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AgTech firm Farmers Business Network raises $250M

Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., a US based agtech firm with a mission to power the prosperity of family farmers around the world by helping them maximize their profit potential, has closed a $250m Series F funding round. The round was led by BlackRock Inc., with participation from new investors Baron Capital Group, Balyasny Asset Management […]

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AgTech Education

A launchpad for international agricultural startups

Innovations that help feed the world have no boundaries, but in Iowa, they do have a hub where they can prosper. That’s why America’s Cultivation Corridor launched the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program™. Now, international startup companies and entrepreneurs can visit, learn, and connect with Iowa’s world-renowned agricultural research, academic, and business communities. Representing a […]

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e-Commerce Supply Chain

Tanzanian agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits hopes to scale into new verticals

East Africa Fruits, after bagging a $3.1 million investment that comprises both equity and debt capital, has witnessed tremendous growth in its farm-to-market sector B2B e-commerce platform. The company aggregates demand and deliver a wide range of fresh produce directly from farms to retailers, wholesalers, local vendors, restaurants and cafés, hotels and exporters. Founded by […]

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AgTech Digital Solutions

The Microsoft for Agritech Startups program

In its efforts to bolster the India’s startup ecosystem, Microsoft announced the launch of the program, “The Microsoft for Agritech Startups” on June 3, 2020. The program is intended to help startups build industry-specific solutions, scale, and grow with access to deep technology, business, and marketing resources. This program offers the best-in-class tech and business […]

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AgTech Intellectual Property Rights

How will we support data exchanges in agriculture?

As agriculture becomes increasingly digital and mobile via increasing use of consumer devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.), it is important to understand how data is being collected, interpreted, and utilized. Moreover, data sharing is going to be fundamental to deriving value from data analytics in agriculture. The absence of legal and regulatory frameworks around the collection, […]

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AgTech Investments

South African agri-tech startup Aerobotics raised US$5.5 million in funding from Naspers Foundry

Cape Town-based Aerobotics, uses aerial imagery from drones and satellites, and blends them with machine learning algorithms. This helps in early problem detection and offer personalised solutions to tree and wine farmers and optimise crop performance. The startup’s cloud-based application Aeroview provides farmers with insights, scout mapping and other tools to mitigate damage to tree […]

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Agriculture Education

Agriculture Training Support Program in Alberta

Agriculture Training Support Program is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to getting Albertans safely working. As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Risk Management programs, this program will improve the agriculture and agri-food sector’s ability to anticipate, mitigate and […]

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Agriculture

Despite lockdown, producers didn’t change planting plans in USA

As compared to 2019, planted acreage in 2020 is as follows: Corn Planted Acreage at 97.0 million acres Up 8 Percent Soybean Acreage at 83.5 million acres Up 10 Percent All Wheat Acreage at 44.7 million acres Down 1 Percent All Cotton Acreage at 13.7 million acres Down Less Than 1 Percent As compared to […]

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e-Commerce

Go-to-market approach: Bayer joins hands with AgroStar

Bayer has partnered with AgroStar, a Pune-based e-commerce firm in the farm input space, to deliver seeds and crop protection products directly to the farmer’s doorsteps. Farmers in India can now order Bayer’s seeds and crop protection products through AgroStar’s digital agri-tech platform. With increasing incidence of online e-commerce platforms, the trend is fast catching […]

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Policy

Data driven agriculture leads to Sustainable Ag

Putting data to use requires an effective balancing of economic and social interests while minimizing trade-offs. Technologies like genetic modification, protected cultivation, automation help produce more food than we need to survive. The current food system, with its reliance on a handful of crops, is inadequate and unsustainable in the face of climate change and […]

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Food Loss/Waste

Washington growers have a billion pounds of potatoes that they can’t sell

Washington growers have a billion pounds of potatoes sitting around that they can’t get rid of because restaurants don’t need them. Ninety percent of Washington potatoes go to processors. Due to this lockdown, processors and restaurants are closed. This lead growers to the brink of financial collapse. When all of that shuts down, it has a […]

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African Development Bank’s seed-bulking scheme boosts cassava yields in Zambia

For centuries, African farmers across the continent have grown cassava. But Zambia’s cassava growers were not deriving as much out of the crop as was possible. Farmers in the southern African country used low-quality planting materials and suffered from poor harvests leading to hunger and poverty across many of the country’s villages. To tackle this […]

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Policy

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership opens up E-Business opportunities for agri-food

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year federal- provincial-territorial initiative to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri- products sectors, and increase their competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability. The Governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities that will help create new, expanded or enhanced […]

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Farmer forced to dump 17,000 gallons of milk

Farmers in North Carolina are dumping fresh milk they can’t sell during the coronavirus pandemic. Homeland Creamery supplies milk to restaurants and coffee shops. Many of those establishments are closed. There is a 65-percent decrease in total milk sales. Because there’s no one to buy milk in bulk, Bowman said he has no choice but […]

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COVID-19 and the Capitalist Food System

As we discover our agricultural system is responsible for spreading the virus, we also realize how perilously dependent we all are on those very systems of food provision for survival. Both of these problems are caused by one problem: our food system as a whole is controlled by private, for-profit capitalists. It is the profit […]

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Romanian fruit pickers flown to UK amid crisis in farming sector

Romanian workers are being flown in to help feed Britain amid a continuing recruitment crisis in the agriculture sector. Special charter flights have started flying into the UK from Bucharest with desperately needed workers for British farms that risk losing their crop of early summer fruit and vegetables because of the coronavirus lockdown. All passengers […]

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What is Agricultural Accounting?

Agricultural accounting applies to your family farms or corporations runs their business in agriculture. It does not matter what kind of products you produce or sell in the market. The agricultural production cycles are so unique that the accounting methods used in other industries can not be applied in some cases. For example, some crops […]

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Agri-food industry to receive federal support for migrant workers in Canada

$50-million has been allocated to help farmers, the fish industry, and meat processors put in place measures to be able to provide migrant workers the ability to isolate for 14-days. Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau says the food and supply chains are essential for maintaining fresh foods and vegetables for all Canadians. […]

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Use the COVID crisis to transform the agri- marketing system in India

Here are a few suggestions that may help to put the agri-system on an efficient path in India. One, abolish/reframe the APMC Act and encourage direct buying of agri-produce from farmers/farmer producer organisations (FPOs). The companies, processors, organised retailers, exporters, consumer groups, that buy directly from FPOs need not pay any market fee as they […]

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Experts welcome agri stimulus, stress on proper distribution

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina on Sunday declared to form a Tk 50 billion scheme for small and medium scale farmers who could get loan at 5.0 per cent interest rate in Bangladesh. The decision came following an upcoming probable food crisis across the globe due to the virus pandemic. While declaring the scheme, she […]

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USDA Announces Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans Now Extended to 12 Months

Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities. Spring is the season […]

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Singapore announces SGD 30 million investment in agri-food industry

Singapore on Wednesday announced a 30-million Singapore dollar investment in the agri-food industry to speed up the production of commonly consumed food items like eggs, vegetables and fish during the coronavirus crisis. Called the 30×30 Express grant, it aims to strengthen Singapore’s food security, as part of its goal of meeting 30 per cent of […]

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States told to ensure no hurdles to agri exports

The Government of India (GoI) has asked states to ensure that farmers don’t face any problems in shipping exportable items during the lockdown. India is a big exporter of agricultural products with an agri export revenue of $38 billion in 2018-19. The government has identified 21 agricultural products, including honey, potatoes, grapes, soybeans and groundnuts, […]

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Changing Agricultural Perspectives: ‘Agri at Heart’ to ‘Agri-Smart’

Agriculture is an important and sustainable contributor to Jamaica’s economic development. Its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 was 7.2 per cent. In the same year the sector was identified as the second-largest employer of labour, employing 15.1 per cent of the labour force. In fact, three out of every four farmers […]

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Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

With increasing intention and intensity, farmers are being vilified by many—including those in the environmental, scientific and policymaking communities—as enemies of our planet, as indiscriminate polluters and wasters of our air, soil and water resources. However, for anyone who has ever walked a field with a multi-generational family farmer and seen the pride that comes […]