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  • TellusLabs wants to help us better understand our planet

    TellusLabs wants to help us better understand our planet

    If you’ve spent time following companies like Orbital Insight and Descartes Labs, you might assume the geospatial analytics race has been won. But TellusLabs thinks, on the contrary, that the table hasn’t even started to cool. Armed with $3 million in new seed funding from IA Ventures and an investor group including Hyperplane VC, FounderCollective and Project11, the… Read More

  • Bio
    CRISPR creates a way out of regulation for GMO food

    CRISPR creates a way out of regulation for GMO food

    Genetically modified crops are in the midst of a metamorphosis thanks to new gene-editing technology. The latest example is a white button mushroom genetically edited using CRISPR, or the ability to snip out and rearrange parts of an organism’s DNA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it won’t regulate the mushroom because it doesn’t pose a possible threat like GMO… Read More

  • The American Egg Board May Have Used Public Funds To Conspire Against Hampton Creek

    The American Egg Board May Have Used Public Funds To Conspire Against Hampton Creek

    The American Egg Board (AEB) may have violated federal laws by using public funds to try to obstruct Hampton Creek from selling its eggless mayonnaise alternative “Just Mayo.” The USDA has now opened an investigation. Hampton Creek accuses the AEB of conspiring to thwart sales efforts in Whole Foods grocery stores and has obtained a series of emails under the Freedom of Information… Read More

  • Hackathon Challenges Developers To Make A Difference In Ag Crunch Network

    Hackathon Challenges Developers To Make A Difference In Ag

    Drought one year. Flooding the next. If we’ve learned anything in the agriculture industry in recent years, it’s that climate change and extreme weather patterns are the new reality — and all of us have to plan accordingly to help ensure the safety of our food supply. Developers included. Read More

  • Spurring Investments And Innovation In Agriculture Crunch Network

    Spurring Investments And Innovation In Agriculture

    The federal government is often criticized by Silicon Valley for being outdated and slow to react to cutting-edge technologies. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture is striving to shed old-school labels, making swift strides in the past year to accelerate some of the innovative technologies combating the country’s water and ag-related resource issues. Read More

  • U.S.D.A. Giving INEOS Bio $75 Million Loan To Make Ethanol From Waste

    INEOS New Planet BioEnergy — a joint venture between the biofuels division of the chemicals company INEOS, and waste management and biofuel facility consultants New Planet Energy — secured a $75 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biorefinery Assistance Program, the government agency confirmed today. The company plans to use the money to construct… Read More