(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner and president of Demeter LP, a Fowler-based grain and commercial warehouse company, chairman of the organization’s board of directors for 2021. Elected to the board in 2010, Brouillette was vice chair in 2020 and chosen as one […]

Pictured Steve Kahn, CEO of NewLeaf Symbiotics By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal St. Louis-based agtech startup NewLeaf Symbiotics has raised $22 million in a recently closed Series D financing. Investors in the round included SABIC Ventures US Holdings LLC, Koch Agronomic Holdings, Leaps by Bayer, Otter Capital, S2G Ventures […]

The partnership opens new pipeline for plant protein ingredients and supports Benson Hill’s plans to scale soybean production and grower relationships ST. LOUIS, MO – December 7, 2020– Benson Hill, a food tech company unlocking nature’s genetic diversity with its leading food innovation engine, announced today a collaboration with family-owned Rose Acre […]

Amanda Little, a professor of journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University, recently presented a TED talk on the fragility of the global food system and the solutions communities are developing in response. Little argues that the food system is not designed to adapt to major disruptions like COVID-19 and climate change. […]

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Fargo, North Dakota. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to: Revenue potential Leadership team Brand/product traction Competitive landscape Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and […]

By Rantizo Agricultural technology company Rantizo has announced it has raised $7.5 million in series A funding led by Leaps by Bayer and several premiere ag tech investors and strategic partners including: Fall Line Capital, Innova Memphis, Lewis & Clark Ventures, KZValve, and Sukup Manufacturing. Additional participants in the round include ISA Ventures, […]

By Katherine Durrell Brightseed’s Forager artificial intelligence (AI) will be used by Pharmavite to identify undiscovered plant phytonutrients for their health potential. These could then be integrated into Pharmavite’s portfolio of brands and supplements, including Nature Made. “Our partnership with Brightseed is a multi-phased process that begins with the research […]

By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal Lewis & Clark said Wednesday it has provided a $7.7 million senior secured debt commitment to Hortau Corp., which has developed an irrigation management system for crops. Read more at bizjournals.com

At Lewis & Clark AgriFood, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, our job is to invest at the intersection of agriculture, food, and technology. By many measures, the food and agriculture industries are among the least digitized industries remaining. That status is rapidly changing, however, as we see many innovative companies […]

By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal The addition marks the latest growth move for the local ag-focused investment firm. Read more at bizjournals.com

It’s time we start looking deeper Since the dawn of civilization, plants have been the benefactors of human life. We use their fruits for food, their fibers for clothes, and their bodies for shelter. Virtually nothing could survive long without a plant nearby, including plants themselves. As Peter Tompkins and […]

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 29, 2020– Benson Hill has announced the close of a $150 million Series D funding round led by Wheatsheaf Group and GV (formerly Google Ventures). The company’s leading food innovation engine CropOS™ taps nature’s genetic diversity to develop and commercialize healthier and more sustainable food and ingredient options that […]

make feed bin monitoring safer and more efficient for animal producers and feed mills, Cargill is now an exclusive distributor of BinSentry, an easy-to-install feed management solution that accurately tracks feed inventory. Sensors from BinSentry use LiDAR sensors, the same advanced technology used in self-driving cars, to read bins every […]

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —GreenLight Biosciences has received a $3.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop new mRNA-based gene therapies for Sickle Cell Disease and other global health challenges. The funding will support GreenLight’s research and testing of affordable therapies using the company’s novel messenger RNA (mRNA) approach to gene editing. mRNA technology […]

By Jonathan Shieber Brightseed, the company launched by former Hampton Creek head of research and development, Jim Flatt, to identify the presence of specific nutrients in plants that are believed to boost human health, has raised $27 million in its latest round of funding, the company said. Brightseed will use the […]

By Meagan Simpson Kitchener-Waterloo startup BinSentry has developed an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that enables feed mills and livestock producers to monitor on-farm inventory. In order to further develop its product and take the solution global, BinSentry recently closed a $10 million CAD ($7.7 million USD) Series A round led […]

By Lauren Manning Agriculture is often characterized as a heavily consolidated industry where a few major players dominate nearly every aspect of the supply chain. Every once in a while, however, a few members of the old guard decide to take a page out of the startup playbook. “Moving grain […]

By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal Launched in 2019, Lewis & Clark AgriFood provides later-stage venture investments and growth capital to agriculture and food companies. Read more at bizjournals.com

Is it time to start sourcing alternative products that have a smaller environmental impact, that meet every requirement of the pig, that are also economically viable? By Emily Houghton A fragile food system The fragility of intensive agricultural systems across the globe is becoming ever more apparent as we enter […]

Fargo, North Dakota, June 8, 2020 — Plug and Play North Dakota has announced the 14 startups selected for the first batch of its new Agtech Program. This program aims to facilitate opportunities for pilots, POCs, and new relationships between the selected batch startups and Plug and Play’s global ecosystem. Founding […]

By Lauren Manning Geosys has been monitoring crops across the globe using industry-leading geoanalytics from satellite and weather data for more than 30 years. Through the unbiased lens of data analytics, our team evaluates the impact of weather on crop production in key growing regions. As weather is an ongoing reflection […]

By Heather Clancy Amid the white noise of COVID-19 pandemic coverage last week, news about the $80 million funding round for alternative protein company Nature’s Fynd offered a bright beacon of positivity. While the financing revelation was delayed a week because of the crisis, the sizeable round extends the steady growth of funding […]

By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal A global public company’s purchase of an agtech startup marks the first exit for St. Louis-based investment firm Lewis & Clark AgriFood. Read more at bizjournals.com

By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal The announcement of Lewis & Clark AgriFood’s funding for a North Dakota startup comes after the investment firm recently detailed financing for two new private equity funds it launched. Read more at bizjournals.com

A market source says family offices are likely to be the source for much of the capital raised for the St Louis-headquartered firm’s AgriFood Fund II. By Chris Janiec Venture and growth capital firm Lewis & Clark Ventures has raised $109.65 million for its second agtech fund, a Securities and […]

By Lauren Manning Countless agri-foodtech startups are hoping to disrupt the food system with new digital-focused innovations but for grain trading platform creator Bushel, making an existing system better through digital tools is a more promising venture. “In the context of the startup world, Farmers Business Network, Indigo, and other players […]

By Nathan Rubbelke  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal Agtech startup Aker Technologies, formerly based in Chicago, has relocated its headquarters to St. Louis after snagging $2.6 million in new funding. The startup’s financing round was led by St. Louis-based Lewis & Clark Ventures. Other investors included Flyover Capital and Central Illinois Angels. […]

By Alex Knapp, Maggie McGrath and Chloe Sorvino The problems facing America’s farmers in 2018 are as diverse as their crop varieties: Labor shortages. Soil health. Food spoilage. Trade wars. Lack of access to data on seed pricing, yield information, and even commodity forecasting. The good news? There is a veritable army […]

Recognized as a ground-breaking innovator making a big mark in agriculture ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18, 2019 – Startup City has named NewLeaf Symbiotics (NewLeaf) Company of the Year among the “15 Most Promising AgTech Startups 2019.” The list features companies that are at the forefront of the latest technological innovations addressing today’s […]

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