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  • Hampton Creek turns veggie mayo into gold with $90M raise

    Hampton Creek has just announced a huge $90 million Series C financing led by Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures and Khosla Ventures. This comes just ten months after a $23 million Series B was announced in February, bringing their total funding to $120 million. Hampton Creek has an envious captable which includes Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Salesforce CEO ...

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  • Freight Farms raises $3.7M from Spark Capital to grow food anywhere

    The Boston Globe has reported that Freight Farms has raised a $3.7 million Series B round from Spark Capital to continue building out its farm in a box system. Launch Capital, an investor in their $1.2 million Series A, also participated. Boston-based Freight Farms was founded by Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara back in 2010 ...

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  • FarmLogs lands $10M Series B to help manage farms

    It’s been a big year for FarmLogs. Fresh off the heels of a $4 million Series A back in January of this year, FarmLogs has just announced that they’ve closed a $10 million Series B bringing total investment to over $15 million since they graduated from Y-Combinator’s winter 2012 batch. Investors in this round included Y-Combinator Chief ...

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  • Koch acquires Mendel Plant Sciences

    Koch has announced that it has acquired the biological research and development business of Mendel Biotechnology. The business will operate as Mendel Biological Solutions and will continue to be based in Hayward, California. The purchase was made by Koch Agronomic Services, a subsidiary of Koch Fertilizer, which is itself a subsidiary of Koch Ag & Energy ...

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  • Could grandma and grandpa help urban agriculture take root in Singapore?

      SPARK, an international architectural and design consultancy, has revealed a conceptual proposal that aims to address two major concerns in the city-state: its rapidly aging population and its lack of locally grown produce.   Known as Homefarm, the project is one part retirement community and one part urban vegetable farm. The ultimate goal is ...

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  • 640Labs acquired by Monsanto’s Climate Corporation

    Monsanto’s Climate Corporation has acquired agtech startup 640 Labs to strengthen the company’s efforts to build the industry’s leading data science platform for farmers. Details of the acquisition were not revealed, although Serra Capital revealed in a press release that they initially invested in 640 Labs in June 2014 with a second tranche in October, and ...

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  • Organic marijuana startup targets health-conscious consumers

      Peruse your local grocery store and it’s likely you’ll be able to spot certified-organic labels down nearly every aisle. Frozen pizza, dog kibble, shampoo — you name it, there’s probably an organic, “all natural” alternative available. If the popularity of the organic sector is any indicator, consumers want to better understand where their

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  • How SWIIM System could motivate farmers to conserve more water

      With the western U.S. still facing a record multiyear drought, and unpredictable cycles of such conditions expected to extend into the future, designing strategies to distribute and conserve water resources has become vital to both the economy and the livelihood of an increasing population. Concern is especially mounting over the inefficiency of agriculture irrigation

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  • 6 Quick Facts About Thanksgiving Turkey

      Amongst traditional mainstays like string bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and questionable sweet potato and marshmallow concoctions, 46 million turkeys will take center stage on tables across the U.S. this Thanksgiving. Before America gobbles through a good 20 percent of the annual turkey consumption on this last Thursday of November, here are six facts about ...

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  • AGERPoint to hold investor webinar

    AgFunder Event: AGERPoint, which Emily covered a couple of weeks ago, will be holding an investor webinar on Thursday, December 4 at 12:00 Pacific/3:00 Eastern. You can register for the webinar here.

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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.

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  • Farmland Partners jumps 8% 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 continue to

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

    From UAVs to GPS tracking systems to data platforms — crop-monitoring technology is beginning to sprout up all over ag. Most of these innovations are specifically designed to cover a lot of ground on commercial-scale farms, but as the ag tech industry advances and evolves, technology for smaller farms, and even home gardens, is beginning ...

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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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