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  • AgFunder’s New Report Captures $2.36B In AgTech Investment in 2014

    Get ready, Ag enthusiasts. AgFunder’s AgTech Investing Report 2014: Year in Review has officially been released today. According to the report, AgTech funding had a record breaking year with $2.36 billion raised across 264 financing deals. From precision agriculture to biotech to drones, venture capitalists actively invested in companies set on revolutionizing how we

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  • California Safe Soil gives new life to food waste

    Editors Note:California Safe Soils is currently running its fundraising campaign on AgFunder. The company will be holding its investor webinar on March 5th at 10:00am PST and 12:00pm PST. If you’d like to attend, please register here. A recording of the webinar will also be available afterwards. As the global food security crisis becomes a reality, the United ...

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  • BioGenerator Makes $200k Investment in Apse

    BioGenerator, a St. Louis based, privately funded, non-profit investment organization whose express focus is on startups and entrepreneurs in the AgTech sector, has made a $200,000 seed investment in Apse, the company announced March 3. This round of funding also saw investment in Apse from Missouri Technology Corporation, the Helix Fund and other private investors. ...

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  • LemnaTec Secures $5.6M From Anterra Capital

    LemnaTec which has developed a high-throughput research platform and agricultural analysis software, has received a $5.6 million equity investment from Anterra Capital. This news arrives after a successful financing round led by DEWB, the German private equity firm. According to the company, they are now one of the largest providers of systems and software for image ...

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  • Farmers Edge Acquires GranDuke Geomatics

    Taking a page out of Climate Corporation’s playbook, Farmers Edge acquired GranDuke Geomatics of Lethbridge, Alberta. According to an agreement finalized on January 9, the precision agriculture and data management company out of Winnipeg, Manitoba will now control GranDuke. GranDuke will continue to provide advanced GIS and yield data processing services for Farmers Edge

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  • Finistere Closes $150M Agtech Fund

    California-based Finistere Ventures announced that it closed a new $150M agtech fund, in collaboration with Bayer Cropscience, AVAC and other partners. The Finistere II Fund will focus on identifying early-to-growth stage companies, focused on new technology solutions in sustainability, food productivity, and nutrition. Finistere was founded in 2005, and has been an early

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  • 3D Robotics Raises $50M for Drone Expansion

    On the heels of the Federal Aviation Administration’s recently proposed regulations on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), California-based 3D Robotics successfully raised $50 million Wednesday led by Qualcomm Ventures. This round of funding is the largest yet by a U.S. based consumer drone producer, and boosts 3D Robotics total amount raised to $85 million. The company ...

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  • Crowdfunding campaign raised $2M in 24 hours for Honey on Tap

    Move over drones and Oculus Rift. There’s a new technology disrupting … the beekeeping industry. Flow Hive, with its patented beehive design, has raised $2M on Indiegogo since its campaign launched less than 24 hours ago. Already this eclipsed its goal of $70K, and placed it at #11 of the most funded campaigns on Indiegogo ...

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  • Innovation and Investment in AgTech

    Editors note: Vonnie Estes is an executive with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles commercializing biotechnologies. This article originally appeared in BioFuels Digest.   Having spent more than twenty years commercializing technology in the agricultural sector, I’m excited by the growing interest and investment in Agricultural Technology. AgTech did not

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  • Blume Distillation pulls in $1m Series B for waste to biofuels technology

    Blume Distillation, which produced biorefinery equipment for bioethanol and other ethanol based end products, announced a $1 million Series B round led by GreenTech seed, and VC fund CC3IC (Climate Change Investigation Innovation and Investment Company). This raise follows a $2.2 million Series A back in March of 2013. The California based company reports in their ...

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  • AgriMetis Closes $7.3M Series A

    AgriMetis, a biotech company developing crop protection agents, closed a $7.3m Series A led by Syngenta Ventures and Acidophil. Lutherville-based Agrimetis, which was co-founded in 2014 by Acidophil, is taking a new approach to keeping pests at bay on the farm. It’s focused on replicating specific plant defenses found in nature. Many plants, fungi and ...

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  • 2014 Roundup: Top Drone Deals

    Look — up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s…a drone monitoring your farmland?   Despite current regulations keeping drones grounded — the Federal Aviation Administration strictly prohibits commercial drone use in U.S. airspace unless an exemption has been granted — venture capitalists clearly saw a promising future in pilotless aerial

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  • Arcadia BioSciences planning to raise $86M on IPO

    Sacramento-based Arcadia BioSciences, a plant trait biotech company, has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed $86 million IPO led by Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, and Piper Jaffray. The company will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under symbol RKDA. Founded in 2002, Arcadia is developing biotechnologies for the $39 billion

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  • A look at World Ag Expo’s ‘Top-10 New Products’

    The 48th annual World Ag Expo opens today in Tulare, California, and will showcase some of the industry’s most ambitious game changers. Running until February 12, the expo will welcome thousands of attendees from around the globe and feature more than 40 seminars, a “Farmers’ Lunch” event, and over 1,400 exhibitions.   World Ag Expo also announced ...

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  • Snoop Dogg to Raise $25m Fund for Cannabis Tech

    Add Snoop Dogg to the growing list of investors entering the pot industry. According to TechCrunch, Snoop plans to raise a $25 million fund to invest in tech companies related to the marijuana industry. The fund won’t directly invest in companies doing cultivation and production. Snoop has long been known for his relationship with the weed ...

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  • Village Capital’s AgTech Accelerator Announces Batch 2 Winners

    Village Capital just wrapped up demo day for Batch 2 of their Agtech accelerator program (Ag Global Program), and have announced the the peer-selected recipients for $100,000 in funding. Village Capital’s funding model is unique in that at the end of the program, the participating companies select which two companies amongst their peers will receive $50,000 each ...

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  • Earth Equity Farms nabs seed round

    SEC filings report that Berkeley-based Earth Equity Farms has raised an additional $267k, bringing their total round to $822k, which they launched last year. According to the companies website, Earth Equity Farms is developing “sustainable Organic Fair Trade agriculture” through climate controlled greenhouses that “reduce water usage generate high

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  • The Andersons launches corporate VC arm, Maumee Ventures, to invest in agtech

    The Andersons (NASDAQ: ANDE), a publicly traded diversified agribusiness with operations in crops, commodity trading, ethanol, fertilizer, crop insurance, and logistics has thrown its hat into the agtech game with the launch of Maumee Ventures, a new corporate venture arm investing $500k-$5M in early stage innovations that are aligned with the company’s core

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  • Indoor Ag Conference to be held in Panama in May

    If you find yourself in Panama City in May, you can check out the International Congress on Controlled Environmental Agriculture, conference which will feature Indoor Farming, including hydroponics, vertical farming, greenhouse production, and Ag Tech. The speakers, panelists, and breakout sessions will focus on the six key areas of CEA, including the management of the

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  • Green Biologics raises $76M in Debt and Equity

    Green Biologics, a UK-based renewable chemical company, raised $76M to help support their recent plant acquisition in Minnesota. Green Biologics received $42 million in equity, led by Swire Pacific and Sofinnova Partners, and $34 million in debt financing led by Tennenbaum Capital Partners. This $76 million financing follows Green Biologics previous equity round of $25

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