These startups are focused on NextGen agriculture
Agricultural advances go a lot deeper than the farm-to-table craze, although consumers are beginning to enjoy more and more options on that front. Plenty of startups are focused on innovations for our farms and in farming our cities. AgTech and FarmTech can revitalize and better connect our rural, suburban, and urban ecosystems. Here are a few innovations solving problems in agriculture and considering NextGen solutions:
1000 Eco Farms
1000 Eco Farms is an online marketplace connecting sellers and buyers of local natural foods. The startup, based in Washington, DC, is cultivating ecology, growing economies, and nourishing ecosystems by making it easier for buyers and producers to connect in one place.
Granular is helping farmers make better business decisions. Granular captures critical production and financial data from each cropping cycle and uses advanced analytics to suggest opportunities for financial, operational and agronomic optimization.
AeroFarms grows delicious, nutritious leafy greens and herbs without sunlight, soil, or pesticides. The crops get the perfect amount of moisture and nutrients misted directly onto their roots in a completely controlled environment.
Agrilyst was founded by growers, data scientists, designers, and engineers who believe that data can unlock higher profits for agricultural stakeholders. The seed-to-sale tools are built specifically for indoor growers.
Ceres Imaging is supporting sustainable agriculture using aerial spectral imaging. The startup, founded at Stanford Graduate School of Business, provides a full picture of crop stress otherwise unseen by the naked eye.
Dozens of other noteworthy players are making waves in the AgTech and FarmTech spaces, and that is necessary as our populations grow and smart land use becomes a top line conversation point along with sustainable practices across the board.