Earth Day provides a prime opportunity to reflect on the state of environmental sustainability in the food and agriculture industry.
It's now been over a year since Western Growers (WGA), the member association for west coast fruit, vegetable, and permanent crop farmers, opened the doors of its Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas.
Also this week, VDO TechAccel and microbiome startup Indigo both expand their leadership teams.
We caught up with Chris Davidson, director of planning and business development of John Deere’s Crop Care platform and John Teeple, director of technology in the Precision Ag Technology Group to find out.
The Climate Ventures 2.0 application deadline has been extended to March 31, 2017, while a new initiative at UC Merced aims to position current students at the edge of the intersection between food, energy, and water.
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.
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.
Also, John Deere has opened a strategic technology office in the Iowa State University Research Park and Aggrigator launches a Farm to Shelf Marketplace for small farmers to sell direct to restaurants, schools, and grocery stores.
There was a more diverse set of technology startups serving the cannabis market in 2016, although investment levels were similar to 2015.
Alltech and its accelerator partner Dogpatch Labs discovered that many startups were not looking for equity investment, according to Alltech CIO Aidan Connolly.
Land O'Lakes, the major US dairy cooperative, is calling on innovators from the tech industry to enter the Land O'Lakes Prize.
The university is about to launch its second accelerator program.
Equity investing in just one way TechAccel, a venture development organization, works to accelerate innovation in agriculture.
Early stage resources for agtech startups continue to grow as Nuritas founder named Women of the Year and Syngenta launches a new challenge for artificial intelligence.
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.
The accelerator, which is based in New York, selected eight startups from over 500 applications to take part in its 14-week program.
The multi-sector accelerator program is launching its first agtech program alongside one for robotics and employs a different model to most.
The White House, FDA, and NOAA made key moves that could impact the food & ag industry during the first few days of 2017.
It's been a busy year for AgFunder as our member and subscriber base grew to over 25,000 and we posted nearly 500 articles on AgFunderNews. Here's a look at the year's 10 most read stories:
Is more venture capital investment on your wish list? Or are you hoping to see more robotics startups or employable talent in the space? We spoke to a range of industry insiders to find out what they're dreaming of for 2017.