Farmers Warily Eye DuPont Purchase of Farm Software Leader ​

Posted Leah Douglas Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Photo from usdagov on Flickr.  Amidst farmer concerns about data collection by agricultural technology companies, agrochemical and seed giant DuPont on August 9th agreed to buy software company Granular Inc. for $300 million. With the deal, DuPont greatly increases its ability to collect detailed data on the operations of individual farms. Granular and other farm data companies collect […]

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Monsanto’s Scary New Scheme: Why Does it Really Want All This Data?

Posted Lina Khan Big Data, Lina Khan, Price Discrimination

Imagine cows fed and milked entirely by robots. Or tomatoes that send an e-mail when they need more water. Or a farm where all the decisions about where to plant seeds, spray fertilizer and steer tractors are made by software on servers on the other side of the sea. This is what more and more of our agriculture may come to look like in the years ahead, as farming meets Big Data.