agriculture

Smartsheet co-founder’s next project is a robotic rock picker-upper

A co-founder of Smartsheet, the enterprise collaboration startup that just filed for an IPO, is taking a hard right turn into the world of agriculture robotics. Brent Frei has been working on an autom

Pitching a wearable to make cattle farming more sustainable, Vence raises $2.7 million

A new startup called Vence from sunny San Diego is aiming to make cattle farming more sustainable with a wearable device to create virtual fences for livestock. The company has raised $2.7 million in

Pitching a wearable to make cattle farming more sustainable, Vence raises $2.7 million

A new startup called Vence from sunny San Diego is aiming to make cattle farming more sustainable with a wearable device to create virtual fences for livestock. The company has raised $2.7 million in

Entocycle uses larvae to fuel a more sustainable food chain

No matter how many tears are shed watching “Okja,” people are still going to eat meat—and the raising of meat is hard on the planet. Even feeding livestock and fish has an ecological cost. Soybe

Agtech startup Prospera, which uses AI and computer vision to guide farmers, harvests $15M

Tel Aviv-based startup Prospera has raised a $15 million Series B to expand the scope of its technology, which uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to help farmers analyze data gathered fr

Microsoft launches AI for Earth to give $2M in services to environmental projects

After helping to launch the Partnership on AI with Google, Facebook and others; and doubling down on AI research, today Microsoft unveiled a new initiative that points to how it plans to target specif

Abundant Robotics rakes in $10 million for apple harvesting robots

GV (formerly Google Ventures) is leading a $10 million investment in Abundant Robotics, a company building apple-picking robots that could eventually be adapted to harvest other fruits. Joining GV in

This beekeeper is rescuing bees with deep learning and an iPhone

Hobbyists around the world are hacking solutions to their problems using machine learning. The latest, Swedish beekeeper and inventor Björn Lagerman, is building BeeScanning, an app that applies some

Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels

As industries go, agriculture represents one of the worst environmental offenders. Besides all the fertilizers, pesticides and water they use, farms also burn a lot of fossil fuels and money to keep t

An eBay for grain trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called Fa

ProducePay raises $77 million in debt and equity to revolutionize farm financing

When Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck was growing up he always loved the work he saw going on around his family’s farm. But without the aptitude for it, Schwarzbeck chose to go the business school rout

Farmer’s Business Network cultivates $40 million to help farmers buy seeds at favorable prices

GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and DBL Partners co-led a $40 million investment in Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., the company announced on Tuesday. FBN started as something of a profes

How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus and mold and slow the

Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food in

Uncorking innovation with Treasury Wine Estates in Napa

What wine makers are going after with applied technology and science is a more profitable piece of an already sizable market. Consumers spent $38 billion on U.S.-made wines alone in 2015 according t

Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups

Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world’s largest makers and marketers of meat products, has announced the formation of a $150 million venture capital fund to back food and agriculture startups. Acco

How mixed reality and machine learning are driving innovation in farming

Farming is, by far, the most mature industry mankind has created. Dating back to the dawn of civilization, farming has been refined, adjusted and adapted -- but never perfected. We, as a society, alwa

Five industries that should take a cue from Netflix and crowdsource parts of its tech

By crowdsourcing for solutions using machine learning to utilize the abundant data available across these five industries, we can find relevant signals and patterns among the noise and make these indu

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 18th class

500 Startups’ 18th demo day wrapped up this afternoon in San Francisco. The companies that presented ranged from financial technology all the way to yet another attempt to try and fix conference

Farmers Business Network raises $20 million to help farmers avoid spending on what they don’t need

A startup called Farmers Business Network has raised $20 million in new venture funding to support the growth of its professional social network and data-sharing platform for agronomists. FBN co-found
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