Meet the "connected cow"

Nic Fildes for Financial Times: Farmers are placing sensors on various parts of cows' bodies - including the tail, neck, hooves and stomach - to help increase the productivity of their herds.

IKEA & Top Chef David Chang Round Out AeroFarms Financing For $40M Series D Round

AeroFarms: Having raised in total over $100 million in corporate and project financing, AeroFarms will used the latest round of funds for continued investment in leading R&D and technology and additional farm expansion around the world.

Roots $5m IPO will heat the ground so we can grow strawberries in winter

Melissa Yeo for Stockhead: Roots sells an underground heating and cooling system for crops that increases yields and allows crops to be grown out of season.

GardenSpace, a Smart Garden Robot that Waters, Monitors, and Protects Plants, Launches on Kickstarter

The GardenSpace camera sensor monitors health by determining how chlorophyll level, plant growth, and plant temperature change over time, and then sends precise information to the gardener via an accompanying app.

'Tell me phone, what's destroying my crops?'

Jorn Madslien for BBC: The app, called Plantix, was developed thousands of miles away in Berlin, Germany, by a group of graduate students and scientists who came together to help farmers combat disease, pest damage and nutrient deficiency in their crops.

3 skills tomorrow's farmer will need

Mike Wilson for Farm Futures: When IBM and Silicon Valley invest in ag, you know it's not your daddy's farm anymore.

World's First Solar Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philadelphia

Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: It plans to grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet. "The panels are already installed and turned on, now we're building out the farm.

Plastomics is growing the next generation of crops with agtech

Christine McGuigan for Silicon Prairie News: Plastomics' chloroplast engineering is a platform that can efficiently introduce multiple traits into the chloroplast and enable simple, more predictable breeding of traits.

Vertical Farming Looks to Go Mainstream

Richard Jones for Greenhouse Grower: The summit was a mix of education, advocacy, and policy discussion about urban agriculture - vertical farming in particular - targeted at finding ways to broaden its adoption in cities around the country and around the world.

Indigo Harvests $156M to Boost Agtech R&D, Harness Crop Microbes

Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: Indigo's work focuses on beneficial microbes-the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that naturally coexist with plants. Some of these microbes work with plants, helping them overcome stresses that they face over a growing season.

Are vegetable flats the future?

Fresh Plaza: Vertical cultivation systems are seen as the solution increasingly often. By working in a controlled environment and on multiple layers, an enormous amount of food can be produced on a small surface.

Antarctica Is Getting a Farm That Can Grow Produce Even When It's -100 Degrees Fahrenheit Outside

Futurism: The farm will feature a year-round greenhouse that can grow food for researchers at the Neumayer III polar station on the Ekstrom Ice Shelf.

Ikea is bringing a pop-up vertical farm to London

Lisa Bowman for Researchers from the SPACE10 lab at the Lokal pop-up want to show the general public that delicious, fresh food can be grown right in your home, using a hydroponics farming system.

Digital Technology Meets Agronomy

Pam Smith for The Progressive Farmer: Drones buzzed overhead a tractor and spray boom projected images to simulate how spray nozzles can use new technology to spray only where weeds had escaped previous controls.

Farms that grow crops and solar power together

Fran Ryan for The Recoder: The farm at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research and Education Center on North River Road in South Deerfield is offering proof that solar arrays and agriculture don't have to be at odds, but can actually exist together within the same field.

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