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This Week’s Headlines in AgriFood: Fintech for Farmers, Blockchain, Glyphosate, Del Monte, and more

May 17, 2018

The AgriFood News Aggregator features headlines from around the globe collected on AgFunder’s news sharing platform #feedit each week. Have news to share? Post it here and engage, share, and debate with your peers.

AgriFood Tech Venture News

African FinTech Company Cellulant Raises $47.5 Million – Forbes

Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Announces Startups for 2018 Cohort – PR

Pivot Bio Reports Expansion of Leadership Team – PR

Inocucor Changes Name to Concentric – PR

Former Cargill Investment Manager Brett W. Duffy Joins Decisive Farming as Chief Financial Officer – PR

Dream Water Acquired by Canadian Cannabis Co. Harvest One – PR

Tom Brady’s Vegan Meal-Kit Maker Gets Del Monte Capital Infusion  – Bloomberg Uses Blockchain to Make Sourcing Local Sustainable Goods Easy, Championing Local Farmers – Foodshed

AgriFood Industry News

Tesco and Modelez commit to human rights action, Kraft Heinz lags – new report from $5 trillion investor coalition – Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Merged Bayer-Monsanto will corner the market on farm data and software – Des Moines Register

Controlled Environment Agriculture Experiencing Rapid Growth – PR

Beloved Tate’s cookies has been scooped up by Oreo’s parent company – Fast Company

The Soil Health Institute announces methods for evaluating soil health indicators at a continental scale – Soil Health Institute

Study: young European farmers are few, highly qualified and invest a lot of money – Agroop

Rapid Growth Of Blockchain Brings Opportunity, Change to Agriculture – PR

Don’t miss FOOD IT: The Full Stack! – The Mixing Bowl


AgriFood & Tech Commentary

These Shipping Containers Have Farms Inside – Bloomberg

No Time to Waste: A New Model for Agricultural Forecasting – Gro Intelligence

People, Power Costs Keep Indoor Farming Down To Earth – AP

Laws of Tech: Commoditize Your Complement  – Gwern

Has wine gone bad? – The Guardian

Corporate VC arms increase a corporation’s shareprice – Medium

Rise Of The Rise Highlights AgTech Startups – Farm Journal AgTech

Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future – MIT Tech Review

AgriFood Policy News

Emails Show FDA Chemists Have Been Quietly Finding Glyphosate in Food  – Modern Farmer

Organic Farmers Association Applauds USDA for Termination of Organic Checkoff – PR

Federal budget 2017: What it means for farmers across Australia – ABC

Obamacare Calorie Count Rules Ushered In – Scientific American

China pledges support for Mozambique’s agriculture – APA News

Immigration battle now looms large ahead of major farm bill vote – CNN

Farm Bill Controversy Centers On Food Stamps – NPR

What Could the Next Farm Bill Mean for the Organic Program? – Civil Eats

Floor debate on House farm bill begins – High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

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