farming

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

After scrapping Monsanto deal, Deere agrees to buy precision farming startup Blue River for $305M

Five months after abandoning its proposed purchase of Monsanto’s precision planting subsidiary due to anti-trust concerns, agricultural equipment giant Deere and Company announced that it will spend

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

A farm shouldn’t be a factory

A shift to technologically driven organic farming practices could save our topsoils, lessen our dependence on synthetics and even capture 100% of today’s CO2 emissions.

Ceres Imaging raises $5 million to pinpoint crop stress for farmers

Oakland, Calif.-based Ceres Imaging has raised $5 million in a Series A investment led by Romulus Capital. The startup uses cameras, sensors and software to pinpoint crop stress in the field for farm

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

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

Prospera raises $7 million to put computer vision and AI to work on the farm

A Tel Aviv-based startup called Propsera has raised $7 million in new venture funding to build out systems that will monitor and help farmers improve the health of their crops, and optimize their oper

SwagBot will autonomously roll them little dogies along rough Australian ranchlands

Is nothing sacred? The rugged trails that over history have been trod by cowboys, gauchos, ranch hands, and in Australia, swagmen, are now to be presided over by cold, calculating machines. SwagBot is

Farmigo shuts down its online farmer’s market

Farmigo, an online farmer’s market that allowed consumers to shop for locally grown food via the web, then pick up those orders at nearby locations, says it will now be shutting down its deliv

The land grab for farm data

Farmers are adopting smart-sensor technologies and connected farm equipment more quickly than ever, stretching each season to eke out greater yield from finite acreage. This rise in so-called precisio

Bosch, Flextronics back CropX to help farmers grow more food without wasting water

A Tel Aviv startup that wants to help farmers produce more food with fewer resources, CropX, has attracted sensor manufacturers Robert Bosch and Flextronics International as strategic backers. Specifi

Indigo Is Mapping Plant Microbiomes To Produce Next Generation Crops

David Perry thinks the secret to agricultural challenges like drought resistance might lie in the bacteria that live in a bunch of grass on the beach. That's just one example that Indigo, a company

Necessity Is Driving Agricultural Innovation Indoors

According to the United Nations, the earth will house an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050. Consequently, more food will need to be produced over the next four decades than has been produced over t

DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

DroneDeploy is on a mission to make drones accessible to industrial users who have a business need for conducting outdoor landscape mapping and monitoring. So, in other words, it wants drones to be pu

Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Earth’s Growing Population

We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilitie

An Oculus Rift For Chickens Gives Animals The Freedom To Roam Without The Roaming

Oculus Rift has plenty of potential for changing human interaction, but what about other animals? One project from Iowa State University assistant professor Austin Stewart (via FastCo Exist) imagines

Silent Herdsman Raises Another £3M For Its Wearable Collars That Keep Tabs On Cows

U.K. startup, Silent Herdsman, has raised £3 million for its wearable collars for cattle that are designed to help dairy and beef farmers better manage their herds by detecting decision-triggering co

BrightFarms Reaps $4.9M Series B To Expand Its Urban Greenhouse Network

BrightFarms, which builds greenhouses in urban areas, announced that it has raised $4.9 million in Series B funding from NGEN Partners, Emil Capital Partners, BrightFarms founder Ted Caplow, and other

Software Eats Meat: AgLocal Disrupts The Food Industry From Farmer To Fork, Launches In NYC With 20 Celeb Chefs On Board

<a target="_blank" href="http://aglocal.com/">AgLocal</a>, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed marketplace that connects farmers to meat buyers and distributors, is now launching in New York City with 20 c
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