Author: Matt Peskett

Matt is a digital publishing consultant with over 20 years of experience working with media and events companies in the science, technology, food and agricultural sectors. He is an expert in digital marketing and open source web development and has been employed in senior management roles at Nature.com and William Reed (thegrocer.co.uk / foodmanufacture.co.uk). Matt's own passion for sustainable food production includes growing his own organic produce. With a sizeable horticultural social media presence Matt has been a finalist in the Garden Media Guild's blog of the year and social media awards. He built foodandfarmingtechnology.com to highlight larger scale sustainable innovations in food production.

With sights set on locations in Perth, Sydney, Singapore, Jakarta and beyond, Australia’s Eden Towers is building sustainable indoor vertical farms that use 98% less water and 1/10th of the space associated with traditional farming. This week the company has announced a partnership with Scotland’s leading vertical farming technology provider IGS (Intelligent Growth Solutions) to build a commercial scale vertical farm in Perth (Western Australia… not Scotland). IGS will build four 12-metre-high Growth Tower structures, which will create a precision-controlled indoor ecosystem where plants can thrive all year round without soil. The farm will achieve up to 15 times the yield…

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John Deere has kicked off the new year by unveiling its ground-breaking autonomous 8R tractor at the CES 2022 technology show (5th-8th Jan in Las Vegas). The agricultural machinery manufacturer expects to roll out its self-driving machine to farms within months. It combines Deere’s 8R tractor, TruSet-enabled chisel plough, GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies. “It’s working today and it’s ready for production. This isn’t a concept machine, this isn’t a demo, this is a working machine that will be available later this year to farmers and it will transform their lives.” said an enthusiastic Deanna Kovar – VP…

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US biotech firm Precision BioSciences, Inc. has entered into an agreement to separate its wholly owned Elo Life Systems subsidiary and create an independent food and agriculture business. The move comes three years after the rebrand of ‘Precision PlantSciences’ as Elo Life Systems. All employees of Elo, including its management, have transitioned to the new company as part of the agreement. With investment led by ACCELR8, Precision Biosciences will maintain an equity stake. “The separation of Precision BioSciences and Elo Life Systems was an important 2021 corporate imperative intended to enable operational success for both companies going forward,” says Michael…

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Two years on from its US$14 million Series A funding round, Israel’s cultured meat company Future Meat Technologies has raised US$347 million in a Series B funding round. The firm claims to be the first cultivated meat company to have broken the commercial viability cost barrier. It opened the world’s first cultured meat production line in Israel earlier this year, and is now examining several locations in the U.S. for its projected large scale production facility. Future Meat’s ground-breaking process utilises the rapid growth of connective tissue cells, called fibroblasts, to reach high densities before turning the cells to cultured…

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John Deere (Deere & Company) has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Kreisel Electric, Inc., an advanced battery technology provider based in Austria. For seven years Kreisel has been developing immersion-cooled electric battery modules and packs for high-performance and off-highway applications. Additionally, the battery experts have developed a fast charging infrastructure platform (CHIMERO) that utilises their patented battery technology. As part of its electrification strategy John Deere sees demand growing for batteries as a sole or hybrid-propulsion system for vehicles. In future, products in Deere’s portfolio such as compact utility tractors, small tractors, compact construction, and road-building…

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Japanese technology firm Kubota has invested in US start-up Bloomfield Robotics, Inc. a company that uses image analysis technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to assess plant growth and detect pests on grape vines, blueberries, and other orchard crops. Bloomfield’s cameras are mounted on farm vehicles to rapidly collect high-res images of individual plants as they are passed. Images are assessed for key crop growth indicators such as the colour, maturity, size of fruits (yield) and leaves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n17OGf3mXKE AI processes and analyses the image data to make harvest and crop protection recommendations to customers via its BloomAI dashboard. Ultimately Bloomfield provides…

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Based in Silicon Valley, agtech start-up Iron Ox operates farms in California and is soon to begin selling produce from its new 535,000 sq. ft. indoor farm in Texas. The firm has had a bumper quarter to end 2021, it included a US$53 million ‘Series C’ funding round and the launch of TWO new farming robots as it enters what it calls ‘hyper growth mode’. Unlike vertical farms, Iron Ox grows plants under natural sunlight, the company focuses on artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and robotics to optimise output. This enables the company to grow more with less, in…

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Israeli cultured meat company MeaTech 3D has announced the successful printing of a 3.67 ounce / 104 gram cultivated steak comprised of real, living muscle and fat tissues, without using any soy or pea protein. The company believes that it is the largest cultured steak produced to date. MeaTech’s achievement is an important milestone on the company’s journey to scaled production of cultivated bio-printed steaks. It’s a destination that would help to reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere by traditional livestock farming. How the cultured steak was produced: Cells were produced using an advanced and proprietary process…

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Today saw Danish farm robotics company AgroIntelli win an Agritechnica Innovation Award with RoboVeg Ltd AND announce the launch of its new long-range (LR) ROBOTTI autonomous implement carrier. The ROBOTTI LR is a new single engine version of the 150D robot with space for a larger 300 litre capacity diesel engine, this allows the carrier to operate for up to 60 hours non-stop before refuelling. The new ROBOTTI LR also has a greater lift capacity of 1250kg compared with the 150D’s lift capacity of 750kg. The company says that with its two smaller engines the ROBOTTI 150D remains better equipped…

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The 2022 Agritechnica Innovation Award winners have been announced today by organisers The DLG (German Agricultural Society). The annual agricultural innovation awards scheme has chosen one gold and sixteen silver winners with the reduction of soil compaction a particular focus in both the gold AND silver categories. GOLD – NeXaT GmbH’s Autonomous Implement Carrier NeXaT GmbH has won the only gold award with its autonomous carrier vehicle ‘NeXaT-Systemtraktor’ – a machine which integrates implements used in crop production, tilling, sowing, spraying and harvesting. Instead of conventional hauling, the implements are carried which leads to increased efficiency compared to tractor and…

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