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Agri Investor Forum: Integrating biologicals is essential to future ag growth

At last month’s Agri Investor Forum in Chicago discussion about bridging gap between farmland and agtech, panelists from Vestaron, Marrone Bio Innovations and AgLaunch focused on focused largely on biopesticide products and consumers’ growing demand for organics and traceability.

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.

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.

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.

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