cannabis.

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.

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