Indigo Agriculture, News, Press Release, From the Field, Blog
- Via Indigo Research PartnersTM, a network of 50+ of the largest US growers, Indigo has instrumented fields across the US to gather over a trillion data points each day and test hundreds of agricultural technologies over the next two years
- Open platform for agricultural research enables data-based agronomic & financial decision making and accelerates adoption of innovative technologies
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 13, 2018 –Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today the expansion of its innovation platform, Indigo Research PartnersTM. The platform, which was launched in 2017 as Indigo PartnersTM, involves collaborating with 50 leading growers and agronomic experts to evaluate agricultural technologies over 25,000 acres. It has significantly evolved over the past 12 months to provide further support to growers through real-time, farm-specific insights collected from commercial-scale testing. Using over a trillion data points gathered daily from sensors, drones, weather stations, and other technologies, the platform will optimize on-farm decision-making, accelerate the adoption of new technologies, and improve grower profitability.
Indigo supports global expansion with the appointment of Karsten Neuffer as Chief Operating Officer, International
- Experienced agribusiness professional Neuffer will accelerate Indigo’s international expansion, bringing the company’s technology and business model to a wide network of growers
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 4, 2018 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today that Karsten Neuffer has joined as Chief Operating Officer, International. Neuffer will lead Indigo’s international business operations, which are currently centered in Argentina, Brazil, and Australia.
- Indigo raises an additional $47M, bringing Series D total to $203M and total amount raised to over $400M
- New investor, Investment Corporation of Dubai, joins previous investors the Alaska Permanent Fund, Baillie Gifford, Activant Capital, and founder Flagship Pioneering
Boston, Massachusetts, December 6, 2017 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, today announces the closing of its Series D funding round. With an additional $47M raised since the announcement of a $156M closing in late September, the total round has reached $203M. The largest investor in the second close was Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), which will hold a Board Observer seat at Indigo.
- Indigo Corn demonstrates a 30+ bushel per acre yield increase on farms under severe water stress
Boston, Massachusetts, November 20, 2017 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, has released preliminary data from its microbial seed treatment for corn. Indigo CornTM was commercially launched in the spring of 2017. Like Indigo WheatTM and Indigo CottonTM, Indigo Corn was developed from naturally occurring, in-plant microbes to increase the productivity of plants by improving their tolerance to water stress. With expected increases in both the frequency and severity of drought over the coming decades, there is an urgent need for the development of water-efficient methods of food and fiber production.
New research data published in Frontiers in Microbiology confirm the microbiome’s potential to impact plant health
- Beneficial microbes—referred to as endophytes—are sourced in nature and can be re-introduced into the plant through seed coating to improve plant health in agriculture
- Researchers at Indigo and the Austrian Institute of Technology demonstrated that a novel spray technique on flowers enables the transfer of beneficial microbes into its seeds
- The plants grown from the seeds produced by the treated flowers demonstrated improved growth and increased yield
Boston, Massachusetts, February 28, 2017 - Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help growers sustainably feed the planet, announced today the publication of research to improve the microbiome of crop plants. Plants depend upon a complex environment that contains beneficial bacteria and fungi for healthy growth and development. Some microbes that live within the plant itself are known as ‘endophytes’ and are fundamental to the health of plants. Until now, data have shown that these beneficial microbes can be incorporated into plants via association with the soil, or by coating endophytes directly onto seeds.
- Transformative R&D leader with diverse scientific and business background to join Indigo and guide agriculture technology efforts
Boston, Massachusetts, September 28, 2017 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today the appointment of Dr. Jonathan McIntyre as Indigo’s Head of Research and Development. Dr. McIntyre will lead the company’s efforts to discover, launch, and accelerate the adoption of sustainable technologies in agriculture.
- Latest funding round will support Indigo’s continued investment in plant microbiome research, development of software and data tools, and rapid commercial expansion
Boston, Massachusetts, September 26, 2017 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces the first closing of $156 million in its Series D financing, doubling the company’s total capital raised to over $300 million. New investors, including Baillie Gifford and Activant Capital, join the company’s founder and first investor, Flagship Pioneering, and existing investor, the Alaska Permanent Fund, in this closing. J.P. Morgan acted as sole placement agent to Indigo on this transaction. This latest round will support Indigo’s commitment to building a new kind of agriculture company — one that is focused on improving farmer profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health.
- Indigo Wheat™ demonstrates an average yield improvement of 15.7% in expected conditions and 8.3% across all conditions in the water-stressed target region of Kansas
Boston, Massachusetts, August 29, 2017 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, released preliminary data from its microbial seed treatment for wheat. Indigo’s second commercial product, Indigo Wheat™ was launched in the fall of 2016 on approximately 20,000 acres across multiple states and was recently harvested. The seed treatment, developed from naturally occurring, in-plant microbes, increases the productivity of wheat plants by improving plant tolerance to water stress.
- Respected finance and business development executive to join Indigo
Boston, Massachusetts, August 21, 2017 - Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today the appointment of Jeff Poulton as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Indigo’s newest leader will manage the company’s financial operations and support its growth aspirations, bringing with him extensive experience in finance, investor relations, and strategy.
Indigo appoints Dr. Mehmood Khan, MD, PepsiCo’s Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, to Board of Directors
- Esteemed leader responsible for sustainable innovations in the food industry to join Indigo
- Indigo's Board grows to six industry experts, poised to help drive company growth
Boston, Massachusetts, July 12, 2017 – Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today the appointment of Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of PepsiCo, to its Board of Directors. Alongside other members, Dr. Khan will help support the company’s mission with his years of experience leading innovative and sustainable agriculture and nutrition initiatives.
- The World Economic Forum has announced its selection of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2017
- Companies were selected for their potential to significantly impact business and society through new technologies, as well as to advance the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Indigo was chosen for its proven potential to transform agriculture in a way that supports growers, consumers, and the environment
- The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be viewed here
Boston, Massachusetts, June 14, 2017 – Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, was chosen among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers,” a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. A mission-driven company, Indigo is bringing naturally derived products to market that allow for crops to better withstand environmental stress, while also engaging in a shared-risk business model with farmers to improve grower profitability worldwide.
Indigo launches Indigo Partners™, an innovative platform designed to evaluate and accelerate adoption of new technologies in agriculture
- The Indigo Partners™ program gives growers access to innovative ag technologies, including Indigo’s microbial products
- With partner growers, Indigo will assess, validate, and determine the impact of new technologies based on field data and grower experience
- This program will serve as a broad-reaching R&D platform for growers and innovators in the agriculture industry
Boston, Massachusetts, April 25, 2017 –Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, today announced the launch of Indigo Partners™. The 2017 program involves collaborating with 25 leading growers and agronomic experts across the United States to evaluate agricultural technologies, including Indigo’s microbial seed treatments, on over 15,000 acres. The Indigo Partners program shares company success with growers through equity grants. With the data and insights gathered from growers’ fields, Indigo aims to bring products to market that will profoundly improve both grower profitability and the way that seven billion people are fed.
- Accomplished executives bring additional expertise in agriculture, technology, and food
Boston, Massachusetts, April 3, 2017 - Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces today the appointment of three new senior executive leaders reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer and Director David Perry. Indigo also announces the appointment of John Gehring, former Chief Financial Officer of Conagra Brands, to its Board of Directors. New team members bring deep and diverse experience, and strengthen the organization capabilities in agriculture, technology, and food.
Indigo’s Preliminary Commercial Data Demonstrate Significant Yield Gains for Growers with Plant Microbiome Product
- Indigo™ Cotton demonstrated an average yield improvement of 11% in the target environment of West Texas
- Farmers experienced productivity gains in diverse growing conditions without increased use of water or agricultural chemicals
- Novel R&D platform and economic proposition enable continuous innovation in cotton and other crops
Boston, Massachusetts, January 9, 2017 - Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help growers sustainably feed the planet, announced preliminary data from its first commercial product, Indigo™ Cotton. Launched in the spring of 2016 on approximately 50,000 acres across multiple states, Indigo Cotton is a seed treatment based on naturally occurring, in-plant microbes (endophytes). Indigo Cotton has been developed to help increase water use efficiency, with the goal of improving yields when plants are growing under water stress.
At Indigo, we seek to partner with academic institutions worldwide in their research dedicated to the plant microbiome. These partnerships are essential as we work to bring innovative microbial products to growers. We are always eager to expand our network of academic collaborators, and are excited to share this news of our recent partnership with Flinders University in South Australia.
Indigo Raises $100M in Series C Funding; Company Launches First Commercial Product for Water Efficiency in Cotton
Boston, Massachusetts, July 21, 2016 — Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announced today that it has closed a $100 million Series C investment, the largest private equity financing in the agriculture technology sector. The round was led by the $54 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, with participation from previous investors, including Flagship Ventures, Altitude Life Science Ventures and members of the management and board. The new funds will be applied to expand ongoing research and development efforts, to extend Indigo’s team, and to scale commercial operations in preparation for the launch of the company’s second product offering later this year. As part of its longterm commitment to Indigo, the Alaska Permanent Fund also intends to invest a similar amount in Indigo’s future financings.