Ag Innovation Showcase Blog

What happens when our taps run dry? Featuring 2016 Presenter Ignitia

By April 18, 2017 Companies

Digital technology allows us to step back and ‘smart up’ around the current cycle of water consumption and wastage.  Read the full article here.

Barrix Agro Sciences Named 2017 TIME India Startup Innovator

By April 12, 2017 Companies

2017 started off with a bang at Larta Institute, with Ag Innovation Showcase alumnus Barrix Agro Sciences leading the way.

In January, TIME, Inc. and McKinsey and Company awarded Barrix Agro Sciences the 2017 TIME India Startup Innovator at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit in Andhra Pradesh, India. A jury of leading business figures from the likes of General Electric, TIME, and ICICI Bank, selected Barrix Agro Sciences from among 18 finalists.

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Ideas, energized: XTB Laboratories Quarterly Series, Installment 1

By April 12, 2017 Companies

Last September XTB Laboratories won Larta Institute’s first “Ideas, energized” prize at the 2016 Ag Innovation Showcase. The prize included $10k, a year of commercialization consulting from Larta Institute, and open doors to our wide network. Vox will check in periodically on XTB’s progress. This is the first of four installments.

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What We’re Reading: Regulatory Pathways Emerge For Gene-Edited Products

By March 24, 2017 Ag Issues

From our partners at Sidley Austin

March 24, 2017
There has long been uncertainty about when and how U.S. regulators would respond to emerging genetic technologies such as gene editing (e.g., CRISPR, TALENs). This uncertainty has posed issues for a range of innovators who are quickly adopting these techniques as a more targeted, efficient tool to achieve desired products. In a series of publications, the agencies responsible for the Coordinated Framework for Biotechnology, namely USDA, FDA and EPA, have finally provided some insight into how regulators might approach these products and they invite comments from stakeholders on how best to proceed. Each agency proposal has the potential to significantly shape the integration of emerging genetic technologies into product development. It is important for stakeholders to understand these developments and engage with regulators to shape policy in a rapidly evolving area. Click here to download the full article.

Meet the AIS @ Davis Keynote – Tom Nassif of Western Growers Association

By March 17, 2017 Speakers, Updates

Ag Innovation Showcase at Davis, organized by the World Food Center and Larta Institute will include a keynote address from Tom Nassif, President and CEO of the Western Growers Association. A sneak peak at what’s on Tom’s mind can be found in his blog, Nassif’s Notes. His articles in the past year have often explored the intersection of public policy and trends in agriculture, highlighting his concerns and opinions on a diverse range of topics. Topics of particular interest to Showcase attendees include: the shortfall of technically skilled labor and its impact on the future of agriculture, the implications for farm families and farm employees of the current move by the Republican majority in Congress to revise or repeal the Affordable Care Act, and water policies as mandated by state and federal regulations.