The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a three-year, $6.1 million grant to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to expand and accelerate the development and deployment of improved varieties of sorghum for smallholder farmers.
The grant and partnership with NCGA aims to assist smaller corn breeding programs in developing new hybrid seed varieties to broaden the number of corn seed options on the market.
The ag bioinformatics startup for the wine industry will be hiring new staff at its San Francisco and Spain locations to build out its microbial database and global service.
Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto was the week's biggest piece of news, but we also have items from agtech startups, such as Farmigo, accelerators such as Thrive, and legislators.
For the eighth round of this annual event, 20 companies will present across multiple technology categories while panel discussions will focus on food waste, gene-editing technology and a keynote from farmers.
John Deere's acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto has been called into question by US Anti-trust officials, while Caribou Biosciences expands and Virtrus Nutrition acquires Farmeron.
California ag biotech company Ceres is facing a shareholder lawsuit challenging the company’s recent sale to major dairy cooperative Land O’Lakes for $17.6 million.
Monsanto and TargetGene Biotechnologies, a genome-editing company using RNA-guided gene-editing techniques, have entered into a license agreement granting Monsanto an exclusive license to TargetGene’s proprietary "T∙GEE" (Genome Editing Engine) platform.
Vonnie Estes is an agtech consultant with a particular focus on building biotech-focused startups. Here she drills down into the disruption taking place in the industry through innovations in big data.
AgFunderNews caught up with Cierra Martin and Hannes Dempewolf of The Crop Trust, an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity forever, to find out more about its work, and its fundraising initiative.
In agriculture, Caribou Biosciences is researching the use of CRISPR to promote drought tolerance, disease resistance, increase crop yields, and develop healthier crops.
Swiss agribusiness Syngenta has announced the winners of its first ever Syngenta Crop Challenge, which challenged entrants to develop a model that predicts the seed varieties farmers should plant next season to maximize yield.
There's more to big data than precision agriculture, argues Matt Crisp, CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems, ahead of a panel on Cloud Biology for agriculture at the Global AgInvesting conference tomorrow.
The USDA's lacking regulation of gene-edited mushrooms has raised criticism while citizens in China protest Chem China's acquisition of Syngenta over GMO Concerns in this week's industry-in-brief.
Kevin Zussman is an agtech investor with Cultivian Sandbox, a venture capital firm that invests in food & agriculture technology startups. Here writes about pivoting into food and agriculture from other industries.
Hillel Milo, one of the pioneers of the venture capital industry in Israel, turned his attention to food and agriculture in the early 2000s. He tells AgFunderNews more about AquAgro Fund.
Thrive Accelerator, the Salinas, CA-based food and agriculture startup program, has chosen 12 startups to take part in its 8-week program this year.
ESEV Genetics is a research & development company focused on cannabis breeding and genetics. Here Noam Chehanovsky, CTO and co-founder of the company, describes the benefit of MAS.
A busy week of fundings brings newly-named Indigo, Understory, American Botanicals and Gaia Herbs to this week's Fundings-in-Brief