Agrology, a climate technology start-up, has been awarded approximately $5m in funding from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities initiative. The grant will be used to further develop the capacity of growers to quantify climate-smart practices in real-time using Agrology’s monitoring and verification platform.
Agrology, a seed-stage climate technology start-up, has announced that it has been awarded approximately $5m in funding from the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities initiative. The grant will be used to further develop the capacity of growers to quantify climate-smart practices in real-time, using Agrology’s monitoring and verification platform. The platform, which helps growers to monitor crops and receives predictive insights on soil carbon respiration and sequestration, greenhouse gases, irrigation, extreme weather, pest and disease outbreaks, and more, will enable Agrology to deliver the first commercially available, scalable agricultural greenhouse gas measurement and monitoring system on the market.
Agrology CEO Adam Koeppel commented on the grant, saying: “This is an incredible opportunity for Agrology to work with leading academics to expand real-time agricultural greenhouse gas monitoring and verification. Farmers, ranchers, and growers need high-quality ground-truth data to help them with the transition to climate-smart agricultural practices. This data will prove their success, and help them capture value in carbon markets. We are honored to receive a USDA grant to work alongside academics and growers to uncover ways to make climate-smart farming financially accessible to growers of all sizes and all crops.”
The grant partners include the University Corporation at Monterey Bay, Huntington Farms, RCD of Monterey County, University of California Cooperative Extension, and the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. The coalition will focus on California’s Central Coast cool-season vegetable crops, using research-grade laboratory verification at the Huntington Farms Research Site. The grant is part of the second round of USDA grants, which focus on “small farming and ranching operations, including, but not limited to, underserved producers, as well as measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification activities developed at minority-serving institutions,” according to the USDA.
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