LoveTheWild, the Boulder-based frozen seafood brand that only sources farmed fish, has closed an undisclosed Series A round of funding with Leonardo DiCaprio and seafood-focused venture capital fund Aqua-Spark.
A bumper two weeks of funding saw 14 startups raise $184m across on-farm biotech, biotech, satellite imagery, India, 3D printing, including Instacart's $400m Series D. There was also an ag data acquisition in the UK.
Hazel Technologies is developing technology to increase the shelf life of fruit with packaging inserts.
TL Biolabs, a startup offering $15 genomic tests for beef and dairy cattle, and the software needed to analyze the results, has raised $4 million in seed funding.
A biotech company working on improving the consistency and efficiency of cannabis cloning raised seed funding from an impressive array of investors while an Aussie wholesale surplus food marketplace got the attention of impact investors.
Bowery has built a vertical farming facility in New Jersey that uses automation, machine learning, and vision systems to monitor and tend to its crops.
Pasturebird is using rotational grazing to raise organic and wholesale pastured chicken on 100 acres.
There was a more diverse set of technology startups serving the cannabis market in 2016, although investment levels were similar to 2015.
Investment in seafood and aquaculture technology increased 271% compared to the $52 million raised across both 2014 and 2015, but there is still a huge need for technology to bring efficiency and sustainability to the industry.
Farm management software startups dominate this week's funding brief, while an alternative dairy and cannabis investment company also raised funding.
FarmDrive is using big data to create credit scores for smallholders farmers, enabling local banks to lend to them.
It may sound too good to be true, but according to David Rowe, founder and president at Choco Finesse, the proof is in the chocolate pudding.
The university is about to launch its second accelerator program.
The year's first exit came from Observant, an early agtech pioneer in the precision water management space. Jain Irrigation acquired the Australian company.
The Northern Irish startup raised the funding from former UK Entrepreneur of the Year.
The Yield Lab has made three new investments of $100k each in agritech startups joining its 2017 cohort in St Louis.
Agtech funding in 2016 was a tale of two halves as the number of deals closed increased 10% to 580 due to an uptick in seed stage activity, while investment dollars fell 30% to $3.2bn.
Insect farming, Big Data technology, soil health products, and a Crowdfund a cow platform are just a few of this week's agtech fundings.
Catalina Sea Ranch, the first offshore shellfish ranch in US federal waters, has raised funding for its mussel farm off the coast of Southern California, and for research into growing environmentally-beneficial giant kelp.
Ciro Echesortu, director of Latin America's first agtech accelerator NXTP Labs, reflects on the development of the region's agtech market and what to expect in 2017.