Three grand challenges face a rapidly-growing world population: decreasing resource availability, increasing demand for nutritionally-sound, globally relevant diets, and the increasing fragility of the global distribution system. Supply disruptions lead to price spikes, and pressures on production like climate change, soil degradation, and water scarcity contribute to unstable yields year-over-year. Lux Research's Agro Innovation Intelligence covers technologies such as modified crops, precision agriculture, and advanced crop protection chemistries, that promise the answers to these challenges.
Companies looking to capitalize on agricultural opportunities must be able to:
  • Understand market dynamics to foresee growth opportunities in emerging and established agricultural markets
  • Monitor the interplay between emerging agricultural technologies around the globe
  • Assess companies in the varied industries that impact agriculture, from seeds to post-harvest processing
  • Navigate constantly evolving international policy landscapes
  • Understand the complex, often distorted value chains in the agriculture industry
  • Identify new technologies and opportunities that exist adjacent to existing core strengths, such as drones for crop monitoring and systems for open ocean aquaculture

Recently Profiled Companies

  • Ignitia

    Tropical weather forecasts for smallholder farmers

    Mar 22, 2017

  • 3Bar Biologics

    Developing microbial inoculant system

    Mar 20, 2017

  • White Dog Labs

    Mixotrophic fermentation platform for animal feed and specialty chemical production

    Mar 20, 2017


    Developing software platform to manage agricultural operations, including worker productivity and agricultural machinery logistics

    Mar 20, 2017

  • FarmX

    Irrigation management platform for permanent crops

    Mar 20, 2017

  • AGERpoint

    Provides phenotyping service for permanent crops

    Mar 6, 2017

  • Plenty

    Developing vertical farming systems and operations

    Mar 6, 2017

  • Exigence Technologies

    Antimicrobial technology for use in fluids and surfaces; targeting agriculture and food production/packaging

    Mar 6, 2017

  • GrainSense Oy

    Handheld, NIR-based grain scanning and measuring technology

    Mar 6, 2017

  • Yield Prophet

    Developing an agronomic growth model to predict yield

    Feb 20, 2017

  • HarvestPort

    Online marketplace to rent and lease seasonal agricultural equipment

    Feb 20, 2017

  • KnipBio

    Developing bacterial protein for animal feed using alcohol fermentation

    Feb 20, 2017

Download a sample company profile.

  • Crop modification platforms and technologies
  • Fertilizer optimization and application
  • Pesticides and biopesticides
  • Geospatial mapping and aerial imaging
  • Sensors for soil moisture and chemistry
  • No- and low-till farming approaches and tools
  • Vertical farming, hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics
  • Microbial and microbe-derived soil enhancement and crop protection
  • Alternative nutrition sources for livestock and aquaculture feed
  • Increased water use efficiency
  • Increased yield
  • Enhanced yield stability
  • Increased crop resistance to
  • abiotic stressors like drought, heat, and salinity
  • Reduced agriculture’s carbon footprint
  • Improved crop storage post-harvest
  • Targeted fertilizer and pesticide use
  • Increased agricultural efficiency
  • Decreased irrigation
  • Improved livestock and aquaculture feed conversion efficiency
  • Targeted fertilizer and pesticide use
  • Increased agricultural efficiency
  • Decreased irrigation
  • Improved livestock and aquaculture feed conversion efficiency

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