AgTech

  • Bext360 is using robots and the blockchain to pay coffee farmers fairly

    Bext360 is using robots and the blockchain to pay coffee farmers fairly

    Coffee is the world’s second-most-traded commodity, after petroleum. Some 125 million people make a living growing coffee. Most are smallholders, or small-scale farmers whose families live on less than $2 a day. Now, a Denver-based startup called Bext Holdings Inc. wants to make it easier for these farmers to get a fair price, and get paid instantly, for their beans. Read More

  • How Winnipeg focused on local strengths to create a tech hub in central Canada Crunch Network

    How Winnipeg focused on local strengths to create a tech hub in central Canada

    The brick warehouses that line Winnipeg’s Exchange District look the same as they did in the mid-nineteenth century, but commodity traders and grain transporters have moved out and tech companies have moved in. While agriculture and manufacturing faced increasing pressure over the past few decades, the city has developed a tech sector that enabled Winnipeg to reinvent itself. Read More

  • Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and data

    Arable raises $4.25 million to demystify farming with sensors and data

    Believe it or not, farmers in the U.S. have faced a labor shortage for years. U.S. citizens aren’t drawn to agriculture the way they were in previous generations. The labor trend has pushed farmers to automate some of the tasks done by agronomists and field workers in the past, using software, robotics and IoT devices like Arable’s. Read More

  • Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball

    Vinsight gives grape and almond growers a high-tech crystal ball

    Farmers know how hard it is to predict yield accurately. High-value crops like grapes or almonds prove particularly challenging. Farmers expect, and settle for, twenty to forty percent uncertainty with these crops. Vinsight founder and CEO, Megan Nunes, who grew up in the farming business, found that unacceptable. After almost a decade-long career in the satellite industry, she turned her… Read More

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

    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 FarmLead has raised $6.5 million in venture funding to connect grain producers and buyers automatically online, and help farmers get fair prices for what they grow. Read More

  • How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling

    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 spoilage of fruits and vegetables. How big a problem is food waste? The most recent available reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that each year we waste more than 25… Read More

  • FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

    FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a Series C round of funding for technology that helps farmers monitor and measure their crops, predict profits, manage risks from weather and pests and more. Naspers Ventures led the round, joined by the company’s earlier backers Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, SV Angel and individual… Read More

  • Will technology prevent the next food shortage crisis? Crunch Network

    Will technology prevent the next food shortage crisis?

    According to scientists, the answer to an impending food shortage might be found in a new age of digital technologies that have proven their worth in different fields and have the potential to transform agriculture and food production and meet the consumption needs of the growing human population before we’re driven to eat cockroaches — or worse, each other. Read More

  • Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm Crunch Network

    Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm

    It’s entirely possible — even probable — that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you’re busy. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn’t happening as we speak. Read More

  • WeFarm’s ‘Quora for farmers’ scales up in Africa with $1.6M from LocalGlobe

    WeFarm’s ‘Quora for farmers’ scales up in Africa with $1.6M from LocalGlobe

    Agricultural tech, or agtech for short, has gradually become a fascinating vertical for startups. It’s a huge, traditional market, just waiting for the new tools provided by the cloud. In Europe, a huge food producer, it’s of particular significance. But it’s in emerging markets that it could have the biggest impact. Something like 500 million small-scale farmers around the… Read More

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