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Agriculture AgTech Investments

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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Agriculture AgTech Incubation

WGCIT, a California-based AgTech incubator secures first international partner

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT), a California-based AgTech incubator, announced July 30 the government of Canada as its first international partner. The WGCIT, which is located in Salinas, California, is one of the first agricultural technology centers in the United States that is dedicated to bringing innovative entrepreneurs together with farmers to […]

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AgTech Food Processing Investments

Saskatchewan Launches $1 Million Agtech Growth Fund

The Agtech Growth Fund (AGF) is a research and development (R&D) funding program designed to accelerate the commercialization of game-changing technological innovations in the province’s agricultural sector. Through AGF, Innovation Saskatchewan (IS) provides non-repayable grants to projects that address a specific industry challenge. “Growing our ag economy is a key part of Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan […]

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AgTech Biotech Precision Ag Sustainability

Novel pheromones to combat climate change

PheroSyn, a company spun-out from Rothamsted Research, the world-leading agricultural research centre, has announced its plans to develop and supply new types of insect pheromones.  PheroSyn’s mission is to develop and supply novel insect pheromones that will be deployed to protect crops and reduce the use of pesticides. The first products are designed to target […]

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Aeroponics Hydroponics

Aponix vertical barrel: “a solution to set up 3-dimensional cultivation space”

The aponix vertical barrel system is an alternative vertical NFT solution from Germany to enable local or hyperlocal edible plant production in 3D. Aponix provides robust horticulture building blocks instead of rack systems that make it possible to set up grow spaces efficiently within a 3-dimensional cultivation space and at the same time be able […]

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AgTech Water

LTI (Liquid Technology International) Water Treatment Technology

LTI Water Enhancement Technology (LIWET) is the technology which changes the structure of water and enhances its function and benefits to the livings on the globe. LIWET can be applied to any type of water including city water, well water, river and lake water, and even sea water in which each of those applications there could […]

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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 Webinar

AgTech Webinar: Innovation and technology in food and farming

Globally we are fast-moving more toward a technologized society as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown in medicine, education and the way we work. Agriculture too is at the forefront of this revolution with a fledgling sector called agtech. Farmers challenged by climate change, labor shortage, water and land supply shortage and the depletion of arable […]

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Agriculture Policy

Agri-Food Pilot to ensure Food Security in Canada

The Agri-Food Pilot is conceptualised to build resilience in the agriculture sector, which sees thousands of jobs go unfilled each year. It helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. The pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. It will run until May 2023. […]

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Crop Insurance

Crop insurance brings food security for farmers

The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative by the World Food Programme (WFP) provides an important platform for educating smallholder farmers on climate risk adaptation. The initiative, which began in 2017 in Kitui County in eastern Kenya, enables the poorest farmers to manage climate risk through crop insurance that they can access by participating in risk reduction […]

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AgTech Research

Yanmar develops modular robotic platform for agriculture

Yanmar R&D Europe, with its European research facility based in Florence, Italy, focuses on a variety of field-based studies to bring added value to the agriculture industry. This include the two-year, four-million Euros ‘SMASH’ (Smart Machine for Agricultural Solutions Hightech) project being carried out in cooperation with 10 technology partners to develop a mobile agricultural […]

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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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Policy

Young millennials as the future of Philippine agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippines, is set to engage 900 fresh graduates (batch 2019-2020) as ‘frontliners’ to assist in the implementation of agriculture programs in each congressional district nationwide. Millennials will be tapped as on-the-job trainees (OJTs) for about six months, given an attractive allowance, and later will get employed and detailed at each […]

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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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Uncategorized

Farm records and its importance

A farm record can be a book, document, file (excel spreadsheet), or software that is used to keep track of the different activities that occur on your farm relating to your operations. Farm records may seem like a highly administrative task that can consume a lot of time, but once you get the hang of […]

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Uncategorized

Positive side: Farmers in direct contact with big buyers

The lockdown is driving some long-awaited positive changes in agriculture – it is bringing farmers in direct contact with big buyers in cities and is forcing a change in cropping practices that will help rejuvenate the soil and conserve water. The acute shortage of labour will severely restrict the popular practice of paddy transplantation in […]