In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (January 19, 2018)

The world of agritech is changing every day. Check out our weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on the evolving world that is agriculture technology.

How Adoption of Blockchain Technology Will Disrupt Agriculture

Blockchain is disrupting many industries, banking and finance especially, and is now helping to solve agriculture-related problems. As consumer consciousness toward food safety begins to rise, blockchain will begin to play an important role within agriculture.

Read more here, via Inc 42.

4 Supply Chain Predictions for 2018

From moving past simple analytics to artificial intelligence to increasing reliance on robots, here are four supply chain predictions for the new year.

Read more here, via Supply Chain Dive.

How IoT Can Provide Greater Value to the Agriculture Industry

Did you know that the Internet of Things has the potential to improve economic performance and transform farming productivity? It is best achieved when linked to machine learning and data analytics.

Read all about it here, via IoT Agenda.

Blockchain: The Next Revolution in the Food Supply Chain

With blockchain, the food industry will have a more transparent and credible supply chain, as more consumers are interested in knowing where their food comes from, and the passage that it takes throughout the chain.

Read more here, via Food Dive.

In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (January 12, 2018)

The world of agritech is changing every day. Check out our weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on the evolving world that is agriculture technology.

10 Ag Tech Advancements From 2017

There are many new innovations that will change how farmers do business within the next few years. From incorporating robots into the planting of corn to data-captured devices and drones, farming will see plenty of new ag tech advancements.

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Importance of Agricultural Technology

The benefits of agricultural technology are endless. From higher crop productivity to the reduced impact on natural ecosystems and increased worker safety, farmers will no longer have to apply fertilizers and water across entire fields themselves.

Read more here, via the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Expanding the Potential of Supply Chain Visibility with Blockchain

In a survey conducted by Chain Business Insights last year, more than a third of supply chain professionals said they are already implementing blockchain-based solutions, and a quarter said they are at least familiar with the technology.

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5 Precision Agriculture Technologies to Watch in 2018

The push toward collecting data on every aspect of the farm has taken off over the past few years, and it’s likely that there will continue to be an increase in tools that translate data into information farmers can use.

Read more here, via Farm and Dairy.

The Seam adds five agribusiness leaders to Board of Directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2018 – The Seam, a leading provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, today announced that it has recently added five new board members, who will continue to help guide and position the company as a leader in agritech. Joining The Seam’s Board of Directors are Kevin Brinkley, Jay Hardwick, Tommy Hayden, Hank Reichle and Krista Rickman.

theseam-logo“We are fortunate to have global-leading agribusinesses and industry thought leaders serving on our board,” said Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO at The Seam. “True innovation requires the right combination of technology and business know-how. The accumulative industry knowledge and experience of our board and leadership team provide a globally-reputable foundation for developing agriculture technology solutions of the future.”

Brinkley joins the board representing Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), where he serves as the President and CEO. PCCA is one of the largest originators of U.S. cotton to textile mills worldwide.

Hardwick represents EWR Inc., a company that provides electronic warehouse receipt solutions for a variety of industries like cotton and peanuts. Hardwick is the past Chairman of Cotton Incorporated, National Cotton Council and American Cotton Producers.

Hayden was selected to the board as a representative of Louis Dreyfus Company, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer – Cotton Platform.

Reichle serves as the Executive Vice President of Staple Cotton Cooperative Association (Staplcotn), one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States.

Rickman represents Cargill Cotton, where she is the Global Operations Manager. Cargill Cotton serves growers, buyers, ginners and textile mills through their buying and selling networks, along with warehouses and cotton gins.

Other board members include Joe Nicosia of Louis Dreyfus Company, William Barksdale of Cargill Cotton, Lonnie Winters of PCCA, and Phil Burnett.

About The Seam
The Seam was founded by leading global agribusiness companies and specializes in commodity trading and management systems. In December 2000, it began operating the world’s first completely online, anonymous exchange for cotton trading. Since that time, the company has leveraged its software and application development expertise in agriculture to expand into other commodity segments, including peanuts, grains and dairy. The Seam is a proven leader in the agritech space, having cleared or processed more than $8 billion through its platforms, and recently launched an innovative BI tool for peanut producers and handlers. For more information, visit


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In the Know: This Week’s Blockchain Round-Up (January 5, 2018)

The world of blockchain is changing every day. Check out our weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on this evolving technology.

‘Blockchain’ Mentions in Press Releases Have Soared This Year

With the start of the new year, comes even more blockchain coverage, with 110 corporate releases already mentioning the world blockchain over the first four days of 2018.

Read more here, via Bloomberg Technology.

4 Buzzworthy Ways Blockchain Can Streamline Your Business

Since December of last year, blockchain development has grown more than 200 percent in popularity. Blockchain can increase security and provide decentralization, among other things, when using it to streamline your business.

Read more here, via

Blockchain Improves Visibility in the Food Supply Chain

With the world population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, this increases the need for the food supply chain to become more efficient, reliable and accurate.

Read more here, via Food Safety Tech.

Blockchain’s Promise Goes Beyond Fintech

Blockchain can reduce the cost of peer-to-peer data and remove the need for third parties and middlemen across numerous industries.

Read more here, via Computer Weekly.

In the Know: This Week’s Blockchain Round-Up (December 29, 2017)

The world of blockchain is changing every day. Check out our weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on this evolving technology.

Let’s Talk Blockchain: What’s Coming in 2018?

We’re going to see more use out of blockchain technology in 2018, with financial analysts expecting it to be the source for 20 percent of global finance by 2020.

Read all about it here, via Jaxenter

How the Blockchain is Redefining Trust

Blockchain could help to shorten the length of the lifecycle of trade from not just days, but to minutes. By 2022, ledger technologies could save banks $15-20 billion a year.

Read more here, via Wired.

Blockchain Is Pumping New Life Into Old-School Companies Like IBM and Visa

It’s estimated that by 2022, the market for blockchain-related products and services will reach $7.7 billion, up $242 million from last year.

Read more here, via Fortune.

NexGen Supply Chain: Blockchain Thoughts at the Height of the Holiday Season

Now is the time to think big in the early stages of blockchain, as it promises to transform how business is done.

Read more here, via Supply Chain Management Review.

Unilever Taps into Blockchain to Manage Tea Supply Chain

Unilever will launch a one-year pilot project that will manage transactions on its tea supply chain by leveraging blockchain technology.

Read more here, via Supply Chain Dive.

In the Know: This Week’s Blockchain Round-Up (December 22, 2017)

The world of blockchain is changing every day. Check out our weekly round-up stay in-the-know on this evolving technology.

How Blockchain Could Revolutionize Commodity Markets

Blockchain could help secure the means of exchange of raw materials, as well as open up channels of trade among buyers and sellers that have previously been seen as credit risks.

Read more here, via Bloomberg

How Blockchain Technology Could Transform the Food Industry

Blockchain has the ability to change the food industry, by reading a QR code that would be able to track anything from an animal’s date of birth to the location of where the livestock was harvested.

Read more here, via The Conversation.

Blockchain’s 2018 Goal? Human Rights Over Financial Gains

It’s been an exciting and progressive year for blockchain. 2017 saw the rise of new tokens and funds, along with the largest increase in the global blockchain participant tool.

Here’s what needs to happen in 2018, via CoinDesk.

In the Know: This Week’s Blockchain Round-Up (December 15, 2017)

The world of blockchain is changing every day. Check out our weekly round-up to stay in-the-know on this evolving technology.

5 Sectors Blockchain Is Disrupting That Are Not Cryptocurrency

Elections and voting, along with transaction-based real estate, are among some of the major sectors currently being disrupted by blockchain technology, which is proving to be far more valuable on a global scale that any market capitalization of cryptocurrencies.

Read more here, via Entrepreneur.

 Securing the Internet-of-Things with Blockchain

With connected devices, homes and vehicles right around the corner, this also means that economies, platforms and payments systems will also have to be integrated. With the development of blockchain, there’s greater transparency and trust, especially within payments.

Read more here, via Cointelegraph.

How Will Blockchain Change the Way We Trade Online?

Blockchain will shake up many industries, include enabling cost-effective, efficient trading at a corporate level.

Read more here, via NewsBTC.

Mingis on Tech: Blockchain Explained

Curious about what blockchain does, how it’s already being used and what makes it so special? This article has every question answered for you.

Read more here, via Computerworld.