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    November 25, 2014 • Buzz, farmland, Investment

    Farmland Partners jumps 5.5% on dividend annoucement
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    November 25, 2014 • Buzz, Investment

    TGP earns $550M on sale of poultry assets
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    November 21, 2014 • Buzz, Startups, Tech

    Eric Schmidt backs agtech startups with Farm2050 Collective
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    November 19, 2014 • Buzz, Startups, Tech

    ROOT brings the farm to your table (or closet)
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    November 18, 2014 • Buzz, Investment, Startups, Tech

    AgBiome announces heavyweight investors in big Series A
  • Farmland Partners jumps 5.5% on dividend annoucement

    Shares of publicly traded FarmLand Partners (NYSEMKT:FPI) jumped over 8% in the last couple of days on last weeks announcement that the soon-to-be-classified REIT was increasing its quarterly cash dividend by 10.5% to $0.116/share. “The significant increase in our quarterly dividend reflects our commitment to deliver positive returns to our stockholders as we

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  • TGP earns $550M on sale of poultry assets

    FarmOnline reports that private investment group TGP with $66 billion AUM sold AU$171.4 million of assets in Inghams Enterprises (an extensive portfolio of chicken production facilities in Australia and New Zealand) to Charter Hall Group. This brings the total sale of their Inghams Enterprise holdings to $550 million. According to the article, the Inghams portfolio consists

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  • Eric Schmidt backs agtech startups with Farm2050 Collective

    Eric Schmidt’s venture capital fund, Innovation Endeavors, and the venture arm of hardware supply chain company Flextronics, Flextronics’ Lab IX, announced the launch of Farm2050, a collective of industry partners in agriculture. Farm2050’s mission is to catalyze groundbreaking innovation by providing entrepreneurs the network and resources to build the foundation

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  • ROOT brings the farm to your table (or closet)

    Ohneka Farms just launched ROOT, a smart countertop garden appliance, on Indiegogo on yesterday and have already raised $9,768 toward their $75,000 target. ROOT can grow up to 16 vegetables, herbs and leafy greens hydroponically and contains an automated LED light and watering system that can be controlled via a mobile app. ROOT has a …

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  • AgBiome announces heavyweight investors in big Series A

    The world of microbial solutions is getting lively. Not to be outdone by Symbiota, which just announced a $7.5M Series A backed by Flagship Ventures, AgBiome disclosed the participation of Syngenta, Monsanto, and Novozymes alongside Polaris Partners, ARCH Venture Partners, Harris & Harris and Innotech Advisors in a $17.5M Series A which closed last year. AgBiome …

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  • Food diagnostics company Sample6 raises $2.5M

    The Boston Business Journal reports that food diagnostics company, Sample6, has raised an additional $2.5M from founder and board member Tim Lu, adding to the $11M Series B they raised in October 2013 from Canaan Partners, Cultivian Sandbox, and Flybridge Capital Partners. Other investors include Founder Collective, the Kraft Group, and Chevron. Sample6 has two …

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  • Monitoring system Edyn could take the guesswork out of gardening

    Wireless “smart gardening system” Edyn could help growers of all levels — professional farmer and novice rooftop-tomato-plant hobbyist alike — make the most of their plants and resources.

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  • Flagship VentureLabs’ unveils microbial biostimulant company: Symbiota

    Flagship VentureLabs, an offshoot of Flagship Ventures, just unveiled Symbiota, a company that they’ve been developing in stealth mode for the past two years with $7.5 million in financing from Flagship Ventures. Symbiota has developed microbial solutions that naturally promote plant health and improve agricultural production by harnessing the beneficial microbes that

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  • Mighty Wild aims to bring acorn edibles to the masses

    Who would have thought that anyone except for squirrels ate acorns, but Mighty Wild a food startup that’s making a new acorn-based cracker, found that there was a ton of pent-up demand after they launched a Kickstarter campaign two weeks ago, and blew through their original goal in less than 24 hours. Mighty Wild was founded by two …

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  • Aquaspy raises $2M to further soil sensor technology

    According to a SEC Filing, Aquaspy which produces a soil sensor has raised $1,930,000 of a $2 million debt offering, with $70,000 remaining to be sold. AquaSpy consists of a underground soil probe that monitors temperature and moisture in real time and relays that data back to a server every 15 minutes over a CDMA/GSM cellular …

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  • Silicon Valley can’t get enough of agtech as Kleiner Perkins leads investment in Farmers Edge

    With agtech investment on pace to quadruple in 2014 to nearly $1 billion, Silicon Valley can’t seem to get enough of this super hot sector. Today, Canadian-based precision agriculture company Farmers Edge announced it has received an investment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ Green Growth Fund for an undisclosed sum. Given comparables like

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  • Arlon backs Organic Online Grocer with $25.5M Series B

    Deborah Gage at the Wall Street Journal reports that New York based Arlon Group, the investment arm of 200-year old Continental Grain whose backers also include Rabobank, has jumped into the venture capital ring to lead a $25.5 million Series B in Door to Door Organics. Investors in the round included Greenmont Capital Partners which lead their $2M …

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  • Electrochaea’s raises Series A to turn electricity to gas using microorganisms

    Electrochaea, which uses a biological process to convert low-cost and stranded electricity into pipeline-grade renewable case has raised  ‘several million euro’ in their Series A according to their press release. The international syndicate includes Munich Ventures (Germany), b-to-v (Berlin), Caliza Holdings (Switzerland), Focus First (St Louis), KfW (Germany),

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  • With $36M in funding, AeroFarms plans to set up a huge aeroponics farm in New Jersey

    Gabe Friedman over at Bloomberg Businessweek reports that New Jersey based AeroFarms is taking over the former District 89 nightclub in the Ironbound district of Downtown Newark to set up a test site to grow leafy greens using aeroponics in the 69,000 square foot facility. Aeroponics does not use soil, but rather applies a nutrient rich …

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  • Growers Rant to discuss AgTech issues

    The AgTech meetup group is holding an open meeting Next Tuesday on November 11 in Salinas to discuss growers past experience with agriculture technology and what they need for future advancements. “The Growers’ Rant is a meeting that you don’t want to miss. Ag Technology is the next up and coming industry and to get …

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  • RoyseLaw launches AgTech Incubator

    A couple of years ago if you were an agtech company there wasn’t much for you in the way of ag-focused incubators or accelerators. Today we can add RoyseLaw’s AgTech Incubator to the list, which just announced a call for applications to their new AgTech incubator in Palo Alto. “Up to eight startups will be accepted into the 3 ½ …

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  • Council on Foreign Relations meets to discusses the future of food

    AgFunder CEO Rob Leclerc joined two other industry experts on a panel held by the Council of Foreign Relations on Monday afternoon to discuss the new advancements that are changing how we produce our food.

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  • WISErg raises another $900k to convert grocer’s waste to fertilizer

    John Cook over at GeekWire has reported that WISErg has added another $900,000 to the $5 million Series B they raised earlier this year for their “Harvester” device which turns food waste into fertilizer and “making it easier for restaurants, commercial kitchens and grocery stores to track and minimize food waste. Backers of the company …

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  • New York gets its own AgTech Meetup

    The NYC AgTech Meetup Group will be kicking off its first monthly event in New York on Thursday, November 6th,  at 7pm. As this was the first event the organizer Rodrigo Valiente originally set an attendance cap of 15 and was hoping to attract a half dozen or so participants for this first event. And so he was a …

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  • Announcing 20 companies for TechCon’s Pitchfest

    SARTA (Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance) just announced 20 companies will be participating in Pitchfests taking place at TechCon Sacramento on November 6, 2014, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Kirk Uhler, CEO of SARTA, said, “We are successfully developing a vital investor community in the Sacramento region with three new venture capital funds getting ready to

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