Wells Fargo Awards $300,000 to THRIVE's AgTech Innovation Platform

Ten startups with technologies focused in soil health, food safety and traceability, decision making support, and robotics and infrastructure comprise this years THRIVE Accelerator program participants.

Australia - New network to boost farm tech capabilities

Gregor Heard for Queensland Country Life: The Rural IoT Network will provide the backbone infrastructure for shared networks of wireless sensors that constantly report on essential farm metrics.

AgriTech Accelerator Reveals Class Of 2017

Robert Morris for Nibletz: Iowas AgriTech Startup Accelerator Attracts California Startups

Aimed at Bringing Open-Source Farming to Consumers, Cool Idea! Award Grant Helps FarmBot Maintain Momentum

FarmBot is an open-source, small-scale farming machine that gives individuals the power to create a digital garden using a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Through their Cool Idea! Award, the product's designers leveraged Proto Labs' on-demand injection molding service to decrease production costs and increase quality at scale.

Agriculture giants Bayer, Monsanto merging

John Boyd & Mike Weaver for The Hill: When they are done, the market will be dominated by two large and two smaller companies - spelling disaster for American farmers and consumers who will see food costs go up and innovation decline.

Trump heads to heartland for tech push

Jonathan Easley, The Hill: Trump will visit Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, home of the nations largest two-year agricultural college program, to view the schools cutting edge "agricultural geo-spatial technology and precision farming" techniques.

AgriTech In India: How Startups Are Changing The Face Of Indian Agriculture

AgriTech Investors Roundtable: According to the latest report, for 2016, over $3.23 Bn was invested in agriculture sector worldwide. Of this, 53 Indian agritech startups raised $313 Mn.

When Investors With No Ag Background Dive Into AgTech

AgWeb.com: An influx of investors is bringing more money to seed-stage AgTech startups. And while that is an incredible thing for the industry at large, it certainly comes with its own set of challenges.

New funding to grow food for a better future

We realize that were only at the beginning of the Bowery journey and we couldnt have asked for a better group of investors to help us grow in this next stage.

Smart farming methods need IoT technologies

Richard Wilson for Electronics Weekly: Technologies such as IoT can be used to address the need for sustainable food production to support the current rate of population growth, according to IoT analyst firm Beecham Research.

Top 7 technologies in precision ag

Catie Noyes for Farm and Dairy: Precision agriculture and agricultural technology have come a long way in the past five to 10 years.

What's Slowing the Use of Robots in the AG Industry?

Precision agriculture isn't just rhetoric; it's real-time intelligence flowing into analytics software that transforms that flow into meaningful, practical information that farm managers can react to quickly. That data -- and that process -- have costs and, for the last few years, farmers have been stretched because commodity prices are down.

An Urban Farm Grows in Brooklyn

Melissa Fares for Reuters: For 12 months, farmers each get a 320-square-foot steel shipping container where they control the climate of their own farm. Under pink LED lights, they grow GMO-free greens all year round.

Piracy In The Fields: Agricultural Trade Secrets A Tempting Target

Bryan Thompson for Harvest Public Media: Agriculture today is a high-tech business, but as that technology has developed, so has the temptation to take short cuts and to steal trade secrets that could unlock huge profits.

More Farmers Considering Drone Use

Hoosier Ag Today: A new poll finds 21 percent of farmers plan to operate a drone this year. The poll found 21 percent of farmers will operate the drone themselves, while another 12 percent of farmers indicated they would opt for a third-party entity to fly drones.

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