Ag Innovation Showcase Blog

Dupont Pioneer’s Open Innovation Platform Challenge on “Nitrogen Sensing in Plants” to Close Soon

By June 25, 2018 Uncategorized


DuPont Pioneer, one of our top sponsors at the 2018 Ag Innovation Showcase, and a long-standing supporter of the event, offers challenges on their Open Innovation Platform (which they unveiled at the 2017 Ag Showcase).  Currently, they are asking for submissions for one that is about to close: Nitrogen Sensing in Plants,  focused on ideas for “non-destructive sensing of nitrogen in plants to improve precision and sustainability of fertilizer application in fields.”  This is aligned with an important subject for discussion at the 2018 Ag Innovation Showcase, which has attracted high-level attention from the fast-changing fertilizer industry. Read More

Crops and Farm Economics: Trends in the Indoor Agriculture Industry

By May 6, 2018 Ag Issues, Updates

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The benefits of flavour and freshness to consumers along with benefits to the environment of both low water use/unit of crop yield and with zero runoff of inputs for indoor-grown crops have been much touted.  Now the industry is beginning to mature with an increase in the profitability of established indoor farms.  Stakeholders in the indoor agriculture industry, 550 people from more than 300 organizations, gathered for the Indoor Ag.con conference, May 2-3, to explore trends and share solutions to commercial barriers in this rapidly growing sector of agriculture.   Read More

Celebrating the 10th Ag Innovation Showcase

By April 12, 2018 Recommendations, Speakers, Updates

 3imageNoText-2Innovations are disrupting the food supply chain beginning with farm inputs and continuing through to consumers to create a sustainable food system that will produce nutrition to feed the planet.   The 10th year event, September 10-12 in St Louis, will curate discussions looking forward to emerging industry trends, present high-impact agrifood innovations from around the world celebrating alumni from previous years and introducing new companies.

This year’s speakers will include:

  • Jill Kolling, Global Sustainability Leader at Cargill
  • Neal Gutterson, CTO at Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDupont
  • Chris Chinn, Director Missouri Department of Ag.
  • Leaders from the fertilizer and soil heath industry.

Ag Innovation Showcase is widely acclaimed as the “go to event” for agrifood innovation. Read More

ISCA Technologies featured on Scientific American

By November 10, 2017 Companies


ISCA Technologies, which develops natural incesticides that don’t damage the environment, has been featured in Scientific American for the innovations. The article was written by Annie Sneed, who covers a range of topics from DNA editing to climate change.

The problem with incesticides and pesticides is twofold: for one, developing countries cannot afford them and two, the countries that can spray incesticides over large acres of land, thereby exacerbating air pollution in farms. ISCA Technologies solves both problems by providing cheap plant-and-animal based incesticides that can target mosquitos without the incessant use of pesticides.

Check out the article here.

UC Davis Ag Innovation Showcase Companies Featured in Agri-Pulse

By November 8, 2017 Ag Issues, Updates


Two UC Davis Ag Innovation Showcase Alumni have been featured in an Agri-Pulse article by Eric Englert as tech startups to revolutionize farming. XTB Laboratories’ CEO Ted Batkin and UAV-IQ’s Andreas Neuman were interviewed to talk about their respective companies technology and how it will change the way we produce, protect, and optimize agriculture.

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