Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

Osram Acquires Stake in Montreal-Based Horticulture Start-up Company Motorleaf

- Osram's venture capital arm Fluxunit invests in Canadian company for high-end greenhouse technology - Motorleaf's data analytics pave the way to smart farming

Samsung Electronics Begins Offering LED Component Solutions for Horticulture Lighting

Samsung introduces a high-power horticulture package and adds horticulture lighting specifications to several existing lineups

Current by GE Announces Its Broadest Portfolio of New Product Releases

-Proprietary solutions include patented disinfection technology for healthcare and LED tubes with integrated TriGain* technology - Product lines showcase ease of installation and future expansion across all categories

Osram Advances to Become a Leader in Digital Farming Solutions with Acquisition of Texas-Based Fluence Bioengineering

- Osram acquires one of the world's leading suppliers of smart grow lighting. - US-based Fluence expands Osram's portfolio of horticultural systems.

AEssenseGrows Boosts Clone Production 50% with New AEtrium-2.1 SmartFarm-72

The four-layer high-density AEtrium-2.1 SmartFarms are designed for high-volume cultivators and come in 24-, 48-, and now 72-tray configurations.

Seawater Greenhouse brings agriculture to world's harshest environments

Matt Hickman for Mother Nature Network: Seawater is pumped to the greenhouse installation where it's used to cool and humidify the hot desert air drawn into the structure's growing area using fans before going through an evaporation process that distills saltwater

Innovative Greenhouses Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Janice Cantieri for National Geographic: Instead of trapping heat, these greenhouses are made with breathable, aluminum-coated cloth netting that reflects some of the sunlight, reducing inside temperatures.

McCain Foods makes significant strategic investment in vertical farming

McCain Foods is actively engaging with entrepreneurs in developing and commercializing agri-food technologies; the strategic investment in TruLeaf is in direct support of McCain Foods' innovation strategy.

Applications Now Open for The Radicle Automation Competition

Startups specializing in agriculture automation can now apply for a $250,000 minimum investment.

DVO Commissions First Anaerobic Digester Installation in Pennsylvania

The biogas generated from the waste streams is powering a 300 kW gen-set which delivers renewable electricity to the local grid.

Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

AP: The German Aerospace Center DLR, which coordinates the project, said Thursday that by May scientists hope to harvest 4-5 kilograms of fruit and vegetables a week.

Impossible Foods Announces $114 Million Convertible Note as Startup Prepares for Rapid Expansion in the US and Overseas

-Lead investors include Temasek and Sailing Capital -Food tech startup's $114 million convertible note brings total investments to nearly $400 million -Impossible Foods will launch its first international market later this month when the Impossible Burger debuts in Asia

Investment-ready disruptors in ag showcased at Boston's AgTech Nexus USA

Presentations and interactive panel discussions will address investment opportunities in upstream agtech advancements - where global investments have grown to $4.2 billion from $2.36 billion in the past three years, according to AgFunder.

AgShift, a US-based Start-up Raises US$2 Million Funding From Exfinity Ventures Among Others

AgShift is building world's first autonomous food inspection system using Deep learning and they plan to use the funding to strengthen product development and expand customer reach.

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