Solinftec deploys crop robot to Canada

West Lafayette-based agricultural technology company Solinftec is expanding the launch of its new autonomous robot with two partnerships in Canada. Solix Ag Robotics' technology scans and monitors fields to examine crop health and pressures, such as weeds and pests.... Read More

Grace College Begins Agriculture Center Planning

Grace College has begun planning for its new Center for Agriculture and is seeking a director and program coordinator. The college says the center is being funded by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. and will be modeled after and incubated by the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College.... Read More

Union County Farm to be Auctioned

An 1,100-acre farm in east-central Indiana has been put on the market which could attract some aggressive bidding. Columbia City-based Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, which is conducting the auction, says Lawton Farms in Union County has some of the most productive farmland in the state. ... Read More

Food Producer Announces $100M Fort Wayne Facility

A New Jersey-based food producer has announced plans to invest $100 million to build a facility in Fort Wayne and create 100 jobs over the next two years. Do Good Foods takes unused foods such as produce from grocery stores and converts it into animal feed, which is then fed to chickens.... Read More

Farmland Values Continue to Climb

Over the past three months, the value of good Indiana farmland has increased 8% over the previous quarter, according to the latest data from the Seventh Federal Reserve District in Chicago. The Fed also says year-over-year, the value has increased 23% in the Hoosier State.... Read More

Indy AgTech Startup Secures Seed Round

An Indianapolis-based agtech startup has closed on a $1.3 million seed round of funding. Smart Apply Inc., which has developed a precision spray system designed to reduce pesticide use and costs, says it will use the funding to further preparations for an upcoming Series A round.... Read More

INDATA Project to Assist Disabled Ag Workers

The INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads in Indianapolis is partnering with Indiana AgrAbility. The nonprofit says the partnership will help increase access to assistive technology information and services for disabled agricultural workers in Indiana.... Read More

PODCAST: ‘We are Seed and Only Seed’

Farmers make decisions every day and while variables change year in and year out, one thing remains constant: it all starts with seed. In this week’s Agbioscience podcast presented by AgriNovus Indiana, AgReliant Genetics Chief Executive Officer Paul Nselel explains the Westfield-based company’s focus on genetics and seed production.... Read More

Farmer Economic Outlook Mixed

Farmer sentiment on the agricultural economy ticked higher in April, but farmers are still showing less confidence than last year. The monthly Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer improved eight points in April, however it remains 32% below its reading April 2021.... Read More

Solinftec Secures $60M ‘Bridge’ Funding Round

West Lafayette-based Solinftec has closed on a $60 million growth investment round. The company, which has developed a farm operations management software platform, says it will use the funding to grow the platform as it plans for future expansion. Solinftec's software is designed to use artificial intelligence to analyze real-time data on crops, equipment, weather and other factors to help farmers address key issues in a more efficient and sustainable manner.... Read More

PODCAST: What Happens to Innovation After It’s Created?

Inspired by the senses at a young age, Matt Rubin has taken that curiosity to a new level in his adult years. The founder and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based True Essence Foods joins AgriNovus Indiana CEO Mitch Frazier on this week's Ag+Bio+Science podcast to talk all things SoChatti Chocolate, his lingering curiosity driving innovation in food and the company’s approach to sustainability.... Read More