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Moving to Mainstream: AgTech Gathers $2.06bn in the First Half of 2015

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What a start to the year! Today AgFunder releases its Midyear AgTech Investing Report (Free Download) and 2015 has already lived up to expectations. Nearly surpassing investment volumes captured during the whole of 2014, the first half of 2015 brought in $2.06 billion of capital across 228 deals.

How Monsanto & The Climate Corporation See the Future of Tech in Farming

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“These are exciting times, these are challenging times, but the breakthroughs are incredible,” says Erik Andrejko, VP of Science at Climate Corp. When it comes to finding ways to feed our ever-increasing population while combating the effects of climate change, Andrejko sees some clear parameters: “It’s going to be about integrated solutions—integrating information from different sources from different pieces of equipment.

5 Questions about 3D Printing in Agriculture with Tech Education Specialist Jack Hemenway

AgFunderNews recently had the opportunity to ask Jack Hemenway of Moss Enterprises, a leading technology education provider to a host of industries including farming, five questions about the future of 3D printing in agriculture and what every investor should know about this exciting new technology.

How Precision Agriculture is Revolutionizing Black Gold Farm’s 30,000 Acre Operation

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Editor’s Note: AgFunderNews recently had the chance to speak with Gregg Halverson, President of Black Gold Farms. Halverson will be speaking at the Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit, taking place in Salinas, CA, July 8-9.

Shedd Aquarium Receives $2M in Quest to Unravel Microbiomes’ Mysteries

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Microbiomes are all around us—and even inside us. According to The Human Microbiome Project, tens of trillions of the little cells live on and inside humans. Representing thousands of species, microbiomes outnumber our own cells by roughly 10 to 1.

5 Observations from GAI AgTech Week in San Francisco

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As we look ahead to the Forbes AgTech Summit later this week, we took a moment to reflect on GAI’s AgTech Week, which took place two weeks ago in San Francisco, to make a few observations on what’s happening in agtech.

Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter Sees $20 Billion Future for Salinas Driven by AgTech

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Editor’s Note: AgFunderNews recently had the opportunity to speak with The Honorable Joe Gunter, Mayor of Salinas, on the relationship between agriculture and technology both in his home town and around the world.

Maritime Data Powerhouse Spire Announces Close of $40M Series B Round

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According to the American Association of Port Authorities, “The United States is served by some 360 commercial ports that provide approximately 3,200 cargo and passenger handling facilities.” Food and farm products, including wheat and wheat flour, corn, soybeans, rice, cotton, and coffee are listed among the leading commodities shipped for domestic and foreign trade through U.S.

Futuristic Jellyfish Barge Offers Floating Food Scarcity Solution to Farming-Challenged Regions

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As the world population continues to climb, so does the demand for food. With a finite amount of arable land, keeping up on the supply side is a major challenge for farmers located in certain regions of the world.

Chinese-Based Kingenta Announces Partnership with Israel to Promote Water Efficiency in Farming

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Earlier today, Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group announced the launch of a broad scale agricultural partnership between Israel and China. Founded in 1998, Kingenta is a Chinese technology enterprise dedicated to the development, production, and marketing of compound fertilizers, slow/controlled -release fertilizers, water soluble fertilizer, and other specialty fertilizers.

Smart Irrigation Provider CropX Nabs $9M Series A Marking Farm2050’s First Investment

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Smart irrigation company CropX has announced a $9 million Series A round led by Innovation Endeavors, Finistere Ventures, GreenSoil Investments. Prior backer OurCrowd also participated in the round. CropX uses wireless sensors and big data to help farmers conserve water used in crop growing operations.