Welcome to AgFunderNews’ weekly roundup of funding and industry news from across the globe. This week, the increasing pension fund interest in farmland as an investment was further confirmed with a new $100 million commitment, while a private equity-backed Indian dairy company added to its recent IPO fundraising effort, and a couple of wine technology fundings were sure to have enthusiasts raising their glasses.
AgBiome has received another grant from the Gates Foundation while a European accelerator plans to spend $1.26m on agri-food startups and Alphabet is planning to use drones to deliver food.
The startup combines natural ingredients and patented biochemistry with traditional cheese- and dairy-making techniques to create dairy alternatives.
MastiLine, a Dutch startup, develops and manufactures an automated monitoring system to detect the early signs of mastitis, an infection that impacts milk production for many farmers.
The Dutch connected wearables company serves the dairy industry and attracted a globally diverse set of investors to its seed round.
Harper Adams University's innovation hub is the latest initiative aimed at fostering growth in the UK's slow-growing commercial agtech sector.
Ahead of a speaking slot at next month's World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in San Francisco, the secretary for agriculture for California talks about how the state government supports agtech innovation.
Silent Herdsman is a startup in the growing wearables market for livestock, although it's one of very few that have been funded by venture capital.
The New Zealand fund manager expects to hold a second close during the first half of 2016 and a final close by the end of the year.
The Californian startup is aiming to manufacture alternative dairy products with better nutritional and taste values than others on the market, according to co-founder Dr Neil Renninger.
AgFunderNews weekly roundup of fundings, M&A, and food and agriculture policy: what got most people talking this week was Impossible Foods' whopping $108 million Series D round.
Read about the public and private funding of two Indian dairy operations, a farmer relief program in France and the cancellation of a private equity seafood deal.
There is an emerging trend building in India for young startup businesses to partner with large, local corporates. Sickle Innovations, a business focused on designing efficient agri equipment for agriculture in India, as entered into one such partnership.
New Zealand-focused asset manager Craigmore Farming is launching its second fund to focus 100% on dairy at the request of pension fund clients.