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Agriculture: Improving Nutrition, Boosting Yields and Creating the Farm of the Future

Agriculture will arguably be one of the most important industries of the 21st century.

The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, up from 7.3 billion today, and current projections indicate that we will need to grow twice as much food by 2050.

What’s more, the powers that be in the agriculture industry are taking on a different role than they have played in the past. Gone are the days when we could expect big, industry-shaping innovation to come out of corporate R&D departments. With the recent mega-mergers, there just isn’t enough competition anymore. The market has changed to allow entrepreneurship to set the pace for agricultural innovation.

iSelect invests in the entrepreneurs making those innovations happen.

From improvements in nutritional value, to better resource efficiency, to improved yield, to better cost controls, many areas of the agriculture industry are ripe for disruption. It’s happening already, with harvesting automation systems, sensor-based farm management tools and other advanced technologies already appearing on the increasingly-sophisticated market for farm equipment.

There is now an enormous market for technologies that increase yield, improve nutrition, and bring resource efficiency to the agriculture market.

iSelect focuses on early-stage agriculture companies that are poised to help push the next agricultural revolution forward. This includes firms that focus on increasing yield, crop analytics, alternative commodity production, biological plant and soil inputs, and the disruption of the agricultural supply chain.

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Selection Team

Chas Eggert

Chas Eggert

Agriculture Team, Healthcare Team, Resource Efficiency Team

Charles R. (Chas) Eggert has 40 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry with a proven track record of creating value for startups and large global businesses. Chas is an operating partner focused on specialty chemical investments with A …

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Andrew Daniels

Andrew Daniels

Agriculture Team

Andy Daniels is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Daniels Trading. He oversees the daily operations of the firm, while maintaining his own trading, as well as advising several selected, long-established customers. In everything he does, Andy s …

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Glen Swanson

Glen Swanson

Agriculture Team

Glenn Swanson serves as the President of Daniels Trading. He brings a well-rounded commodity and foreign exchange background to the firm’s day-to-day operations. Glenn has an in-depth knowledge of trading technology and the order execution process that …

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Braden Hudye

Braden Hudye

Agriculture Team

Braden Hudye is a managing partner of The Hudye Group, a 3rd generation family owned company involved in Agriculture, Commercial Real Estate, Multi Family Residential Real Estate, Development Property, as well as other equity investments in both the Un …

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Roger Beachy

Roger Beachy

Agriculture Team

The founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri where he served as Emeritus President and Director for 10 years. Roger is currently Executive Director at World Food Center at University of California, Davis and …

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jim von der heydt

Jim von der Heydt

Agriculture Team

Currently serving as President and Founder of Inno-Ventures, a consulting firm dedicated to strategic planning for early stage companies Jim is an innovative business leader with a unique background in highly competitive global industries. After a 20+ …

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iSelect Companies

ProteoSense is commercializing a proprietary biosensor for food safety testing. Current tests require expensive, specialized equipment and personnel, take anywhere from 12-hours to days, and often require food to be placed on hold until results are available. ProteoSense�s high-sensitivity, portable system detects foodborne pathogens in less than 2-hours, reducing test time from days to minutes, an important distinction for perishable foods with a limited shelf life.
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Holganix produces and sells 100% organic plant probiotics that significantly reduce the need for fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and water while improving plant vibrancy and yield.
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Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc., based in Durham, NC, with offices in St. Louis, MO, is an agricultural biotechnology company focused on the development of traits to increase intrinsic crop yield, principally by enhancing photosynthetic efficiency. By combining cloud computing, data analytics and plant biology, Benson Hill’s CropOS™ is a cognitive engine that provides decision support to increase productivity, improve resource utilization and enhance the nutritional properties of crops. For more information, see http://bensonhillbio.com/about/.
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Kultevat, Inc., based in St. Louis, MO, combines genetic breeding and chemical process engineering to produce natural rubber from Russian dandelions. There is a strong need to develop a domestic source of natural rubber. Russian dandelions can be grown across wide swaths of the U.S., and produce rubber that matches the characteristics of rubber derived from rubber trees.
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