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Missouri Takes the Global Lead in AgTech

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Missouri companies like Monsanto, the Danforth Plant Science Center, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge, KWS and others are leading the world in innovative agricultural technology, plant science and research.

Gone are the days of the farmers tending their crops by hand and plow. Today’s farmland looks very different with new tools and technologies allowing for fantastic advances in agriculture.

Missouri is the global leader in AgTech and the gateway to the future of advanced farming. The use of precision agriculture, research, breeding, drones, satellites, and data is giving Missouri companies, like Monsanto, the ability to lead the world in investment and innovation in advanced farming.

Multiple companies have taken notice of Missouri’s AgTech growth and have chosen to locate their offices in the state. Indian Agtech company Lacgene Technologies, and Argentina based S4, also known as Solap4, have both announced plans to establish their US headquarters in Missouri, with Lacgene moving in to the Helix Center Biotech Incubator.  Additionally, Edison Agrosciences is relocating its headquarters to Missouri from North Carolina.

In addition to new companies locating in Missouri is the increased investment in existing Missouri AgTech startups.  AgTech and plant science leader Monsanto is investing in startups like Arvegenix, a Creve Coeur company developing a plant called pennycress as an oilseed crop. Another organization investing in AgTech is The Yield Lab, an AgTech accelerator that provides companies with $100,000 in funding, mentors, and an array of networking capabilities. The Yield Lab has invested in numerous companies already including St. Louis based Nanoguard Technologies, who have created a cold plasma technology to aid in grain preservation and detoxification.

And don’t forget agrifinance. Missouri is home to the corporate headquarters of RaboAgrifinance, part of the Rabobank Group – providing extensive financing and insurance options for US farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.

The increase in both companies and investment highlight the fact that Missouri has become the global leader in AgTech. Missouri companies like Monsanto, the Danforth Plant Science Center, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge, KWS and others are leading the world in innovative agricultural technology and research.

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