Ag Innovation Showcase Blog

Versatile field phenotyping developed to benefit farmers

By November 11, 2016 Companies

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science, are leveraging expertise in crop phenotyping with the development of the PheNode, a ‘smart’, farm-ready, solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station for crops.

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Sacramento ag tech company Bitwater Farms opens R&D center in North Carolina

By November 11, 2016 Companies

Sacramento agricultural technology company Bitwater Farms Inc. and Ag Showcase 2016 alumni is building out a research and development center in North Carolina.

The two-year-old company has developed technology to help farmers raise crickets as animal feed. Bitwater sets up its farmer clients with modular cricket habitats.

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Making Urban Ag Happen in LA – A Gathering of Thinkers & Leaders

By October 27, 2016 Ag Issues

The panel included Nicola Kerslake (Indoor Ag Con),. Eric Ellested (Local Roots), Kelley Nicholson (Autogrow Systems Limited) and was moderated by Claire Kinlaw (Larta Institute).


This article was originally posted on Urban Ag News by Jim Pantaleo

I recently had the opportunity to attend an event in Los Angeles hosted by urban farm start-up, Local Roots Farms. It was sponsored by the Larta Institute, Indoor Ag Con and Autogrow Systems.

The Larta Institute’s mission is “to energize the transformation of technology ideas into solutions that elevate economic opportunities and make lives better for people around the world.” And digging deeper,  the Larta Institute’s Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN) is a national forum of thinkers and leaders in the agriculture innovation community that utilizes the network to stimulate the creation and implementation of solutions to pressing challenges across current food and agriculture value chains.

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Join GAIN for Fertile Ground: LA Urban Farming

By September 30, 2016 Recommendations
Philips HTC City Farm Eindhoven

When: Thursday, October 20th

Where: Local Roots 5000 Hampton St. Vernon, CA 90058

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Register here
Join us at Local Roots where you’ll have access to locally sourced food, microbrew and conversation with the “who’s who” of urban farming in LA. Featuring food from Bohemia food truck and a local LA brewery.

Urban farms are potentially the next big thing in ag, and LA’s sprawl is fertile ground. Three innovators in indoor ag, plus a who’s-who open mic of local experts bring us up to date on LA’s urban farming scene, and forecast opportunities for the region.

Innovations and ideas on stage give shape to LA’s landscape

Entrepreneurs and DIY-ers discuss their experience with and the opportunity for indoor farm boxes with precision climate control systems, sustainable indoor and outdoor urban farms, social justice and food security for underserved communities, engaging under-utilized urban sites to produce high-quality local food.

Larta is organizing this event in partnership with: Local Roots, Indoor Ag-Con, and Sidley Austin LLP.

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Ag Showcase breeds collaboration, $225,000 grant

By September 16, 2016 Companies

Congratulations to our 2015 Ag Innovation Showcase presenting company Stony Creek Colors on their $225,000 collaboration with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Read more here.