The Nature Conservancy invests in Agtech startups
It’s time for your report on the Farm of the Future. I am Tim Hammerich.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. They work with private and public partners to find practical and sustainable solutions to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. So why did they start investing in agtech startups? Agriculture Innovation director Renée Vassilos says it’s to accelerate their progress towards their soil health goals.
Vassilos… “There has been a tremendous amount of work within The Nature Conservancy on what is needed to strengthen soil health. And so, research has been conducted around some of the critical practices that we know of for soil health. And that does not mean that these are the only practices or even for each farm, these are relevant, but they are the most studied. We are therefore looking for innovative technologies or solutions or business models that will increase the areas under cover crops, increase rotations, areas under minimal tillage / no tillage and optimize inputs.
The organization has already invested in seven early stage companies designed to advance in these areas.
Vassilos … “We will never achieve our bold goals of strengthening soil health if we do not harness this ecosystem of technology and innovation at an early stage. “
Learn more about their investments to date at www.nature.org/aginnovation.