These provisions include funding for a new USDA pilot project that will incentivize farmers, through payments, to adopt agricultural practices aimed at improving soil health and sequestering organic soil carbon.
Umitron, an Asian startup using satellite imagery, IoT, and automation to increase the efficiency of offshore aquaculture, raised the funding from the Japanese government and a Japanese venture capital firm.
Creadev, the private equity arm of the Mulliez family -- founders of the Auchan chain of department stores in France -- contributed to the round.
"I'm a firm believer that you need to address the entire value chain," says Usman Javaid, CEO of Ricult.
The Yield Lab LATAM will be based in Buenos Aires and will take on six startups in total for the first cohort. Each startup receives up to $100,000 in capital for varying amounts of equity.
We caught up with Eri Hayashi, director of International Relations & Consulting of the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA), a non-profit organization devoted to academic and business advancements in Japan's indoor ag industry.
"Indigo could be a future marketplace for sustainable and biological ag inputs, which could impact my portfolio in a positive way," said one agrifood tech VC.
AVA is one of a small number of consumer tech-enabled grow systems on the market, which collectively raised just over $4 million in funding in 2017, according to AgFunder data.
AgriProtein is constructing insect factories across the Middle East, Asia and South Africa that use municipal waste as feedstock.
Tom Mastrobuoni, CFO of Tyson Ventures, speaks in-depth about the company's targeted investment areas and the rationale for investing in Beyond Meat, Memphis Meat, Future Meat, Tovala and FoodLoqiQ.
This is the first equity investment by the Gates Foundation in India, highlighting the importance of modernizing India's dairy sector, according to Mark Kahn, partner of Omnivore.
A new food index has labeled 36 meat and fish suppliers as "high risk" for public market investors because they fail to manage critical business risks such as greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics risk.
From a total 310 applications, of which they evaluated 188, startups from 10 different countries operating across the food chain were selected to join the program next month.
The round was led by Russian venture capital firm Sistema VC with new investment from online venture capital platform AgFunder, UK VC 7percent Ventures, early-stage tech VC Acequia Capital, and industry veteran Henk Bles.
Algaia is a French company manufacturing algae-based products for the agriculture feed, personal care & nutraceutical industries.
It is understood that Mavrx ran into some financial and operational difficulty in recent months and was not able to service its clients for the upcoming growing season despite providing a popular product with a 90% customer renewal rate.
BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses), a startup based in Brussels, Belgium, has opened its first aquaponic farm on a site spanning 4,000 meters squared above a food hall in the center of the city.
The California-based startup that was forced to withdraw from various cities across the US in 2015 after expanding too quickly, recapitalized in 2016.
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The Bushel mobile app platform integrates into grain elevators’ accounting systems to provide growers access to their contracts, scale tickets, prepays, cash bids, and markets.