Minneapolis-based VC shop Bread & Butter focuses on its own backyard

While many investors say sheltering in place has broadened their appetite for funding companies located outside major hubs, one firm is doubling down on backing startups in America’s heartland. Launched in 2016 by Brett Bohl, The Syndicate Fund rebranded to Bread & Butter Ventures earlier this month (a reference to one of Minnesota’s many nicknames). […] Continue reading Minneapolis-based VC shop Bread & Butter focuses on its own backyard

Ceres Imaging raises $5 million to pinpoint crop stress for farmers

 Oakland, Calif.-based Ceres Imaging has raised $5 million in a Series A investment led by Romulus Capital. The startup uses cameras, sensors and software to pinpoint crop stress in the field for farmers, so that they can apply herbicides, pesticides and irrigation just where it’s needed. Ceres, like several other startups, started out with the notion to build a drone just for… Read More Continue reading Ceres Imaging raises $5 million to pinpoint crop stress for farmers

FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

Jesse Vollmar Farmlogs - 06 Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a Series C round of funding for technology that helps farmers monitor and measure their crops, predict profits, manage risks from weather, pests and more. Naspers Ventures led the round joined by the company’s earlier backers Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, SV Angel and individual investors… Read More Continue reading FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

Prospera raises $7 million to put computer vision and AI to work on the farm

 A Tel Aviv-based startup called Propsera has raised $7 million in new venture funding to build out systems that will monitor and help farmers improve the health of their crops, and optimize their operations. Bessemer Venture Partners led the Seri… Continue reading Prospera raises $7 million to put computer vision and AI to work on the farm

Arable’s crop and weather sensor, Pulsepod, aims to make farming predictable

The Arable Pulsepod is installed on a farm to gather data about crops from the ground. A Princeton, New Jersey startup called Arable Labs Inc. recently unveiled a professional-grade crop and weather sensor that’s solar powered, rugged and was designed by Fred Bould, the creative talent behind the Nest thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide detector, as well as Fitbit, GoPro and Roku products. The Pulsepod, which looks something like the head of a small drum or a… Read More Continue reading Arable’s crop and weather sensor, Pulsepod, aims to make farming predictable