Sector Focus: Biologicals and Precision Agriculture Present Biggest Opportunities in Ag Tech

Despite the overall decrease in clean tech venture capital investment — which dropped by 16 percent to $1.2 billion through May 30, versus the same time period a year ago — according to Thomson Reuters, things look much better in the Agriculture Technology area, a key clean tech subsector. The two areas driving much of the AgTech sector’s growth are biologicals and precision agriculture.

In the first quarter of 2014 investment in Agriculture & Bioproducts companies grew more quickly than any other clean tech sector, growing by 939 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, to $135 million, according to PwC and Thomson Reuters. If expanded to Food & Agriculture, the subsector pulled in close to $231 million across 39 deals in Q1— a 160 percent jump from Q4 2013, and up to $331 million as of May 30, according to data from the Cleantech Group.

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