In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (March 9, 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.

Retailer Carrefour Using Blockchain to Improve Checks on Food Products 

Carrefour, Europe’s largest retailer, ensures that they meet general safety and ethics standards by using blockchain to track where products come from.

Read more here, via Reuters.


AgFunder: $2.6 Billion Invested in Ag Tech in 2017

2017 was a record year for agrifood tech investing, with a 29 percent venture investment increase in year-over-year funding for agrifood technologies.

Read more here, via Ag Professional.


Eight Ways Blockchain Will Impact the World Beyond Cryptocurrency

From banking and payments to cybersecurity, blockchain will allow us to exchange money faster and more securely, as well as make sure all data is verified.

Read more here, via Forbes.


Bio-Gene Serves Up Next Generation of Novel, Environmentally Friendly Insecticides

Agtech company Bio-Gene Technology is working to provide a range of products that will offer a safer way of effective insecticides on crops for future generations.

Read more here, via Small Caps.


3 Dow Stocks You Had No Idea Were Testing Blockchain Technology

As more U.S. multinational companies welcome the adoption of blockchain, there are several that are in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Find out what Dow stocks are testing blockchain here, via The Motley Fool.


Shark Tank Eyes Hottest Agriculture Technology

AgLaunch focuses on connecting early-stage agtech companies with farmers by presenting them with new ideas on farming technology that covers all facets of agriculture.

Read more here, via AgWeb.

In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (March 2, 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.

Agricultural Technological Innovation

Currently, one in every seven working Texans has an agriculture-related job. Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is currently looking into new ways to use technology at the farm level in production of the food we eat, in hopes of creating sustainable agricultural growth and providing safe and affordable food through the food system in Texas.

Read more here, via The Battalion.  


Can the Digital Revolution Transform Agriculture?

Thanks to digital solutions, farmers can connect to financial tools and markets around the world, as well as exchange services and money.

Read more here, via The Brookings Institution.


6 Industries that are Using Blockchain to Drive Business Value Right Now

Companies are incorporating blockchain into their everyday business operations, with 16 percent purchasing blockchain enabled tools, and another 22 percent developing tools using blockchain.

Read more here, via TechRepublic.


Here’s How Agriculture Plans to Overhaul its Tech

The Agriculture Department will soon go through a tech renovation, by consolidating 39 data centers into two facilities, as well as focus on introducing artificial intelligence tools to agency call centers for automatic online processes.

Read all about it here, via NextGov.

 

In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (February 23, 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.

Montana Ag: Precision Agriculture is Changing Farming 

Precision agriculture technology helps to make farming more efficient and profitable, an adoption happening soon within the business of farmers.

Read more about it here, via KPAX.


Forget Bitcoin. It’s All About the Blockchain

You may have heard the word bitcoin lately, but it’s time to get familiar with the word blockchain technology, a public distributed ledger managed by a peer-to-peer network of computers.

Read more about this advancing technology here, via Forbes.


USDA to Rename Client Technology Services Under IT Modernization Drive

The USDA is working on a federal information technology modernization, after shifting their focus on enterprise end-user services under U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, leading to a rebrand of the agency’s Client Technology Services as the Customer Experience Center.

Read more here, via Federal News Radio.


Growing More Ag Entrepreneurs

Did you know that earlier exposure to entrepreneurship in Iowa schools can create new opportunities for advances in agricultural technology? Increasing sources of venture capital in Iowa are helping to bolster the state’s climate for ag startups.

Read more here, via Wallaces Farmer.


7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Blockchain

Blockchain is a ledger that keeps track of transactions. Now, a handful of companies are figuring out how to benefit from this new technology, in more ways than just keeping track of cryptocurrency transactions.

Read more here,  via Yahoo Finance

The Seam Joins Field to Market to Link Sustainability Data with Blockchain Technology

MEMPHIS, Tenn.February 22, 2018 – The Seam, a leading provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, today announced its affiliate membership with Field to Market, an alliance for sustainable agriculture dedicated to defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.

The Seam“We are excited to join Field to Market to begin integrating sustainability metrics and associated algorithms from the Fieldprint Platform into The Seam’s agribusiness software products,” said Mark Pryor, Chairman and CEO at The Seam. “Combined with blockchain technology, these integrations provide us with a powerful new tool set for delivering provable sustainability attestations, selective transparency, data security and privacy through a comprehensive platform.”

Field to Market began as a conversation on sustainability between agricultural supply chain stakeholders back in 2006. Since then, it has built a diverse group of more than 125 members representing all facets of U.S. agriculture, which includes grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public-sector partners. Its Fieldprint Platform, which links all points on the agricultural value chain, is a pioneering assessment framework that empowers brands, retailers, suppliers and farmers at every stage in their sustainability journey, to measure the environmental impacts of commodity crop production and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Notable agribusiness members of Field to Market include American Peanut Council, Cotton Incorporated and the National Cotton Council, all of which The Seam is involved with as well.

About The Seam
The Seam was founded by leading global agribusinesses and specializes in custom software development, commodity trading and management systems. In December 2000, it began operating the world’s first online, anonymous exchange for cotton trading. Since that time, the company has leveraged its software and 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 innovative business intelligence tools for peanut producers and handlers. For more information, visit www.theseam.com.

About Field to Market
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is a diverse collaboration working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being. Its work is grounded in science-based tools and resources, unparalleled, system-wide collaboration and increased supply-chain transparency. For more information, visit fieldtomarket.org.

In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (February 16, 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.

Agriculture and Technology: Industry Progress Lies in Collaboration and Looking Further Ahead

Water is an essential need for agriculture, and because of it, companies are looking within water use and irrigation for technology’s ability to advance agriculture in various regions.

Read more here, via Precision Ag.


As Technology Advances, Drones Set to Become a Crucial Tool in Agriculture  

From measuring temperatures to determining engine speed and altitude, drones can also be equipped with GPS units to measure lake water quality and can capture the total volume of biomass in an area.

Read more here, via Farm and Ranch.


Puerto Rico’s Governor is Bullish on Blockchain as Part of Island’s Comeback

The Governor of Puerto Rico, along with his office and the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development, will meet at the “Puerto Crypto” conference next month, after the governor has expressed interest in blockchain because of its transformative and disruptive components for business and government.

Read more here, via CNBC.


Decentralized Digital Identities and Blockchain – The Future as We See It

As the world looks to a new model for digital identity, individuals need a place to store their identity data in a secure, encrypted digital hub.

Read more here, via Microsoft.

In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (February 9, 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.

Next-Gen Agriculture & Food: What Did We Learn at Cleantech Forum SF?

There are plenty of new digital technologies within the agriculture and food sector, that can help farmers improve their processes. Check out what was discussed at Cleantech Forum San Francisco, from digital agriculture to sustainable food systems.

Read more about it here, via Cleantech.


5 Blockchain Opportunities No Company Can Afford to Miss

Incorporating the use of blockchain into your company can help to provide a competitive edge, by reducing costs and increasing traceability to name a few.

Read more here, via Forbes.


Nasdaq Blockchain Expert: Technology Could Be Used in Any Industry

Blockchain is a foundational technology that could potentially be applicable to all industries. Companies like Nasdaq are interested in blockchain due to its ability to keep track of possession of digitized assets, without the need for a trusted third party.

Read more about it here, via Memphis Daily News.

In the Know: This Week’s Agritech Round-up (February 2, 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.

The Easiest Way to Invest in Blockchain Technologies

Blockchain isn’t just a fad; it’s here to stay just like the internet. Get to know the easiest way to invest in this new technology starting today.

Read more here, via Forbes.


The Digital Divide Must End

By 2050, precision agriculture will be able to reduce your farm’s operation costs by up to $25 per acre, as well as increase farm yields.

Read more here, via Successful Farming


South Dakota is Poised to Benefit from Precision Agriculture

In South Dakota, $4 billion will be spent on precision agriculture this year, combining agronomic practices with farm machinery technology and actionable data.

Read more here, via Farm Forum.