AgShift, an ag data startup helping farms automate their compliance reporting, also closed a pre-seed round. Online office catering service Platterz and pivoted Indian agri-marketing platform Ninjacart also raised funding.
Also in this week's funding sheet, Waycool, a fresh produce distribution service for smallholder farmers in India raised funding from George Soros-backed Aspada Investments.
The Yield is an Australian microclimate sensing, IoT and predictive analytics startup for aquaculture and agriculture.
Described as a ‘game changer’ InspiraFarms' technology consists of modular cold storage and food processing units, which run on off-grid renewable energy and aim to increase farm incomes by 40%.
A big two-week funding sheet includes a diverse set of food and agtech startups raising funding.
Arable's sensor, named the Mark, which is deployed in the field above the leaf canopy of the relevant crop, captures 40 different data streams.
Cool Planet, the biofuel-turned-biological ag products company, has raised $19.3 million in venture funding from existing investors to drive the commercialization of its first products.
FarmLead helps growers, who typically sell to a handful of local buyers, to negotiate better prices for their grain by opening them up to a new set of potential buyers online.
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.
The round was led by Chicago-headquartered agtech venture capital firm Cultivian Sandbox. Existing investor Taylor Farms, through its venture arm, also joined the round.
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.
Epigenetics is the study of how an animal or plant cell reads and acts on the information in its genes based on the presence (or not) of certain epigenetic markers in the chromatin.
The startup will use the funding to accelerate the launch of Astro Digital’s Landmapper constellation - it is planning eight launches for 2017 - and its analytics platform.
Boragen's technology, which is licensed from Penn State University, is initially focusing on next generation, synthetic fungicides using a technology with a novel mode of action.
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.
The year's first exit came from Observant, an early agtech pioneer in the precision water management space. Jain Irrigation acquired the Australian company.
TerrAvion takes hundreds of low-altitude flights to capture bird’s-eye views of farms and raised funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firms.
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.
A bumper week of fundings includes startups offering satellite imagery analysis, drones-as-a-software, milk products, wine e-commerce and more.