North Carolina-based satellite data analytics startup FarmShots has been acquired by Syngenta for an undisclosed amount plus more in our weekly brief.
Both Walmart and Nestle are getting into new technologies while Florida citrus growers get some relief and the cannabis industry gets some M&A, plus more in our weekly brief.
Indoor farm Plenty makes plans in China while startups merge and launch new products in this week's brief.
President Trump and the Supreme Court weigh in on agriculture issues while startups launch new products in this week's brief.
No longer distracted by consolidation large strategic players will have more time, and money, to pursue exits in 2018, according to some industry insiders.
Plant-based protein startups using technology to create and mass produce their products have traditionally received support from a small but dedicated group of investors, which is increasingly being joined by major food and agriculture players as this trend solidifies.
J.D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy" and former Peter Thiel employee, will lead the $150 million Rise of the Rest fund aimed at startups in cities outside California, Massachusetts, and New York, plus more in our weekly brief.
Blue Apron and Chipotle are getting new CEOs after a tumultuous year for both companies, plus more in our weekly news brief.
Multinational chemical company Yara International has acquired Agronomic Technology Corp, an agricultural field modeling company for soil, water, crops, and fertilizer, for an undisclosed sum.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency claims that the Soylent meal replacement drink does not fulfill the nutritional requirements of a meal.
Acquisitions in restaurant tech keep coming, HelloFresh is undeterred by Blue Apron's disastrous IPO, new hires, new grants for Danforth, and more in this week's brief.
Monsanto Growth Ventures portfolio company Agsolver has sold to a Texas-based agricultural software provider, new hires, and more Aussie IPOs in this week's brief.
In this episode, I speak to Jorge Heraud, the cofounder and CEO of Blue River Technology, a Silicon Valley startup bringing robotics to the farm. Blue River was recently acquired by John Deere, the world's largest tractor company, for $305 million.
Early stage investment in agrifood tech startups reached $4.4 billion in the first half of 2017, posting a 6% year-over-year increase reversing the downward trend of 2016 when agrifood tech investing dropped 17% to $6.9 billion from $8.3 billion in 2015.
High-profile startup hires, a startup IPO, and new startup resources also make up part of this week's brief.
Deere & Company announced plans to acquire Blue River Tech for $305 million last week as the next step in its quest to build autonomous equipment for agriculture.
Impossible Foods estimates that the new Oakland plant will be able to produce one million pounds of burgers per month, farms prepare for Hurrican Irma, and more.
"This is the start of the next chapter in agriculture," says Kiersten Stead from MGV, an investor in Blue River.
South Texas farmers are reportedly racing to harvest crops before the imminent arrival of Hurricane Harvey on Texas’s gulf coast, Amazon is lowering Whole Foods prices, and more.
Agrilyst and Motorleaf have partnered up to facilitate increased automation for indoor, hydroponic growers plus new acquisitions and hiring.