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The data are out there – ag must present them more effectively

A huge amount of alternative data sources have emerged, but the industry needs to assist official agencies with collection and analysis.

History lessons from the British Empire

A history of food’s role in the development of the British Empire offers a compelling beach read for anyone taking a step back to assess a dizzying year of developments in global ag.

Finistere-backed ZeaKal inks cannabis partnership, $10m investment

The crop chemicals company had been reluctant to enter the cannabis market without relevant expertise, says chief executive Han Chen.

New Sumitomo unit to hunt ag VC investments

Sumitomo's Corporate Venture and Innovation Office will also explore investments in healthcare, environment, and information and communication technology.

Cultivian, Anterra and Open Prairie among investors in $40m biologicals Series B

Vestaron chief executive Anna Rath says attracting life-science investors into later-stage agtech startups will be key to the market's development.

Scarcity shapes fishfeed alternatives search

The challenges and opportunities in a key market for an expanding global aquaculture market were examined by a panel of industry leaders at IntraFish 2019.

Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company makes first UK move

SALIC has led a £7m funding round for UK-based agtech firm Hummingbird Technologies and will use the tech on its properties in Australia and Ukraine.

Finistere enters robotics with an eye on broader markets

CEO Arama Kukutai says participation in a $8.8m funding round for New Zealand’s Invert Robotics gives the firm an entry into potential markets outside of agri.

Western Australia ‘like California 30 years ago’

Alterra MD says he is seeing the ‘best opportunities’ for investment in WA, attracting interest from North American institutional investors.

Cultivian Sandbox fund misses $200m target

The firm secures $130m from strategic ag investors like ADM and Smithfield, as well as its first non-US LPs, like Sumitomo Chemical America.
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