Why Silicon Valley should take ag tech more seriously

Arian Aghajanzadeh for GreenBiz: A 2015 report by McKinsey & Company stated that agriculture and hunting remain the least-digitized industries in the United States. However, farmers long have sought cost-effective tools to increase the efficiency of their fields.

Western Growers ag tech center exceeding expectations

Ashley Nickle for The Packer: The center continues to work on strengthening relationships with the venture capital community, and it is seeking feedback from growers on the startups at the center and the technology in development.

How The AgTech Investment Boom Will Create A Wave Of Agriculture Unicorns

Arama Kukutai & Spencer Maughan for Forbes: With indoor farming, disruptive retail, along with genome and microbial tech all vying for the big dollars, there is understandable angst for the "have nots" trying to attract capital to compete with the "have mores."

Ag Startup Inocucor Adds $9.5M for Microbes that Improve Yields, Soil

Frank Vinluan for Xconomy: When applied to plant seeds or on farm fields, or used in indoor growing operations, the company says these products can help improve crop yields, shorten growing periods, and help form healthier and more resilient soil.

Grow Pod Solutions Introduces Automated Farming to the Investor Community

Grow Pod Solutions has developed the world's most advanced growing pods. Their container farms are fully automated, and feature innovations such as greenhouse control software, Bipolar Ionization, automatic dosing, fertigation scheduling and full-time surveillance.

Farmer's Business Network, Inc. Announces $110 Million Series D Funding

Funding Enables Rapidly Growing Farmer Network to Accelerate the Independent Digital Farm Economy

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.

9 AgTech Startups Using AI to Grow Smarter

NANALYZE: One of the big reasons we're rooting for the future is that the world's 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.

How John Deere's New AI Lab Is Designing Farm Equipment For A More Sustainable Future

Adele Peters for Fast Company: The acquisition of a computer vision startup speeds the company's goal of helping farmers grow enough food for an exploding global populatio

A couple of 30-something guys swapped high finance for farmland and now manage $575 million

Raul Hernandez for Business Insider: Because of the many uncertainties involved in farming, outside investors are sometimes unwilling to take a long-term investment approach, making some farmers skeptical of working with outside investors.

Agriculture Biologicals Company NewLeaf Symbiotics Announces Second Close to Complete its $30MM C Round Financing

The company's commitment to tapping the advantages of Methylotrophic bacteria has positioned it as a leader in agricultural biologicals.

DuPont Acquires Ag Software Company Granular to Accelerate Digital Ag Strategy and Help Farmers Operate More Profitable Businesses

Transaction Reflects DuPont's Commitment to Shaping the Agtech Market; Granular's CEO Sid Gorham to Lead Digital Agriculture for DuPont

Startup utilizing artificial intelligence and computer vision for farming receives $15M in funding

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.

Three Questions For An AgTech Investor

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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