[VIDEO] Cargill Has Built Robotic A Cowboy

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“Three quarters of a ton. That’s the size of the average bovine moving through Cargill’s beef plant in Schuyler, Nebraska. Multiply that by 5,000— approximately how many head of cattle the facility processes on a daily basis—and you begin to understand the scale of the potential safety risks that are inherent to working alongside these hefty mammals.

“These are very large animals that we deal with,” said Sammy Renteria, general manager at the plant. “And it’s something that causes concern because there is no way of knowing what the animal is going to do.”

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Two Techstars Farm To Fork Startups Plan To “Stick Around” The Twin Cities Following Demo Day

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If you missed last nights Techstars Farm to Fork demo day, you were not alone. Hosted in St. Paul simultaneously as the Minnesota Cup finals, it was impossible to be in both places at once.

Unfortunately for all the entrepreneurs involved in their respective showcase, this meant that many in the community had a tough decision on where to be and what to watch.  In the end, Minnesota Cup’s hoorah nearly drowned out the usual Techstars demos promotion on Twitter.

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Burnsville’s DTN Is Buying Weather Technology Firm WDT

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, an independent source of insights, analysis and decision-support solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT). The acquisition further solidifies and enhances DTN’s weather technology platform and supports the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality and most accurate weather forecasts and insights. The transaction is expected to close following completion of customary closing conditions.”

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Q&A With Foodsby CEO Ben Cattoor On The Fresh $15m Round

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$15m in VC made its way to Foodsby last month for hiring up and scaling out the b2b food delivery platform launched in 2012.

The oversubscribed round was led by Piper Jaffray, included all ($6m) Series A major investors, and some new.

CEO Ben Cattoor speaks to that milestone and other facets of where this business is heading next:

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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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