Inaugural 2018 Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Class Announced

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“We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Class. Today, in St. Paul, Minn., these companies begin their work solving real problems across the entire food value chain, from food safety to supply chain management and restaurant efficiencies to the upcycling of food waste. The companies join the Techstars worldwide network, which includes more than 1,200 companies across the globe.”

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Minnesota Agronomics Startup Aker Joins THRIVE AgTech Accelerator

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“April 18, 2018, Los Gatos, CA– Entering its fourth year, the THRIVE Venture & Innovation platform announced today the nine finalists and investment in its spring ‘18 accelerator cohort.

Aker is a Midwest-based startup accelerating the adoption of precision farming around the globe. To date, the company has developed patented sensors, software and service solutions for detecting pests, diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields of at least 80 acres of tillable land, on a global basis…”

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Three Minnesota Tech Ventures Shaping The Future Of Agriculture

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By Kate Lerette, Twin Cities Business

“Agriculture is the largest consumer of water, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater use. As the Earth’s natural resources become scarcer and world population continues to grow, implementing sustainable farming practices and improving efficiency is key.”

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Minnesota Barn Deploys Robotic Grunts

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By Nora G Hertel, AP / St. Cloud Times

“MELROSE, Minn. — Isaak Hinnenkamp wasn’t going to become a farmer. That’s what he said growing up in Melrose on a legacy dairy farm. Hinnenkamp, 34, left for college and stayed away for several years. But he came back to his family’s farm and to an industry plagued by uncertainty. Milk prices are low; changing trade and immigration policies affect farmer.”

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Burnsville’s DTN Buys Indiana AgTech Firm Spensa Technologies

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“MINNEAPOLIS, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DTN, an independent source of insight and analysis, and decision-support solutions to customers worldwide in agriculture, energy, commodities and financial analytics, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Spensa Technologies, a precision agriculture technology company. Terms of the acquisition were not announced, and the sale is contingent upon Spensa shareholder approval.”

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