We are constantly on the lookout for great innovators and innovations. Our Innovator Spotlight section is where we will include a list of agriculture and food innovators that we think you should know about. See any missing? Think you should be included? Please let us know here.
4P Foods is evolving the local food hub model and has delivered over 40,000 bags of food from over 130 local farms to over 250 zip codes in the DC Metro area. 4P Foods is nearing $1MM in top-line sales with nearly 50% gross margin for 2017 and nearing break-even in just under 4 years.
We grow delicious, nutritious leafy greens and herbs without sunlight and soil. Our crops get the perfect amount of moisture and nutrients misted directly onto their roots in a completely controlled environment. With our patented award winning technology, we take indoor vertical farming to a new level of precision and productivity with minimal environmental impact and virtually zero risk.
From enhancing precision agriculture efforts in the Corn Belt to improving crop yields in emerging nations, Aeroptic is focused on helping the world unlock the power of aerial imagery in geospatial information systems. Modern precision agriculture relies on site-specific management tactics to maximize yield and resources while reducing environmental impacts and improving yields.
Manage your farm and your business with accurate and comprehensive intelligence. Maximize revenue by remedying low yield areas. Minimize costs associated with future contract settlements, labor, chemicals and crop insurance. Measure your crop with unmatched precision. Evaluate attributes such as maturity, defects, diseases, and pests.
From research and development to retailers, we apply data science to bring intelligence, sustainability, and transparency in different parts of the food value chain. We capture data from different sources to generate intelligent agronomic models based on the genetic material, soil type and microclimate of each field.
Empowering the Ag Industry with real data. AgTools provides game-changing intelligence to the agriculture market through up-to-the-moment statistics that affect time, cost, supply, demand, alternatives and more throughout the produce chain of food from farm to table on all levels. AgTools is a revolutionary solution that serves as a key component to address major communications gaps between Farmers and food retailers. We reduce waste, increase profits and streamline the growing cycle for Farmers to have better operational success.
AgVoice is a mobile voice-interaction service designed for food and agriculture professionals to capture insights on the go. Combining the learnings from 12 months of exploration and customer feedback, it is scheduled for launch in 2018. AgVoice is designed for use across the food and agriculture ecosystem, including livestock and crop production, agronomy, animal health and wellness, and machinery repair.
Agworld is a global leader in collaborative farm management, enabling farmers, advisors and third parties to work together as one on a single platform. Agworld’s industry-leading standardized database makes it quick and easy to create accurate, reportable farm data. With over 50,000 farms and more than 28 000 users across 15 countries, Agworld has the experience, capacity and market presence to support the delivery of innovation to farmers, agronomists and those that serve them.
Burro follows you to learn a path, then reruns it autonomously with any cargo, from materials to sensors to implements. In countless tasks on farms, outdoors, and elsewhere, people spend 20-30% of their day walking material back and forth rather than doing the high value-high dexterity tasks they are trying to accomplish. If you or your workforce does something similar, you should check out a Burro.
Boost Biomes vision is to harness the potential of microbiomes. Microbes are the most efficient chemists on the planet. When working together in a microbiome, their efficiency is greater than the sum of their parts. They play critical roles in areas ranging from agriculture to human and animal health. Harnessing their potential will be imperative to a future of sustainability on a fixed planet.
Empowering Livestock. A tool for collecting and analyzing data to improve the performance of meat, milk or genetics production. Our BovControl Ecosystem allows you to collect data in the field through the BovControl application for smartphones. Then simply analyze results in the control panel and make the best decisions.
Our indoor farms create the ideal conditions for growing the purest produce imaginable. Our post-organic produce is the next evolution in farming. Every crop planted in a Bowery farm is precisely cared for, without any pesticides. By controlling the entire process, we ensure quality and traceability at every step from seed to store.
The inspiration for BrightFarms grew out of our desire to grow food in the same communities where it’s consumed— food that’s fresher, tastier, and better for the environment. Our farms are designed with hydroponic systems that allow for water recirculation. Our hydroponic systems use a mineral-based nutrient solution to nourish our produce in a soilless environment. That means that we use less water than conventional agriculture and there is no agricultural runoff.
CSS provides a unique full-cycle process that will assist our supermarket customers to recycle their organics, improve store hygiene, and reduce costs, in addition to helping our agricultural customers save money, increase crop yield, and reduce nitrate runoff. We are committed to produce a safe, low cost, high volume, and high quality liquid fertilizer product, Harvest-to-Harvest™
Aerial spectral imaging for agriculture. Our technology detects water, fertilizer, pest and disease issues
weeks before the naked eye. Our sensors capture images at multiple wavelengths ranging from visible the light spectrum to the far infrared light. Then our systems weave together hundreds of images and the individual frames make a seamless mosaic of your field.
Concentric Power is a next generation provider of smart microgrid systems that adapts proven technology to create firm on-site, dispatchable power using modular cogeneration systems. Combining engineering, operations, maintenance and finance expertise, Concentric removes all barriers for large energy consumers in the ag and industrial sectors to fully optimize their energy efficiency and to control costs.
Concept Clean Energy is a full-service renewable energy firm that brings together cutting-edge technologies to help clients create solutions that deliver excellent financial and environmental results. Current projects include large-scale solar, demand management, co-generation and energy storage.
Telling the stories of women entrepreneurs in AgTech. From Farms to Incubators is a multimedia journalism project telling the stories of minority women entrepreneurs who are playing a significant role in the fast-growing industry of AgTech in California’s Salinas Valley.
Data clarity on every acre. FieldIn is an end-to-end pest management software solution for professional growers of specialty crops. We help growers and large grower organizations save money on more efficient crop protection practices, reducing overall use of pesticides and eliminating spray mistakes.
All stakeholders in specialty crops can now understand the value of their opportunities. Experimental fields, farm owners, farm managers, harvesters, retailers, and consumers can now rely on data to ensure that their food is some of the most enjoyable ever. Our proprietary sensing technology allows us to gather and parse data in new and disruptive ways. With unprecedented precision, we can trace value from harvest to table, allowing new levels of transparency and traceability.
TheLeafy Green Machine™is a fully assembled, vertical hydroponic farming system built inside a 40-ft. shipping container. The LGM™ is capable of growing lettuces, herbs, and hearty greens at commercial scale in any climate or location. Container farming enables any individual, community, or organization to grow fresh produce year-round.
While our Freight Farmers have different backgrounds, they all want to shorten the distance that food travels from farm to table. Our farmers rely on the Leafy Green Machine™ as a source of high-quality and sustainable produce, 365 days a year.
FreshBox Farms’ indoor hydroponic farms are bringing fresh produce closer to your home by breaking down the old barriers set by traditional farming. Our produce is delivered to stores within 24 hours of harvest; often in the same day. Growing indoors at our farm in Millis, Massachusetts, means our greens are always in-season, and are available FRESH all year-round.
Artificial Intelligence for Optimal Harvests. Exploiting advances in computer vision, machine learning and emerging remote sensing capabilities, GeoVisual is leading a breakthrough in farm automation by enhancing the art of forecasting with the science of artificial intelligence.
Gotham Greens is a worldwide pioneer in the field of urban agriculture and a leading regional producer of hyper-local, premium-quality, greenhouse grown vegetables and herbs. Gotham Greens’ pesticide-free produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically-sophisticated, 100% clean energy powered, climate-controlled urban rooftop greenhouses.
Innovative Farming Solutions. Increase Yields – Farming advantage Growers Secret Nitrogen is low in salt, contains no nitrates, has no ammoniacal nitrogen, is 99.8% soluble, and can be used as a soil/foliar application. Grower’s Secret provides organic fertilizers that are pure and proven, reducing your risk come rain or shine.
At Hazel Tech, we are passionate about saving food and resources. We are dedicated to solving the problem of food waste in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner. Hazel’s® 1-MCP technology conditions the storage atmosphere to reduce respiration rate & increase resistance to ethylene.
INPUTS is an online marketplace where farmers can purchase fertilizer, ag-chem, and other materials and services required for a successful season. INPUTS empowers you to buy with confidence, knowing that you are saving time and money while buying from local retailers. We back all purchases so you can shop with peace of mind. INPUTS was borne out of experience and roots in the agriculture industry. We saw a need for innovation in the procurement process and built a platform to meet that need. We understand farmers, from the soil auger to the financial risk. Our commitment is to build a platform that continually increases in value to the farmer.
Managing the challenge of fresh, reaching every segment of supply chain. The clock is ticking. Decisions need to be made quickly, data needs to be accurate, and your supply chain needs to be connected. Only iTradeNetwork is purpose built for the food supply chain, enabling the visibility, control and insights built on the largest end-to-end food-centric supply network in the industry.
We design, manufacture and operate the world’s most productive indoor modular farming solutions. We transcended commonplace hydroponic technology to create a proprietary growing system that’s actually scalable. Rooted in technological innovation, our standardized operating procedures yield predictable harvests and volumes without compromising our superior taste and texture.
Creating a smarter food supply, one app at a time. Lotpath creates custom software for all aspects of food production and distribution. Our customers are known as food industry leaders and innovators. Lotpath serves farmers, fresh produce packers and shippers, juice makers, food manufacturers, and others working hard to feed the world.
We’re out to create a better food system. We want to reconnect people with where their food comes from by growing veggies right here in the city on rooftops, partnering up with hundreds of farmers and food makers, and providing it all to you through our online farmer’s market. We built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse on an industrial building in Montreal, Quebec, to prove that high-yield, year-round farming is a smarter, more sustainable, and commercially viable way to feed cities.
MagGrow is a spraying technology that helps farmers grow more by using less. MagGrow is a pioneering, patented magnetic spraying system for the horticulture & arable sectors of the agricultural industry. The MagGrow system is based upon the premise that magnetic fields, applied under appropriate flow and fluid conditions, can influence the physical properties of spray fluid and associated spray droplets in ways that facilitate more effective spray dispersion and target plant adherence.
Improving crop productivity and sustainability.At Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), we create products from microorganisms isolated from samples collected from unique niches and habitats such as flowers, insects, soil and composts. Our proprietary technology enables us to isolate and screen naturally occurring microorganisms and plant extracts in a highly efficient manner and to identify those that may have novel, effective and safe pest management or plant health promoting characteristics.
Women founded and self-described probiotic pickleteers, Ozuké makes organic raw krauts and kim chi, and brings a unique culinary flair to the healthful benefits of probiotics. Produced in its own zero-waste facility, Ozuké’s ingredients are sourced local to their headquarters in Boulder, CO.
Fuel your growth and expand your business relationships with ProducePay’s fast access to capital, real-time insights and trading platform. Our Mission is to help farmers feed the world in a sustainable way. We’re working to empower the people that grow, handle, and transport our food by providing them with financial resources, tech tools, and data insights.
Data-driven farming. Resson uses the rapidly expanding trend of drone application in agriculture and large scale cloud-based predictive analytics to optimize agricultural productivity. The RAMAS (Resson Agricultural Management and Analytics System) integrates large scale cloud-based data analytics with sensor fusion and robotic platforms to provide agricultural producers with an unequalled view of crop production and field conditions.
Ripe.io is altering the trajectory of the food system through blockchain technology and the Internet of Things. By designing a radically transparent digital food supply chain, ripe.io harnesses quality food data to create the Blockchain of Food – an unprecedented food quality network that maps the food journey to answer what’s in our food, where it comes from, and what has happened to it.
Listening to the roots, transforming the way we farm. As a company that has championed the concern for a green environment, we are proud to present the auto-agronomist: system controller and method – to save huge amounts of water and fertilizer to plants.
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RootWave is the leading solution to organically kill weeds without using chemicals. RootWave uses electricity to boil weeds inside out from the root upwards. Electricides have many advantages over conventional and other alternative weed control technologies. Electricides treat deep into the roots making RootWave ideal for treating any weed, including tough invasive species.
A certified B-Corporation, founded in North Carolina, Seal the Seasons is a frozen fruit and vegetable brand whose mission is to make local produce available year-round. By partnering with local farms to source, freeze and market their produce, Seal the Seasons is building a localized sustainable food system that works for everyone.
Comparative agro-database of plant varieties. Optimize your plant variety according to your needs. Seedwiz allows the farmer to optimize the growing of plants subject to the genetic potential, farm location and environmental condition, growing season, means of production, market segment preferences, and more.
SensIT Ventures utilizes proprietary technology to develop, build and sell custom chemical sensors that provide solutions of great value to the defense, healthcare, agriculture and food industries. Because the sensors are miniaturized, inexpensive and require minimal power, they can be widely distributed and embedded in complex systems.
The SensIT platform creates an unprecedented opportunity to sense, process and act on the rich datasets of chemical information present in our material world. How can we help you reduce costs, mitigate risks or open new markets?
The Most Powerful Information Tool the Farm Has Ever Seen. SLANTRANGE systems create valuable new agricultural metrics through an innovative combination of remote sensing and in-field analytics. The SlantView analytics platform delivers the information you need at the time and place you need it. That means pushing powerful analytics tools out and away from the cloud and into the field where your decisions need to be made – an entirely new approach to crop measurement and analysis.
Soft Robotics designs and builds soft robotic gripping systems and automation solutions that can grasp and manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight with the same tool. We solve previously off-limits automation challenges for customers in food & beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.
Sophie’s Kitchen‘s original line of seafood alternative products is in nearly 2,000 retail doors nationwide, Sophie’s Kitchen is creating a new category of plant based meat alternatives. Expanding beyond “seafood”, Sophie’s will apply its proprietary technologies and innovation pipeline, to leverage alternative plant sources while delivering a satisfying meat texture for the flexitarian market.
Spoiler Alert is a Boston-based technology company that offers software and professional services to help food businesses recover more value from unsold inventory. We work with operators of food distribution centers and partner with companies like Sysco and HelloFresh to enable item-level tracking and reporting of food recovery and waste diversion activities, while also facilitating food donations, discounted sales, and organics recycling to local, regional, and national networks of outlets. Our ultimate goal is to help companies analyze, manage, and mitigate the negative impacts of unsold inventory and waste. Spoiler Alert is venture-funded and was a member of the 2016 cohort of Techstars Boston and 2015 winner of MassChallenge. The company prides itself on its collaborative culture and mission-driven aspirations, and values transparency, personal growth, and results.
Finding the right solutions presents an extraordinary opportunity for entrepreneurial leaders who understand urban agriculture, local food systems, and the transparency and trust that personal relationships bring to food. We created Square Roots as a platform to empower these leaders so we can work together to tackle this enormous opportunity. We bring together technology, entrepreneurship, and a love for local, real food on our Urban Farming Campus. We also offer a Next-Gen Farmer Training Program, which creates opportunities for young people to become farmers and future leaders.
SWIIM provides a new standard in water measurement than allows growers to receive an accurate accounting of the water both delivered and consumed on their fields. This patented process was developed with the help of the USDA and is being used successfully by growers and water providers.
Denitrification Systems for Agriculture and RO Concentrate Treatment. We design, build, install, and operate an environmentally-friendly procedure for removing nutrients and other regulated substances from drainage systems. We enable growers & property owners to avoid costly regulatory enforcement or clean up and abatement orders.
Teralytic works hard to make it easy for farmers. Traditionally, soil testing is a manual and time-intensive process that can take days or weeks. But with Teralytic’s sensors constantly checking and reporting on soil quality—24 hours a day and 365 days a year—farmers can now respond to changes in the fields faster, before they become problems. Teralytic provides strategy recommendations customized to each crop, from the topsoil to below the roots, with real-time alerts sent to farmers’ phones or desktops.
TMD Technology Solutions is an independent company specializing in unique software applications developed for a variety of industries. Current offerings target food and agriculture companies, as well as nonprofit foundations involved in large-scale giving campaigns.
We build frontier technology to help growers provide healthy, sustainable fresh produce for everyone. We’re building harvesting robotics to help softfruit and horticultural vegetable growers overcome the global ag labor crisis, reduce costs, improve yields and pricing, and control risks.
Precision farming made simple with TracMap GPS guidance and job management system. Get the right vehicle, in the right place, doing the right job. Track vehicle progress and review completed job data. TracMap Online, our cloud based job management system, and TracMap in-cab GPS display units, work together to give you total visibility and more control of your operation.
Feed the World with Farming Robots. At Traptic, we build farming robots. We are a venture-backed Bay Area startup that is saving US fruit and vegetable growers from a critical labor shortage. We deploy robotics, computer vision, and custom graspers in a novel machine that will harvest delicate crops quickly, cost effectively and at extremely high quality.
Understanding the true availability of nutrients in field moist soils and their movement in agricultural systems can help growers and agronomist best approach precision and variable rate fertilizer application decisions on the farms they manage. UNIBEST Ag Manager™ data and data modeling, is changing the way our agricultural industry looks at nutrient availability within the specific soil types that define each unique cropping system.
Actionable intelligence for your crop. Data and platform agnostic, yield forecasts are made utilizing remote sensing imagery, field practices, historical data and weather. We have recently broken out weather data to provide additional insight to users. Our product showcases yield forecasts for a selected area/date/crop as well as relevant weather trends.
Zoni Foods is reinventing cooking to make it easy for everyone to eat healthy, plant-based food. Zoni does this by making frozen plant-based stovetop meal kits that go from freezer to plate in 10 minutes. Each of their kits contains one serving of minimally-processed plant proteins, starches and a unique sauce that cook on the stove in one pan.