Officials from St. Louis, Missouri, recently signed a business development agreement with France that will give French agtech companies access to the U.S. market via St. Louis and local companies access to the French market. The agreement was signed between GlobalSTL, an initiative of BioSTL that attracts high-growth international companies to St. Louis, and AgrOnov, an agtech innovation hub that consists of a 32,000 sq. ft. business incubator with greenhouses, laboratories and experimental fields.
“AgrOnov and GlobalSTL are the perfect navigators for their respective world-class agriculture innovation and production ecosystems – providing the glue that will connect the Dijon/Burgundy region and the St. Louis/Midwest region through agriculture innovation,” said Vijay Chauhan, GlobalSTL lead. “France joins the growing constellation of international agtech ecosystems now connected with St. Louis.”
Missouri is the global leader in agtech and gateway to the future of advanced farming. Missouri’s agtech industry is leading the way with innovative technology and research that is transforming agriculture. Missouri’s crop and livestock diversity, abundant water supply and rich soil provide a solid, statewide, foundation for agtech companies to grow and succeed.
Missouri’s agriculture industry contributes $33 billion in GDP to Missouri’s economy, and generates $88 billion in sales and more than 378,000 jobs. In fact, so much agricultural product is shipped via river barge from the St. Louis region that a 15-mile section of the Mississippi is becoming known as the “Ag Coast” of America.
We are also proud to be home to leading agtech organizations, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Monsanto, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bayer, Bunge, KWS, Zoetis, AgriLabs, Boehringer Ingelheim and many more.
In Missouri, the future of agtech is happening today. Big data, smart farming, input optimization, precision ag, biologicals, breeding, green chemistry, green pharmaceuticals, intellectual capital, an extensive agtech infrastructure, investors … it’s all growing right here.
For more information on why Missouri could be a prime location to launch or grow your business, contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion needs.