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Agtech investment focus shifts towards science as market scales

Describing the firm’s recent Agtech Investment Review, Finistere Ventures' Arama Kukutai tells Agri Investor he expects private equity investors to acquire leading start-ups and pursue roll-ups as the market continues to develop.

Precision agri solutions ‘help cut carbon footprint and drive resource efficiency’

Global agriculture businesses are increasingly turning to the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ to meet environmental targets and boost yields, according to a new study. But obstacles to using this technology remain.

MainePERS commits $50m to Homestead fund

Chief investment officer Andrew Sawyer tells Agri Investor the $14bn pension is 'pretty close to being fully committed' after allocating more than $800m to ag and timber vehicles since 2014.

Exclusive: Cordiant nears $500m first close on seventh fund

Having hired two Brazil-based execs, the Montreal-headquartered debt firm plans to raise a separate vehicle devoted to agriculture once it has closed its flagship fund.

Canada invests $5m in PE-backed irrigation tech company

Hortau is also sponsored by Avrio Ventures and Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, a subsidiary of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Farmers Edge partners with US seed distributor

A partnership with Eastern Colorado Seeds sees the precision agtech company's expand further, expanding its reach into eight western Plains states.

In precision agri, start-ups need specialisation

Geosys says its strategy of partnering with other specialised companies allows them each to focus on their strengths.

Advantage Capital invests in precision irrigation company

The USDA and Farm Credit System-backed PE fund has invested $5m into Hortau, a California-based precision irrigation company.

Farmers Edge gains backing from Mitsui, eyes Russian expansion

The precision agriculture data management tool provider will use the funding to help expand its operations in Russia, Brazil, Australia and the US.

Omron Ventures makes first investment in Japanese precision ag

The venture capital arm of the Japanese electronics firm has invested into Plant Life Systems, a sensor and control systems company, to improve agri productivity in Asia.

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