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Modern farming technologies are shaping the future of agriculture

Modern farming technologies are shaping the future of agriculture. Our portfolio companies are creating new products that leverage advances in robotics, machine learning, computer vision and computational analysis to solve big challenges for growers. 

AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY

Labor shortages, water and sustainability are concerns for many growers. Our portfolio companies are creating new products that leverage advances in robotics, machine learning, computer vision and computational analysis to solve these big challenges for growers. From soil-sensing technologies to collaborative robots, many new solutions are emerging to help growers optimize their operations for both greater profitability and better social and environmental outcomes. 

Explore some of the in-field innovations our portfolio companies are delivering for growers at scale.

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INSIGHTS
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The Future of Agriculture is Here: Exploring Agtech's Potential to Transform our Food Systems

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Burro is Building Robots to Transform Agriculture

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Resilient Supply Chains Part 1: Unlocking the Power of Data

PARTNER WITH US

We are seeking grower partners for the 2022 season.

Growers are at the forefront of massive change -- more data-driven decision making across the supply chain is impacting retailer relationships, food safety expectations, consumer demand, farming practices. We expect the next several years to be transformative and believe that new partnership models will be necessary to bring together innovation and industry.

 

We invite you to join our curated series of discussions with industry leaders as we move toward this new collaboration model. 

 
OUR PORTFOLIO
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A pioneer in decision agriculture

A pioneer in decision agriculture, Arable Labs builds affordable tools that help people collect and synthesize site-specific agricultural data. The company’s mission is to achieve global impact by providing the measurements, insights, and predictions that enable growers to recognize and address risk. Through access to ground-truth knowledge, Arable empowers agricultural stakeholders to more effectively manage natural resources and lower food waste throughout the supply chain.

Arable’s founders were frustrated with how much of Earth science was in "model world" and how little was based in empirical data. Driven by a desire to bridge the chasm between measurements and models, in 2014 Arable was founded with the conviction that the reliance of agtech on models is useless without real data, and the production of data is pointless without an understanding of modeling.

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Autonomous farming begins with collaborative farm robots

Burro is a collaborative robot designed to help people work more productively while building the necessary database to automate where it is most needed. By automating the most tedious elements of farm work, Burro is leading the charge to enable farmers to make operational efficiencies and facilitate growth.

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We see soil. Differently

At EarthOptics, we see soil. Differently. EarthOptics is an agricultural technology company developing next-generation soil-sensing technologies that give growers revolutionary insights into the physical characteristics of their soil. Our team has diverse backgrounds in engineering, software development, geospatial analytics, data science, machine learning and logistics and operations. We believe that below-ground precision and innovation in the soil space is long overdue. Our ultimate goal is to deliver point-of-care soil health insights – related to physical, chemical, and biological attributes of soil – in real-time.

Our initial product centered on prescriptive tillage, residue management, and quantifying whole-field organic matter content; TillMapper™, our flagship compaction mapping product, is a soil mapping system that measures agricultural compaction down to a depth of 18 inches. Using our proprietary software interface, growers can make adjustments based on their tillage preferences and export a finalized tillage prescription that meets their needs.

Our second product, CMapper, is a high-resolution carbon and organic content mapping system. CMapper maps relies on the same patented technology that we used to construct TillMapper, namely the fusion of in-situ measurements with remote sensor data and machine learning to map soil attributes better, faster, and cheaper than ever before.

In support of our TillMapper and CMapper products, the GroundOwl™ is a multi-modal, electromagnetic soil density measurement system, designed specifically to capture mapping data for agricultural applications. The GroundOwl, which is scheduled to enter large scale production in 2022, is mountable on a side-by-side, quad, or tractor system for fast, efficient data collection. It will also feature fully-integrated, real-time functionality when operated with supported tractor and tillage systems, providing the world’s first, fully closed-loop compaction mapping and remediation system.

Finally, the EO Soil Cloud is a growing database of physical, chemical, and biological soil data combined with novel remote-sensing data collected from our GroundOwl system. Soil Cloud has already borne fruit, producing new insights into calibrating compaction measurements for moisture, producing better understanding of similar growing regions in the US, and informing best practices for cross-field analytics.

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Increase shelf life and decrease waste

Hazel develops new solutions to reduce food waste to improve the fresh produce supply chain. It also provides shelf-life extension technologies and services to combat the global food waste problem and improve profitability for its customers. Hazel’s® USDA-funded 1-MCP technology conditions the storage atmosphere to reduce respiration rate & increase resistance to ethylene, and works in a variety of storage conditions.

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Precision Agriculture For Indoor Growing

IUNU is transforming the way growers do business by harnessing the power of computer vision through its product offering, LUNA. The LUNA technology platform delivers a system of mobile and fixed cameras with high definition imaging and environmental sensors that measure and record everything down to the real-time growth rate of each plant.

IUNU’s system gives growers the information they need to get ahead of the curve. By putting the plant at the center of everything we do, IUNU has delivered a solution that makes greenhouse growing a precise and predictable, data-driven, manufacturing operation.

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The in-season agronomic insights leader

Sentera sits at the headwaters of the food and agriculture value stream. Uniquely, the company has created and de-risked the best means to deploy digital insights– at scale, at the farm gate, at retail, in the enterprise, and downstream. The company has proven scalability, with hundreds of terabytes of data under management, 35+ million images processed, and thousands of daily users.

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Bringing Nature Indoors

Soli Organic is passionate about a future of food that is organic, sustainable, and affordable for everyone. The company is the leading grower and marketer of fresh organic culinary herbs in the United States and is committed to delivering exceptional organic produce at an affordable price, year-round.

The company’s proprietary, soil-based controlled environment system enables it to deliver on the full promise of indoor agriculture. Its use of soil has enabled Soli Organic to achieve very low unit costs for organic herbs and leafy greens, rivaling most outdoor field production and considerably lower than other indoor –and non-organic –agriculture companies. Its organic production system, water-and energy-efficient technologies, and strategic farm locations support a best-in-class sustainability profile.

With seven growing locations across the country, including several next generation growing facilities, Soli Organic is proud to provide fresh, flavorful, organic produce to over 20,000 retail locations every day.

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Unleashing the natural power of plants

Sound Agriculture unlocks the natural power of plants to help agriculture adapt faster to climate change and evolving consumer preferences. The company's new approach to nutrient efficiency activates the soil microbiome to improve yield while reducing synthetic fertilizer use. On-Demand Breeding offers a better way to breed plants — 10x faster than gene editing without any changes to the DNA, resulting in more sustainable, nutritious, and better tasting food.

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Informed soil insights. Smarter crop decisions

Trace Genomics is the leading biotech company to use deep science and technology to tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges – soil degradation. Trace Genomics delivers the most comprehensive soil intelligence to help farmers produce food resiliently and profitably, to feed growing populations while preserving the planet. Selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers, Trace Geonomics digitizes living soil and decodes meaningful information from high-speed, machine-learning enabled data analysis to deliver tailored insights and evidence-based recommendations.

 
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