What Spread is focused on is fully integrated solutions on a large scale and then also adding key technologies to make the business more profitable - so adding lots of automation, sensors and data collection points.
The program is made up of 7 Deep Dive Week sessions, each of which has a specific focus designed to take the startups through the various stages of business development to make them investment-ready.
In a co-manufacturing facility brands are able to scale and launch more effectively through the use of pooled resources on one vertically integrated facility that can meet all of their business needs.
The agricultural drones market is projected to grow at nearly 40% in the coming years to reach a value of USD 4.8 billion by 2024.
Too many growers don't have Standard Operating Procedures in place for even the most recognized audits to come out of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) - GAP, HACCP and SQF among them.
The way we grow is changing and so are the tools we need to be successful. Here are a few recommendations from some of the farms that I've seen are doing it right.
Europe is projected to be the fastest-growing region in the next five years, with numerous ongoing developments and a large number of small and large vertical farms already operating in the region.
If you're a grower, you know how difficult it is to compete in this low margin, high risk business. It doesn't matter what you grow or how you grow it, all crop production is vulnerable.
Technological advancements focused on sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous robots, and drones, when integrated with mechanized equipment, provide applications in various agricultural practices.
The discussions at the summit helped us see where we could make the greatest impact. Sustainable agriculture came out of that conversation. We refer to it as the food, energy, water nexus.
While there may not be as many people trying to 'build their own' as in 2017, the heavy investment in AgTech is sparking a round of products and inventions that will never be viable because they lack a vision and connection to the farmer from day one.
For agricultural and biological engineers this new industrial era vindicates what we have been pursuing all along, and it shines a spotlight on our role in addressing one of humanity's grand challenges: designing resilient and sustainable food systems for the planet.
Each STEM Box can produce between 200-300 lbs. (strain dependent) of dry yield annually (assuming five harvests/year) in only 2400 ft³ of growing space, with peak power consumption (i.e. late-stage flowering) of 400 kWh/day.
Global Seed Companies Target Climate Change and Nutrition Needs, but Miss 90% of World's Million Smallholder Farmers
Access to Seeds Index shows seed industry making slow progress in key regions, including Africa. Thailand's East-West Seed leads the way, followed by Syngenta and Bayer. Lack of crop diversity a major constraint; hybrid seed dominates while legumes largely ignored
With many on-farm processes being repetitive, occurring at inconvenient times of the day or night, and having adverse effects on worker health and safety, the agricultural sector has the opportunity to develop and use autonomous machinery on-farm.
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