AgriWebb is a platform, offering data management that supports on-farm decision-making. It recently won Startup of the Year, awarded by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). Australia is the largest exporter of beef in the world. One of the reasons Australian beef does so well in export markets is the traceability and transparency of its livestock which means that Australian beef is a trusted product. www.agriwebb.com
Using blockchain technology and smart contracts, Full Profile has developed a platform called AgriDigital that helps farmers get paid in real-time to solve the industry problem of counterparty risk for buyers and banks. They are launching a pilot for the 2016-17 Australian grains harvest. This will be the FIRST EVER global pilot application of blockchain in physical agri-commodities. www.fullprofile.com.au
In the largest agriculture-tech funding round in history, vertical farming startup "Plenty" attracted US$200 million. Some experts say the investment could make the indoor farming industry more viable as a whole.
Instead of growing greens outdoors, the farm grows its food on glowing, LED-lit 20-foot-tall towers inside a former electronics distribution center in South San Francisco. The towers don't require pesticides or natural sunlight.
The technique is called indoor vertical farming. Food grows on trays or hanging modules in a climate-controlled, indoor facility. The process is revolutionary. Certain types of food could be produced year-round, anywhere, in a small space.