Cargill Invests Into Latin American Tech Firm Agriness

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cargill and Agriness, the technology leader in Latin America swine production, today announced a strategic partnership that will foster industry-wide transformation and bring emerging digital technologies to customers around the world to improve animal production and farm profitability. Terms of Cargill’s minority equity investment were not disclosed.

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Q&A With Sentera CEO Eric Taipale On The $14m Funding Round

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Sentera CEO Eric Taipale poses with his company’s proprietary drone sensor in hand.  The Minneapolis-based firm, which sells drone hardware and software to farmers, raised $14m earlier this month. Here’s what he had to say about it:

Why the decision to raise more investment in the first place and how did you settle on $14m?

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Local Chef Turned Angel Investor Gavin Kaysen Bets On Robotic Kitchen Startup Spyce

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“…All up, Spyce has pulled in $21 million in investments for its current round of financing. It’s unclear how much culinary figures like Keller, Bocuse, and Minneapolis-based chef Gavin Kaysen have put in, but they certainly weren’t the only investors — venture capital firms like Maveron and Collaborative Fund seem to have contributed handsomely.”

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Drones For Ag Startup Sentera Captures $14m Series A

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sentera, a Minneapolis-based digital agriculture technology provider, announces that it has raised an additional $14 million in Series A funding.

A premier group of food, biosciences, and agriculture investment firms, Chicago-based S2G Ventures, New York-based Continental Grain Company, and Washington, DC-based Middleland Capital, lead Sentera’s new funding group.”

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Basketful Bridges The Gap Between Eyes And Stomach

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“Home meals are increasingly prepared on the fly by people leading busy, often hectic lives who are looking for shortcuts to putting food on the table without breaking the budget. A new Minnesota tech startup, Basketful, is trying to simplify the dinner-making process by putting all the ingredients needed for a recipe found online into a digital shopping basket with a click of a button.”

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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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