NANALYZE: One of the big reasons were rooting for the future is that the worlds biggest tech fund, the SoftBank Vision Fund, planted $200 million in the biggest agtech funding round ever for San Francisco-based Plenty. That brought total funding for the three-year-old company up to $226 million.
Adele Peters for Fast Company: The acquisition of a computer vision startup speeds the companys goal of helping farmers grow enough food for an exploding global populatio
Nikkei Asian Review: The business model would strip away the hurdles farmers currently face when trying to enter commercial solar power generation. They would be able to secure enough electricity for their own needs and have a surplus from which to gain an additional source of income.
Nina Sparling for Technical.ly Brooklyn: The Brooklyn landscape is going green - and not just on rooftop farms. Of late, the borough has seen an explosion of innovation about how to grow fresh, healthy food in the heart of the city.
Jason Tatge for VentureBeat: Because its still early days in the realm of digital ag, theres a big risk that sellers are going to try to get farmers locked into their data systems and policies.
Analog Devices' Monitoring Initiative Aims to Improve Crop Quality and Yields and Boost Profitability of Local Farmers
The initiative instructs student farmers how to use Internet of Things and blockchain technologies to track the conditions and movement of produce from "Farm to Fork" to make decisions that improve quality, yields, and profitability.
Tara Duggan for The San Francisco Chronicle: In the field, self-propelling harvesters lop off the heads of cabbages, then funnel the 8-pound goliaths to workers who trim and sort them. Inside a nearby Taylor Farms packing plant, a three-armed robot pivots and turns to maneuver bagged salads squarely into packing boxes.
Lars Wecks for Trend in Tech: A new camera from Cubert, working in collaboration with VITO Remote Sensing and imec, based on research from the European Space Agency, is bringing high-resolution details to precision farming.
Alex Sampson for The Weekly Times: Monsanto Australia technology boss James Nielsen says agtech is "about smart farmers getting smarter using digital technology".
DuPont Acquires Ag Software Company Granular to Accelerate Digital Ag Strategy and Help Farmers Operate More Profitable Businesses
Transaction Reflects DuPonts Commitment to Shaping the Agtech Market; Granulars CEO Sid Gorham to Lead Digital Agriculture for DuPont
Control Engineering UK looks at the role that machine control has played in helping make vertical farming a commercially viable option.
Matt McFarland for CNN Tech: NatureSweet, which grows tomatoes on six farms in the United States and Mexico, is using artificial intelligence to better control pests and diseases in its greenhouses.
Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: The past year has seen market launches for microbial products developed to help plants resist stresses from pests and harsh environmental conditions.
James Carroll for Vision Systems Design: Prospera explains that its digital farming system aims to collect, digitize, and analyze vast amounts of farm data and optimize all aspects of production, from agronomy to labor management.
Alex Knapp for Forbes: But what attracts investors to this sector? And what should AgTech startups know about talking to potential investors?
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