Ag Innovation Showcase Blog

Larta CEO, Rohit Shukla, to give keynote address at AURI Forum in March

By March 9, 2017 Recommendations

Larta CEO, Rohit Shukla, will be one of two keynote speakers at the upcoming the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) Forum in Minnesota.

AURI Forum to Tackle New Uses for Ag Products

“There are so many exciting things happening around innovations and opportunities to develop new uses for Minnesota’s diverse crops and agricultural products,” said Shannon Schlecht, AURI executive director. “Participants are sure to leave with a greater awareness of resources and opportunities available and hopefully energized about moving new and innovative utilization ideas forward.”
The event includes panel discussions with question-and-answer sessions, networking opportunities and speakers from universities, commodity groups, financial companies, government agencies and farm membership organizations.
There are two keynote speakers: Chris Mallett, corporate vice president of research and development for CargillCorp., and Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta institute, a Los Angeles-based organization that seeks to assist “the transformation of technology ideas into solutions.”

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Showcase Presenter SynShark Seeks to Raise $500,000

By March 9, 2017 Companies

SynShark presented at the 2016 Ag Innovation Showcase.

Coastal startup SynShark seeks to raise $500,000

SynShark LLC, a bioscience company developing a method to extract specialty chemicals from tobacco, plans to raise $500,000 using debt and stock options.

SynShark manager Jason M. Ornstein filed a Form D disclosing the sale on March 2.

So far, one investor has bought $213,000 of the offering, which began Jan. 27. The company expects this offering to last less than a year.

Investors may purchase a portion of the remaining $287,000 offer with a minimum investment of $20,000.

The company did not disclose its intentions for the funds, except that $50,000 of the proceeds will go to the executive officers, directors or promoters.

SynShark is developing a method for extracting squalene from tobacco. Squalene is typically derived from shark livers and used in vaccines and cosmetics. The company founded in 2013 and employs less than 20 people at its only location in Leland, North Carolina.

Note: This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism


We are reading: Newbean Capital’s White Paper on Developing Policy for Indoor Agriculture

By March 8, 2017 Recommendations

Newbean Capital and Upgrown Farming Co. have written a white paper on why policymakers should focus on indoor agriculture and how in can be incorporated into policy on  local, national and supranational levels.

Excerpt from Developing Policy for Indoor Agriculture

As a new industry develops, it reaches a tipping point where it can no longer operate under the radar and where its incorporation into the policy frameworks that govern most economies is key to it flourishing. Indoor agriculture – the practice of growing crops and raising fish in soilless systems in warehouses, greenhouses and containers – has reached that tipping point, becoming an increasingly important part of the global food supply chain. Read More

Calling All Presenters and Registrants For California’s First Ag Innovation Showcase

By March 6, 2017 Updates

The Ag Innovation Showcase has established itself as the premier event where Ag’s biggest names, brightest innovators, and most influential investors connect annually in St. Louis, MO.

Now, Larta Institute, in partnership with The World Food Center at the University of California, Davis, is building on the strength of the Ag Innovation Showcase brand. We will launch a satellite Ag innovation Showcase at UC Davis’ Conference Center on May 8-9, 2017.

This will be California’s first Ag Innovation Showcase, and as such, will be focused on the State’s specialized agricultural footprint, and will highlight emerging, transformative technologies across the areas of high-value crops, livestock, and dairy. As with the main Showcase event, this conference will feature rising entrepreneurs and startup companies, agtech investors, and researchers at the forefront of innovation.

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Larta Institute and U.C. Davis Produce Ag Innovation Showcase to Spotlight Transformative Food and Ag Technologies

By March 2, 2017 Uncategorized


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Larta Institute and the UC Davis World Food Center, have partnered to launch the Ag Innovation Showcase, California’s first such event, at the Conference Center at UC Davis on May 8th and 9th.

The partnership leverages UC Davis’ position as the top ranked university in the U.S. for agriculture research and top ranked globally for veterinary medicine alongside Larta Institute’s award winning high impact expertise in accelerating commercial innovation.

The Ag Innovation Showcase will feature early-stage companies and discussions involving investors and food and ag experts. The event will especially focus on emerging, transformative technologies across areas of high-value crops, livestock and dairy. Read More