Also in this week's funding sheet, Waycool, a fresh produce distribution service for smallholder farmers in India raised funding from George Soros-backed Aspada Investments.
The Yield is an Australian microclimate sensing, IoT and predictive analytics startup for aquaculture and agriculture.
Further M&A activity from large agribusinesses like Jain is essential so we caught up with Observant to find out what pieces of advice the cofounder would give to farm-based agritech startups hoping to turn their businesses into acquirable companies.
Hemendra Mathur, agribusiness investment lead and venture partner at Bharat Innovations Fund in India, writes about five trends in agritech innovation
Catalina Sea Ranch, the first offshore shellfish ranch in US federal waters, has raised funding for its mussel farm off the coast of Southern California, and for research into growing environmentally-beneficial giant kelp.
Weather data company Pessl Instruments is collaborating with Huawei on releasing new products in 2017. Find out more and how Phytech is being deployed in Australia in this week's Ag Industry Brief.
FreshDirect was the week's biggest deal, followed by startups from Europe, Israel, and Argentina also raising capital, making this a very diverse week for agtech funding.
Ahead of the PrecisionAg Vision Conference in Phoenix, Arizona next month, James Sulecki writes about five key trends in horticulture technology.
Verizon is deploying its agriculture IoT service on three new Californian vineyards, USDA awards $33.4m in grants to ag innovation initiatives, and more in this week's industry brief.
Internet and cellular connectivity, and power are not always luxuries the world’s farmers can rely upon, whether in the US or in Indonesia. Gotham Analytics has a one-stop solution.
The Verizon AgTech product aims to improve the connectivity of sensors and other data-capturing devices on the farm, but will only function with certified hardware providers.
MimosaTEK, a Vietnamese agtech startup providing data, decision support, and remote control capabilities through sensors and a cloud platform, recently won the Vietnamese round of Seedstars World competition.
The Dutch connected wearables company serves the dairy industry and attracted a globally diverse set of investors to its seed round.
Byte Foods, a service delivering lunches to businesses in San Francisco, has acquired Pantry, the manufacturer of smart fridge kiosks in an all-share deal.
FreshSurety, which is using IoT to report real-time freshness, location, and temperature of food, and Plasma Nutrition are two startups receiving $50k each.
The Californian start-up raised the Series B funding from names such as Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures and Campbell Soup Company.
Vilsack's visit to Cuba with Obama, lighting indoor lunar greenhouses, winners of a water innovation accelerator, and Mars joining the GMO labeling party are all featured in this week's Industry-in-Brief.
Catalina Sea Ranch wants to help bridge a $10 billion seafood deficit in the US with the first offshore shellfish ranch in Federal US waters.
Startup Weekend, a 54-hour startup competition that fosters ecosystem development, is coming to Ventura County, California.
The Center for Innovation and Technology is being sponsored by Bayer CropSciences, Farm Credit, Monsanto, Prophet North America, Toro Micro-Irrigation, Taylor Farms and JV Smith Companies, and is still open for applications.