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Australia’s agriculture sector is banding together to build a supply chain data exchange

- September 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

A consortium of leading agrifood stakeholders including government, industry groups and research organisations are collaborating to build a better picture of  the nation’s agriculture supply chain through a new data-based project. The Australian AgriFood Data Exchange (AAFDE) is being designed as an open data platform controlled by users to improve collaboration up and down the… Read more »

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A $90 million plant to produce methane-reducing cattle feed using seaweed is being built in South Australia

- June 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Construction of the first processing plant to use a seaweed-based feed supplement for cows to reduce their methane production by 90% will begin near Port Pirie towards the end of this year. The $90 million advanced processing facility will be built by Pirie Meats, with CH4 Global, Organic Technology Holdings and Siemens Australia signed up… Read more »

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New Zealand agritech startup Halter has raised $29 million in Series B for a ‘cowgorithm’ to create fenceless farming

- April 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

A New Zealand agritech startup fitting cows with GPS-enabled solar collars to “guide” cows around pastures using sound and vibrations, creating virtual fences via an app, has raised A$29 million in a series B round. Halter says it is bridging the gap between human and animal understanding to transform farming. The series B round was… Read more »

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Agtech accelerator Sparklabs Cultiv8 reveals the 10 startups it invested in for its new program

- April 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

Agriculture and food tech accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8 has selected 10 new startups for its 4th cohort. The global Sparklabs Group invests in early-stage companies and each startup will receive up to A$100,000 in seed funding. This year’s group includes a CSIRO project using seaweed in livestock feed to reduce their methane production, a consumer app… Read more »

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It’s time to put agrifood tech to the test

- April 12, 2021 2 MIN READ

Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion of agrifood technologies and Australian agricultural innovation. Part of this broad trend has seen investment in agrifood tech in Australia grow from US$29.9 million in 2017 to US$90.8 million in 2019, according to AgFunder. There has been a significant increase in capital investment into developing agrifood technologies,… Read more »

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FutureFeed, the CSIRO-backed startup reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, just won US$1m it will use it go get Aboriginal people into farming

- December 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

FutureFeed, the CSIRO-backed startup using seaweed to reduce methane emission from cattle has won US$1 million from the world’s biggest prize for the food sector. The Food Planet Prize, established by Swedish hospitality entrepreneur Curt Bergfors in 2019, recognises initiatives, organisations and people working on securing the world’s food supply in a sustainable way. FutureFeed was chosen from… Read more »

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AI agtech startup The Yield has signed a major deal with ASX-listed wine giant Treasury Wine Estates

- November 2, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Agtech startup The Yield Technology Solutions has signed a three-year deal with ASX-listed Treasury Wine Estates to use its machine learning technology to assist with harvest predictions and grape production.  The Yield’s Sensing+ solution users sensors and analytics to provide information and predictions in apps that help commercial vignerons make key production decisions such as… Read more »

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Agritech VC Tenacious Ventures backs US carbon marketplace Nori in $5.6 m raise

- October 9, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Australian agrifood tech venture capital firm, Tenacious Ventures has co-invested as part of a US$4 million (A$5.6m) round in carbon marketplace startup, Nori.  The round was led by US VC firm Placeholder along with North Island Ventures. Nori, based in Seattle, USA, has developed a marketplace for carbon removal using blockchain technology.  Nori’s first supported… Read more »

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Satellites are the new tractors of agriculture

- October 5, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

It’s World Space Week, October 4-10, with the theme ‘satellites improve life’, and AgriFutures Australia is marking the occasion by getting farmers to turn their attention on space technologies. An upcoming AgriFutures Australia collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU)  is exploring why farmers should be looking to space to solve industry challenges. Space technologies… Read more »