While a number of outside investors have been great assets to our industry, many others have been a net negative for agriculture, writes Jim Budzynski.
Drew Fox asks, is farmland investment the best way to access the opportunity in agriculture, or is there a better solution?
We are very proud of the coverage we've given the food and agriculture technology market over the year, but there are always, of course, stories in other publications that we wish we'd written!
Catch up on a diversified week of fundings in the food and agtech market as things start to heat up as we approach the end of the year.
It was a busy week for the agriculture sector including anti-Trump CEOs, cannabis legalization, organic farmland increases and GMO bans.
Sixty-seven percent of the large institutional investors invested in agriculture in Prequin's database said they were interested in investing in agtech.
US farmland values fell 0.2 percent in Q3, representing a shift from 0.7 percent growth during Q2. Whole Foods is in a spot over two cases of Hepatitis in Detroit, while Western Growers plans to award startups at its upcoming AGM.
Public and philanthropic investors provide the bulk of funding for initiative trying to reverse or prevent land degradation globally, but there's a role for private investors too, argues Renee Cheung, founder of Bonterra Partners.
Today BEE, a Mexican-American agricultural venture development firm, comes out of stealth to launch an end-to-end agriculture platform for emerging markets.
An Australian farmland fund joined a drone company, microbe manufacturer, consumer products, and food e-commerce startup to raise funding and highlighting the diversity of the ag investment space.
A private equity exit, a new hire in the farmland investment market, continued public concern over GE food labeling, and the plight of the bee contribute to this week's industry-in-brief.
Local pension funds are starting to show interest in the country's agriculture sector again, according to QIC.
Fish traceability, Paine & Partners Verdesian Life Sciences, farmland investment, GMO labeling, and dangerous pesticides make up this week's Industry-in-Brief.
Willow Hill Ventures will invest in growth stage agtech companies beyond Series B stage taking advantage of IFC’s portfolio of farmland across the US.
Three industry mergers & acquisitions top this week's Industry-in-Brief as the debate over GM salmon and food labeling continues, and a Saudi Arabian dairy company's purchase of alfalfa land in California causes concern.
Last month AgFunderNews caught up with Andy Ziolkowski, managing director at Chicago-based agtech VC Cultivian Sandbox, to discuss a growing trend for investing in both farmland and agtech.
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.
A further 36 funds, across farmland, agribusiness and agriculture technology, are still in the market targeting $7.5 billion collectively, according to Prequin.
This week's industry news brief includes M&A news, a food e-commerce IPO, weather technology capital raising, a $46m farmland sale, and regulatory developments for the US food industry.
Welcome to another AgFunderNews' Fundings in Brief, including food and agriculture technology funding news and industry insight from the week.