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Agriculture Industrial Automation North America

Agtonomy Raises $4M in Seed Funding

– Agtonomy is a San Francisco, CA-based hybrid autonomy and tele-assist service platform.
– The company received $4m in seed funding from Grit Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Village Global.
– The investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

Agriculture Analytics Enterprise Software North America

Intelinair Raises $20 Million in Series B to Expand Flagship Platform AGMRI

– Intelinair raised $20m in Series B funding to continue to scale the company and its flagship crop intelligence platform, AGMRI®.
– This round was led by the Regulator Group, LLC, Scientia Ventures, Takiff LLC, SDMC Ag Inc., and various ag industry and AI industry senior executives.
– Founded in 2015, Intelinair recently established its headquarters office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has an office in Champaign, Illinois. Over the past six months, the company has added six additional experienced leaders to its team with plans to add three more before the end of the year.

Agriculture AgTech Automotive Autonomous Vehicles Drones North Africa and the Middle East Robotics

Blue White Robotics Raises $37M in Series B Funding

– Blue White Robotics from Tel Aviv provides Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) that enables farms to run themselves autonomously.
– The company raised $37M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and Entrée Capital, joined by Clal Insurance, Jesselson Family Office, Peregrine VC, and Regah Ventures.
– The new investment will be aimed at increasing the rapid adoption of these technologies, driving new US sales, and hiring talent for their international team.

Agriculture Food and Beverage Green Building GreenTech Machine Learning North America Robotics Software Sustainability

Iron Ox Raises $53M in Series C Funding

– Iron Ox is a San Carlos CA-based agtech startup.
– The company raised $53M in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand its grocery store presence, accelerate hiring, particularly of plant scientists, engineers, greenhouse operators and roboticists, and grow its research and development programs, and its manufacturing scale across the United States.

Agriculture Chemical Western Europe

Calyxia bags $17.6M to tackle the global microplastics problem

– Calyxia, a greentech startup, has developed biodegradable microcapsule technology to reduce the amount of harmful microplastics that human activity is putting into the environment.
– The 2015-founded startup is now announcing a €15 million Series A (~$17.6 million) funding round, led by the impact investor Astanor Ventures, as it gears up to get its first products to market this year.
– The company says its technology can reduce the amount of microplastics in the environment by up to 90%.
– It has developed what it bills as “environmentally friendly” and “advanced performance” biodegradable microcapsule technology.

Agriculture Crowdfunding Farming Financial Services Lending North America

Steward Raises $8.8M in Series A Funding

– Steward is a Portland, Oregon-based funding platform working to accelerate the growth of regenerative farms and food producers.
– The company raised $8.8m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Neglected Climate Opportunities LLC, The Grantham Environmental Trust’s venture capital vehicle, Tripple, an Australian private investment firm, and Ponderosa Ventures, an impact firm backing seed-stage companies in the food, agriculture, and ocean sectors.
– The funding will allow the company to ramp up its staff, customer support, technology, and marketing.

Agriculture AgTech Farming North America Robotics

Advanced Farm Technologies Completes $25 Million Series B Funding Round

– Advanced Farm Technologies, Inc., developers of robotic technology for farmers, announced it has completed a Series B investment round raising $25 million to support the company’s growth in strawberry harvesting and the adaptation of its technology to apple harvesting.
– The Series B funding round was led by Catapult Ventures and included all the Series A investors: Kubota Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and Impact Ventures.
– Designed to work alongside manual harvest crews, the Advanced Farm TX Robotic Strawberry Harvester automatically senses and picks red, ripe fruit from in-soil strawberry beds with gentle, food-grade gripper technology.
– The purpose-built machine consists of multiple, rugged robots able to withstand the rigors of outdoor, in-soil conditions with sophisticated computer vision and machine learning technology to navigate fields and harvest fruit autonomously up to 24 hours a day.

Agriculture AgTech Biotechnology GreenTech North America Sustainability

Andes Raises USD 15 Million in Series A Funding Co-Led by Leaps by Bayer and Cavallo Ventures

– Bayer’s impact investment arm Leaps has co-led a USD 15m Series A investment round in agriculture and biotechnology innovator, Andes.
– Other new investors Builders VC, Germin8, Accelr8 and Wilson Sonsini participated, alongside existing investors KdT Ventures and Endurance.
– Through its novel seed treatment technology, called ‘Microprime’, Andes is reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers.
– The California-based company has developed a process for seamlessly integrating seeds with a unique library of microbes that colonize the seed’s root structure. This kick-starts a process known as biological nitrogen fixation, enabling the crop to draw down nitrogen from the air instead of relying on synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Agriculture Biotechnology North America Service Industry

AgBiome Raises $116 Million Led By Blue Horizon and Novalis LifeSciences

– AgBiome raised $116m in an oversubscribed Series D round of funding.
– The round was co-led by Blue Horizon and Novalis LifeSciences and included multiple new and existing investors.
– The company will use the capital to expand more rapidly its product portfolio, scale its scientific and commercial teams, and continue to build its global presence and partnerships.

Agriculture E-Commerce Food and Beverage Food Delivery Hospitality North America Retail

Fresh Prep Raises $21M in Series B Funding

– Fresh Prep is a Vancouver, Canada-based meal kit company.
– The company raised $21M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Yellow Point Equity Partners with participation from Renewal Funds.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate growth through talent acquisition, automation, new products, and geographic expansion.

Agriculture AgTech Farming Information Technology Internet of Things North Africa and the Middle East Software

Fieldin Raises $30M in Series B Funding

– Fieldin is an USA and Israel-based AgTech startup.
– Company raised $30M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Fortissimo Capital with participation from Zeev Ventures, Icon Ventures, Maor Investments, Akkadian Ventures, Terra Ventures, Gal Ventures, Germin8, and Mindset.
– The new investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

Agriculture Artificial Intelligence Information Technology InsurTech North America

Agrograph Closes Latest Funding Round for Agricultural Risk Rating

– Agrograph is a Midwest agricultural technology company leading the industry in commercially viable and highly scalable data solutions.
– Agrograph closed a successful Series Seed venture capital round led by Mucker Capital with participation from Idea Fund of La Crosse.
– The funding expands Agrograph’s sales and marketing efforts, advancing its core customer base and expediting the delivery of its agricultural risk-management solutions.

Agriculture Animal Feed Farming North America

Mealworm farming company Beta Hatch raises $10M

– Beta Hatch, a farming company, raised $10m in funding.
– The round was led by Lewis & Clark AgriFood and joined by Cavallo Ventures and Innova Memphis.
– The money comes as Beta Hatch is eyeing the expansion of its flagship farm in Cashmere, Washington.
– The company says the new facility will be the largest of its kind in North America.

Agriculture AgTech Biotechnology Energy North America Waste Management

Apeel bites into another $250M funding round, at a $2B valuation, to accelerate fresh food supply chains

– Apeel Sciences, a food system innovation company, raised $250m in Series E funding.
– The round was led by Temasek and joined by a group of new and existing investors.
– With the new funding, Apeel has now raised over $635m since the company was founded in 2012.
– The company developed a plant-based layer for the surface of fruits and vegetables that is tasteless and odorless and that keeps moisture in while letting oxygen out.

Agriculture Chemical Energy Machinery Manufacturing North America Renewable Energy

Fertilizer Created from Lightning: Nitricity Raises $5 Million Seed Round to Help Farmers Produce Their Own Nitrogen Fertilizer

– Nitricity, an agtech startup with unique technology to produce renewable nitrogen fertilizer at point-of-use, announced the close of a $5m Series Seed investment round led by Energy Impact Partners.
– The funding will enable the company to accelerate innovations and recruit top engineering talent in the climate tech and agriculture fields.
– The round included participation from new investor Fine Structure Ventures as well as existing investors including Lowercarbon Capital and MCJ Collective.

Agriculture Farming North America

Ubees Raises $8 Million to Scale Pollination Services & Technology

– Ubees, a precision beekeeping and pollination services provider, announced that it has secured $8m in growth capital.
– This funding was led by WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm focused on energy innovation and sustainability.
– This new funding round will accelerate Ubees’ growth to become the leading pollination services provider in the United States.
– “We are incredibly excited to be working with the Ubees team,” said Matthew O’Rourke, Principal at WindSail Capital Group.

Agriculture AgTech Biotechnology CleanTech North America

Pivot Bio Raises $430M in Series D Funding

– Pivot Bio, a Berkeley, CA-based nitrogen innovator in agriculture, closed a $430m Series D funding.
– The round was led by DCVC and Temasek with participation from Generation Investment Management, G2 Venture Partners, Rockefeller Capital Management, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Continental Grain Company, Prelude Ventures; Pavilion Capital, Bunge Ventures, Tekfen Ventures, and Roger Underwood.
– The company intends to use the funds to focus on scaling its U.S. business and expanding into key international markets.

Agriculture Biotechnology Business Development North America Professional Services

Comet Bio Raises $22M in Series C Funding

– Comet Bio from London, Ontario CA- and Schaumburg, Illinois-based food technology company raised $22M in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Open Prairie with participation from Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), BDC Capital, Sofinnova Partners.
– The new investment will be used to meet the market demand for its ingredients.

Agriculture Biotechnology Chemical Lead Generation Western Europe

Micropep Raises €8.5M in Series A Funding

– Micropep is a Toulouse, France-based agricultural biotech company.
– The company raised €8.5M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Supernova Invest with participation from FMC Ventures, Sofinnova Partners and IRDI Capital Investissement.
– The new financing will be used to further develop proprietary discovery platform and progress pipeline targeting disease control and weed suppression.

Agriculture Chemical Health Care Manufacturing North America Oil and Gas Product Design

FREDsense Technologies Raises $2.5M from BDC Capital to Accelerate Their Biologically Based Water Quality Sensors

– FREDsense Technologies Corp. is excited to announce the closing of a $2.5 million from BDC Capital’s Cleantech Practice.
– FREDsense has developed a biologically based breakthrough technology for rapidly measuring hard to detect chemicals in our environment.
– The company builds portable field kits for rapid measurement of these parameters to deliver chemical information in a fraction of the time required.
– With portable, simple, and scalable types of sensor solutions, FREDsense is changing the way we understand water chemistry.
– FREDsense will utilize the funding to grow their current and future sensor expansion plans, developing new solutions for various water quality parameters in conjunction with global partners.

Agriculture Biotechnology Natural Resources North America Sustainability

Beeflow raises $8.3 million to save the bees AND put them to work

– Beeflow, a startup that announced the close of a $8.3m Series A round, is looking to both save the bees and help farmers be more efficient and effective at the same time.
– The financing round was led by Ospraie Ag Science, with participation from Future VenturesSteve Jurvetson, Jeff Wilke, Vectr Ventures, SOSV’s IndieBio and Grid Exponential.
– The startup uses proprietary scientific technology that essentially makes bees healthier, particularly in cold weather.
– A wealth of research led the company to understand that certain plant-based foods and molecules, when fed to the bees, can reduce the mortality rate of bees by up to 70 percent, and help them perform better in colder weather.
– You might be wondering what I mean by performance. That’s fair.

Agriculture Energy Logistics North America Renewable Energy Shipping Broker Trading Platform Waste Management

EnMass Energy Raises $2.15M in Funding

– EnMass Energy from Durham NC develops a digital procurement and operations platform for global waste-to-energy supply chains.
– The company raised $2.15M in funding.
– The round was led by Blue Bear Capital, with participation from Looking Glass Capital, and Climate Cloud.
– The new investment will be aimed at launching an online marketplace for waste to energy procurement.

Agriculture AgTech Artificial Intelligence Farming Robotics Western Europe

ecoRobotix raises USD 14.7 million in latest Series C funding

– ecoRobotix announced that they have raised $14.7m in Series C funding.
– The funding was led by Swisscom Ventures together with Verve Ventures.
– The proceeds will accelerate the high-volume series production of their pulled ARA plant protection spraying machine and drive its European expansion forward.

Agriculture AgTech Analytics Artificial Intelligence Farming Machine Learning North America Robotics Software

Sentera Raises $25M in Series C Funding

– Sentera from Minneapolis MN provides an AI-powered platform that fives time sensitive insights to optimize decisions and improve outcomes for stakeholders throughout the agricultural supply chain.
– The company raised $25m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and S2G Ventures with participation from Akroyd LLC, KuE Capital, Continental Grain Company, iSelect Fund and Middleland Capital.
– The new investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

Agriculture Information Services Information Technology North America Software

Ganaz Raises $7M in Series A Funding

– Ganaz, a Seattle, WA-based provider of a workforce management platform for agriculture and food manufacturing, raised $7m in Series A funding.
– Backers included Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders’ Co-op, Taylor Ventures, AgFunder and Techstars. In conjunction with the funding, Peter van Oppen, a Partner at Trilogy Equity, joined the Ganaz board.
– The company intends to use the funds for further expansion of its platform.

Agriculture Industrial Automation Machine Learning North America Robotics

TerraClear Raises $25 Million for Robotic Rock Picker

– TerraClear announced Series A funding of $25m led by Madrona Venture Group, bringing the company’s total funding to $38m.
– The company is an applied AI and robotics company that has developed a rock picking solution for farms.
– The solution picks rocks up to 300lbs and can pick up to 400 rocks per hour.
– The solution is currently available and the company will be selling a fully autonomous version in the future.
– The company is based in Seattle, Washington.

Agriculture Farming Food and Beverage Machine Learning North America Organic Food

Bowery Farming Inks $300M Series C Round

– Bowery Farming, the largest vertical farming company in the United States, has secured $300m in additional funding.
РThe round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, with significant follow-on investment from existing investors GV (formerly Google Ventures), General Catalyst, GGV Capital, Temasek, Groupe Art̩mis (Pinault-owned), as well as new participation from Amplo and Gaingels, a fund representing the LGBTQ community and allies.

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