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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.

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.

Revised SEC Regulation A+ Opens New Door to Funding

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A new investing and finance rule that will provide more opportunities for startups to attract early-stage capital and more options for investors to get involved in the space took effect last Friday.

Zymergen Seals $42M Series A to Continue Mass Production of Microbes Using Robotics

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Microbial DNA maker Zymergen recently announced a $42M Series A led by Data Collective, with a group of investors participating, including AME Cloud Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurveston, HVF, Innovation Endeavors, Obvious Ventures, True Ventures, and Two Sigma Ventures.

Pop-Up Food Market Facilitator La Ruche Announces $9M Series B Round

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Food retailers have been hot on the trail of new ways to help consumers stock their pantries and refrigerators. Using platforms similar to Amazon, many have turned to the internet to provide shoppers with a digital supermarket and fast delivery.

Meal Kit Maker Blue Apron Announces $135M Dollar Deal

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Following the heals of Delivery Hero’s recent $110M funding announcement, two additional online food delivery companies have announced the close of respective funding deals. Blue Apron, a New York-based meal delivery service, recently sealed a $135M Series D funding deal led by Fidelity Management and Research Company.

Back to the Roots Nabs $2M in Quest to Become The “New Kraft Foods”

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Oakland-based food company Back to the Roots announced this morning that it has closed its first funding round to the tune of $2 million. Fund Good Jobs, an Oakland-based organization designed to increase employment opportunities in the region, led the round.

Precision Irrigation Provider Hortau Secures $5M Investment from ACAP

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Precision irrigation management provider Hortau announced earlier this week that it has secured $5 million in funding from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners (ACAP). ACAP, which holds a Rural Business Investment Company license from the U.S.

Drone Software Developer Botlink and Hardware Developer Packet Digital Announce New Partnership

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Aerobotic Innovations, a drone control and safety application, announced recently that it has partnered with Packet Digital LLC to offer new products that will combine their respective state-of-the-art software and hardware technologies.

Aspada Invests $3.3M in Indian Farming-as-a-Service (FAAS) Provider EM3 AgriServices

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Indian investment and holding company Aspada recently announced a $3.3M Series A investment in Delhi-based EM3 AgriServices. EM3 represents one of the first private sector ventures to tackle the field of farm mechanization and technology services.

Farm Management Company VitalFields Closes $1.2M Series A Funding Round

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VitalFields announced recently that it has secured $1.2 million in Series A funding from an international syndicate of investors, including SmartCap, the investment arm of the taxpayer-funded Estonian Development Fund, and an undisclosed large Silicon Valley based investor.

IIM Ahmedebad’s CIIE & ICAR-NAARM Launch India’s First Food & Agriculture Accelerator

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India is currently witnessing the launch of its first Food and Agri-business Accelerator program. Many entities are involved with the accelerator, with the IIMA Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and a-IDEA, the business incubator at Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) leading the program.

XpertSea Reports $1.3 Million Seed Round

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Quebec City based company, XpertSea, announced $1.3 million in seed funding from Real Ventures, a Canadian seed stage venture fund. The company provides inventory management solutions for aquaculture producers, specifically through its product, XperCount, a mechanism that can count tiny aquatic organisms in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes.