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Farmer-Centric Accelerator AgLaunch Awards Row Crop Challenge Winner Kopper Kutter

Innova Memphis, a Tennessee-based venture firm, has announced the winner of its first $100,000 Row Crop Challenge powered by AgLaunch as part of the Farm Journal Expo last week. After pitching in the final four, selected from a group of national applicants, Kopper Kutter was voted by a panel of farmers as the lucky inaugural winner.

FBN Announces Winners of Farmer2Farmer Startup Pitch Contest: Augean Robotics & Rogo

Augean Robotics, a startup building autonomous farm equipment, and Rogo, an automated soil testing startup, both won awards at Farmers Business Network‘s (FBN) first startup pitch contest last week.

Both companies will be featured on FBN Direct Marketplace for free for a year, a platform that connects farmers with exclusive FBN-member discounts from companies farmers know, use frequently and love.

Merck Acquires Digital Livestock Tech Antelliq for $2.4bn in Biggest Agtech Acquisition on Record

US pharmaceutical company Merck has acquired digital livestock and animal health tech company Antelliq Group for €2.1 billion ($2.37 billion).

Antelliq manufactures sensors for animals, including ear tags for dairy cows through a product called Allflex that can monitor cows’ activity and provide traceability.

Canadian Automated Vertical Farm Systems Developer Inno-3B Raises C$6m Seed Funding

Canadian vertical farming systems developer Inno-3B has completed its first seed round of financing at nearly C$6 million ($4.45m).

Located in Quebec and Ontario, the company provides turnkey vertical farming systems for a variety of customers, from researchers, biotechnologists, and small-scale farmers, to regional and multinational producers.

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