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  • Agricultural technology has flown under the investment radar for a long while; but no more.

The Street points toward the safety of old-guard ag investment through established companies, but doesn’t shy away from a dose of risk: “A more ambitious investor willing to take on more risk might also do well picking winners from among smaller more volatile agricultural ventures springing up in the sector.”

Whether it’s with traditional companies, rookie startups, or the sustained appeal of farmland, investors are hungry for agriculture yields. More agriculture innovation is coming — and the market knows that. “There’s a Silicon Valley moment that’s going to happen here,” says Kukutai. “When investors say they don’t understand agriculture, I say, ‘You understand the fiscal cliff. Well, this is the calorie cliff. This one’s real — we didn’t make this one up.’”

 

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 30, 2013

I enjoyed the article and agree with you that technology will play a key part in our ability to meet the increasing demand for food, fiber and energy production in the future. I also know that the adoption rate of technology has been very slow over the course of history. The adoption of Roundup Ready corn was not that much faster than the acceptance of hybrid corn in the 30's. Resistance to change, especially when growers are enjoying the longest period of financial success ever, will continue to plague the ag tech industry. 2050 is not that far off. This is the date when the world population exceeds agricultures' ability to feed and clothe it. Maybe this be the catalyst for change in the future. Those who are inefficient will unfortunately hold onto the old ways and still be successful while others will be wildly successful and may hope to buy others out of the business. Unfortunately, it is not a business but a culture. A farmer will always be a farmer as long as he is farming.

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