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Gladstone buys pair of California cherry orchards

The NASDAQ-listed farmland REIT says it hopes the $7m deal will be the first of many in a region well-suited to benefit from growing demand for healthy produce.

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.

Maersk enters Finistere’s grain storage-focused $6.5m Series A

As it strives to become a more diversified logistics provider, 114-year-old Maersk hopes to learn from entrepreneurs by becoming a 'credible' investor, says Maersk Growth venture partner Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen.

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.

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.

Private equity prepares to follow organic farmers into the mainstream

Accelerating changes in farming techniques will create a wider market for biological inputs, says Pam Marrone, chief executive of Ospraie portfolio company MBI.

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.

Pontifax backs UK gene editing company in $10 million A round

Tropic Biosciences is developing decaffeinated coffee varieties and bananas with a longer shelf life using CRISPR gene editing technology that Pontifax managing partner Ben Belldegrun tells Agri Investor is drawing biotech investors into the market.

Exclusive: Paine Schwartz targeting $1.2bn for new Food Chain fund

Minnesota State Board of Investment is considering a $150m commitment to the fifth iteration of the firm's flagship vehicle.

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