Agriculture is projected to become a $6.4 trillion-dollar market by 2050. At $3.5 trillion, it is approximately half-that today. By that time, an estimated 9-10 billion people (a nearly 50% increase) are expected to inhabit planet earth. The United Nations reports that there must be a 70% increase in agricultural production to feed this population.
According to the AgFunder AgriFood Tech Investing Report 2017, "AgriFood-Tech startups, innovating from farm-to-fork, raised $10.1 billion in 2017, a 29% year-over-year increase... The investor-base participating in agrifood-tech deals continued to diversify with 1048 unique investors participating during 2017 including Silicon Valley venture firms, state-backed government funds, pension funds, corporate entities, as well as the growing number of agrifood-tech specialists. Investment activity also increased from outside the US with Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Israel, and Ireland showing signs of growing agrifood-tech ecosystems."
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Among the areas of potential for both DII - Agricultural Analytics, LLC, DII - Sustainable Ag Technologies, LLC in partnership with GVF Living Laboratory are:
- Precision Agriculture plant-by-plant farming systems for site-specific crops enhanced by soil and water management to achieve optimum health and productivity
- Research in "beneficial and symbiotic microbes," (some cultured in the lab), natural pest control products, stress tolerance traits from heat and drought, niche crops and field automation
- Advances in low-cost genetic sequencing
- Healthier farm animals by the use of less antibiotics: Tysons and Perdue have reduced their antibiotic use by 80%
- Environmental and sustainability-enhancement research methodologies
- Bio-metrics research
- Thermal imaging
- Crop diversity, rotation, and the utilization of cover crops for soil and water preservation
- Strategic alliances with contract research firms and academia such as Southwest Research Institute (SRI) of San Antonio, TX, a long-term tenant of the TINKER BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL PARK and Oklahoma State University
- Beta-test products with variable biological assays e.g., synthetic biology, and biochemistry
- Therapeutic prophylactics for disease diagnoses and prevention
- Measurement and mitigation of carbon emissions by the strategic use of select cover crops and non-traditional cultivation methods
- LIDAR Multi-spectral imaging
- Alternative fertilization products and methodologies for yield-augmentation
- Natural bio-based control of pests, invasive species and weed management, especially the assaying of organic weed control and/or suppression
- Biological pest control through enhanced micro-organisms
- Data retrieval and analysis from anti-microbial resistance with the potential reduction of chemicals & antibiotics in plants and animals
- Creation of a diverse, sustainable "wildlife corridor" along the S. Canadian River including the protection of two federally-designated "Endangered Species" and one federally-designated "Protected Species" - the venerable Bald Eagle, both on GVF LIVING LABORATORY
- A studied comparison of the impact of climate on various components of organic versus conventional farming practices.
- Technology-driven solutions: observing, measuring and responding to inter and intra-field variability in crops, soils, and water using "field-automation:" satellites, drones, smart phones, environmental sensors, 3-D imaging, robotics and autonomous systems; these can be deployed to fertilize and water at resolutions as low as 1 cm.
- Biogenics Research