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Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy

Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy Alphabet (you know… Google) has taken the wraps off the latest “moonshot” from its X labs: A robotic buggy that cruises over crops, inspecting each plant individually and, perhaps, generating the kind of “big data” that agriculture needs to keep up with the demands […]

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Pinduoduo’s latest aim: sell $145 billion farm produce in 2025

Pinduoduo’s latest aim: sell 5 billion farm produce in 2025 Still working to turn a profit and shake off its fake-goods reputation, China’s e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo set itself another ambitious goal for 2025: surpass 1 trillion yuan or $145 billion annual gross merchandise volume of agricultural products. The announcement arrived with the […]

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Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land $11M seed round

Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land M seed round Modern agriculture involves fields of mind-boggling size, and spraying them efficiently is a serious operational challenge. Pyka is taking on the largely human-powered spray business with an autonomous winged craft and, crucially, regulatory approval. Just as we’ve seen with DroneSeed, this […]

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FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest $14.5M in funding

FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest .5M in funding Automating agriculture is a complex proposition given the number and variety of tasks involved, but a number of robotics and autonomy companies are giving it their best shot. FarmWise seems to have impressed someone — it just raised $14.5 million to continue development […]

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AgroStar gets $27M Series C to give more Indian farmers increase crop production with data analytics

AgroStar gets M Series C to give more Indian farmers increase crop production with data analytics Indian agriculture tech startup AgroStar announced today that it has raised a $27 million Series C for its platform, which helps farmers increase crop production, manage orders and buy supplies online. The round was led by […]

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Teaching STEM through the wonders of larva harvesting

Teaching STEM through the wonders of larva harvesting There’s hardly enough room to turn around in Livin Farms’ office. Pretty standard, really, in Central, Hong Kong, where space is at a perpetual premium. It’s a small operation for the HAX-backed startup — there’s space for a few desks and not much more. […]

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Enveritas’ technology lets small growers tap into the market for sustainable coffee

Enveritas’ technology lets small growers tap into the market for sustainable coffee Demand for sustainable coffee is growing, a boon for socially conscious coffee lovers — but many small growers are missing out because they lack the ability to verify that their coffee beans are grown using fair labor and eco-friendly practices. […]

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