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AgTech startup AppHarvest partners with Dutch government to create America’s AgTech capital

AppHarvest, a startup building North America’s largest greenhouse, announced it’s partnership with the the governments of the Netherlands, the state of Kentucky and several universities and private companies to create an AgTech capital in Appalachia. The venture will partner with local and international experts to help boost the state’s economy, while increasing the country’s food supply.

Signatories to the agreement include the following:

  • Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality (LNV), Directorate International Affairs.
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Office of the Governor
  • Dutch AgTech companies Dalsem, Signify, Certhon, Light4Food, Priva and Rijk Zwaan
  • The Netherlands’ HAS University of Applied Science and Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • The University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College
  • Dutch public-private network organization NLWorks
  • AppHarvest

“It means we don’t have to invent the wheel, that we have partners that have done this, that have created what we are looking to create. It’s an opportunity to build our economy in a way where we never have to worry about whether there’s going to be food on the shelves of our grocery stores.”

Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

The company says it expects to eventually deliver produce to not just grocery stores in Appalachia but also those in surrounding states. Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they’re ripe and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%.

“This long-term partnership will add jobs and create a new signature industry for our Appalachian region. It also demonstrates the kind of international cooperation that we need more of on the national level.”

Jonathan Webb, CEO & Founder, AppHarvest

AppHarvest is building some of America’s largest greenhouses, combining conventional agriculture techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical-free produce. AppHarvest greenhouses offers huge advantages vis-a-vis conventional agriculture. These include:

  1. 90% less water: Our high-tech greenhouses distribute water more efficiently, reducing usage by up to 90%.
  2. 365 days production: Growing indoors eliminates weather and seasonal constraints, empowering our region with a resilient food source.
  3. 40% less gas: Our hybrid lighting system with Philips GreenPower LEDs increases harvests while reducing natural gas usage in cooler months.

Gov. Beshear also signed an executive order creating the Governor’s AgriTech Advisory Council, which he will chair and will include several other leaders of state and local government, business, and education.

Read more at The Lane Report

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AI-driven agritech startup, Connecterra, raised €7.8 million to make the dairy industry more productive

Dutch startup Connecterra has secured €7.8 million ($8.75 million) in a Series B funding round from a group of investors including ADM Capital, Kersia, Pymwymic, Breed Reply and Sistema_VC. Connecterra, founded in 2014, aims to empower animal farmers of all sizes to increase productivity, while reducing the substantial impact that animal agriculture has on our planet.

Connecterra is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and operates in 16 countries. The €7.8 million raised is the biggest ever series B funding round completed by a Dutch AgTech company active in farm animal technology. 

Connecterra’s Intelligent Dairy Farmers Assistant “Ida” is an artificial intelligence-powered service that uses data collected from dairy cows to offer meaningful insights and recommendations. With the funds the startup Connecterra will accelerate the growth of its predictive AI platform, ‘Ida’. So far ‘Ida’ has evolved from sensor tech to a full-stack technology and AI platform, combining proprietary sensor hardware, animal data, third-party enterprise data, and machine-learning algorithms.

“Empowering farmers and the industry with a connected, AI driven platform is a necessity for the future of food production. The COVID-19 outbreak has brought into sharp focus the weaknesses in our food system that is disconnected and faces threats from climate change and a dwindling labor workforce. With the support of our top-class investors, customers and partners, we are well positioned to democratize access to our technology to millions of farmers across the globe.”

Yasir Khokhar, CEO of Connecterra

Connecterra has seen adoption of the Ida platform by industry giants such as Danone, Bayer and food safety expert Kersia. The technology is being used to create sustainable farming models that have eliminated the use of hormones, reduced antibiotic usage by up to 50%, and increased farm efficiency. The platform is also part of the Farming for Generations (F4G) consortium led by Danone, aimed at implementing regenerative agriculture practices.

The latest funding will equip Connecterra with the funding needed to grow its presence in dairy leading regions such as Europe, North America and New Zealand and further scale out and develop the AI models and technology behind Ida.

Read more at Connecterra

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World Horti Center launches Online HortiXperience

As sharing knowledge and connecting partners in horticulture is also important at this time, World Horti Center starts with the unique Online HortiXperience. This package of online services consists of an Online Tour in which experts take visitors on a tour of the World Horti Center and share knowledge about the sustainable and innovative greenhouse horticulture sector.

How does the Online Tour work?

The HortiXperts use the World Horti Center website to explain why Dutch greenhouse horticulture is so successful, what innovative greenhouse structures and installations there are and what is happening in the All Climate Greenhouse and the World Horti Center research center.

Read more at World Horti Center