Consumers and digitization were at the forefront at the Crop Innovation in Business Conference hosted in Amsterdam this week. The conference is conducted every other year and is in its 18th year.
Anyone paying passing attention to the agricultural sector understands that it is in the middle of an “agtech” revolution. But where is the USDA in all of this?
Agriculture is often referred to as the last bastion of digitization, but what types of technologies will succeed?
"I had a front-row seat to the buzz - and the reality. It’s easy to criticize this industry, and the entrepreneurs who drive it forward, for being full of hype. In many cases, that is true; but it’s part of a more complicated reality," writes Sean McDonald.
The cost of farming indoors has always been a big question mark around the impactfulness of this farming method on the overall food system; if it's too expensive, it won't be scalable. But Peter Tasgal's research argues that vertical and greenhouse farms are getting competitive with their outdoor peers.
One of the drags on successful agtech innovation is the under-representation of the producers’ voice, writes the Illinois Soybean Association.
The wide range of industrial hemp products represent the greatest opportunity for American agricultural markets seen within the past fifty years, writes Jon Vaught.
The real power to endow people with fundamentally longer, healthier lives resides in the hands of the food industry, writes Jim Flatt.
Matt Crisp is cofounder and CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop genomics platform using computational biology and gene editing. Here he writes about the startup's evolution and transition to now serving a broad range of clients across the food system.
A number of Indian agritech startups are making headlines with their transformative technologies, but the Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) project in the southern Indian province of Andhra Pradesh is also making waves in the once-ignored industry.
Growing in retrofit shipping containers has received significant buzz over the past five to 10 years as produce is grown hyper-locally on a small footprint. But how viable is this form of growing in the long term?
One month into 2019, it’s clear that this year’s “it” produce is gourmet mushrooms. Smallhold's Andrew Carter tell us why.
The Boston Consulting Group offers advice to large agribusineses in meeting consumer demand for sustainably grown food and offers some thoughts around defining sustainability.
Editor's Note: Lisa Curtis is CEO of Kuli Kuli Foods, the leading Moringa brand in the US. Here she writes about her background in the Peace Corps, how it led to the creation of Kuli Kuli, and how the company is now hoping its effort will promote peace in Niger.
"Last week I attended my first Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with 185,000 other tech seekers. My head continues to spin from the flying taxis and autonomous bread makers," writes Vonnie Estes.
The question of how farmers and the agtech community of entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators can work together to build great products is much harder to answer, write Connie Bowen and Sarah Nolet.
We want to make the most of the expertise in our network and are grateful that some of these members contribute guest articles to share their insights with our readers. Here's the top 3 from 2018.
Even before the state of Israel’s founding, pioneers emphasized cultivating the land through innovative and efficient agricultural work, writes Ofir Schlam.
For the past few days, Sweden Foodtech has been at the Tasting India Symposium in New Delhi. It is a magic experience. And we haven’t even mentioned the food, writes Johan Jorgensen.
You will find a lot of views online on why not to take corporate venture money in your startup. However, the reality today is that corporate venture capital (CVC) is becoming an important part of the startup ecosystem, writes Amit Sridharan.