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  • Crop Enhancement Appoints Industry Veteran Jean Pougnier to CEO

    Coffee’s #1 Enemy Can Now Be Controlled with a Safe and Sustainable Approach

    Crop Enhancement Raises $8M Series B to Help Growers Protect Crops with Safe Coatings

    Crop Enhancement Raises $8m Series B to Support Trials for its ‘Safer Chemistry’ Pesticide Coating

    Crop Enhancement raises $8m Series B to support trials for its ‘safer chemistry’ pesticide coating “When you think about putting a film around something in the food space, you most likely think about  packaging or perhaps one of the growing number of shelf life enhancement startups that coat produce in a special material to stop […]

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    Crop Enhancement Expands Leadership Team with Chief Business and Technology Officers

    Crop Enhancement Expands Leadership Team with Chief Business and Technology Officers  Jean Pougnier joins agtech innovator as chief business officer, Dr. Damian Hajduk moves to chief technology officer; Crop Enhancement’s CropCoat® product performs in field trials on coffee and almond crops SAN JOSE, Calif.— Dec. 11, 2019: Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of sustainable agrochemical […]

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    Q&A with Regulatory Expert and Crop Enhancement Advisory Board Member Dr. Jerry Hjelle

    Crop Enhancement provides a pathway to improving how we grow food and will have a lasting impact on today’s food production chain. But what are the regulatory hurdles that must be overcome in order to get to market?   Today, I sat down with Jerry Hjelle, Ph.D, D.A.B.T., an expert in food safety and global […]

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    Q&A with Mike Wilbur, Kevin Chen on Cavallo Ventures’ Latest Bet

    Q&A with Mike Wilbur, Kevin Chen on Cavallo Ventures’ Latest Bet “With its investment, Cavallo Ventures aims to accelerate the development of Crop Enhancement’s breakthrough crop protection technology in the United States — particularly for the production of high-value fruit and vegetable crops. CropLife chatted with both Mike Wilbur, President and CEO of Cavallo Ventures, […]

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    Cavallo Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Crop Enhancement to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

    Cavallo Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Crop Enhancement to Advance Sustainable Agriculture   The venture capital arm of Wilbur-Ellis–a recognized leader in the marketing and distribution of crop protection, precision agriculture technology, seed and nutritional products–aims to accelerate the application of sustainable crop protection technologies for high-value fruit and vegetable crops SAN JOSE, Calif.—Jan 22, […]

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    Cavallo Ventures Makes Seven Figure Investment In Pesticide Disruption

    Cavallo Ventures Makes Seven Figure Investment In Pesticide Disruption Cavallo Ventures, the venture capital arm of global agribusiness company Wilbur-Ellis, has just announced a seven figure investment in agricultural technology startup Crop Enhancement, Inc. The California-based company makes CropCoat, a unique protective coating being touted as an alternative to more toxic pesticides on the market. “In trials we’ve completed, our […]

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    New Mode of Action to Stop Insects

    New Mode of Action to Stop Insects Agriculture has seen its fair share of new startup companies in the last five years. With billions being invested in new ideas, a lot of brainpower is being put toward a range of new ideas. Recently, Farm Progress talked with Kevin Chen, CEO, Crop Enhancement, a venture-capital-funded company […]

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    What does Marcus Meadows-Smith see in Crop Enhancement?

    What does Marcus Meadows-Smith see in Crop Enhancement? “As veterans of the biopesticide industry go, Marcus Meadows-Smith is a heavy hitter. His résumé is packed with transformative business performance at several major companies (Bayer, AgraQuest, Chemtura, among others). Currently the CEO of BioConsortia Inc., Meadows-Smith has just taken a role on the board of directors […]

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    CropCoat Uses Unique Film to Protect Cocoa from Pests

    CropCoat Uses Unique Film to Protect Cocoa from Pests “If you are a lover of chocolate, coffee, or both, you will appreciate the effectiveness of a new mode of action to prevent damage to coffee and cocoa pods by soft-bodied insects. And eventually, the same technology could benefit corn and soybean growers, too. CropCoat, a […]

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    Cargill Boosts Cocoa Productivity and Quality Using Crop Enhancement’s Sustainable Crop Production Technology

    Cargill Boosts Cocoa Productivity and Quality Using Crop Enhancement’s Sustainable Crop Production Technology   Indonesian cocoa growers in Cargill’s extensive network are eager to expand their use of this effective, farmer-friendly solution that reduces the need for synthetic pesticides   SAN JOSE, Calif.—September 10, 2018: Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of sustainable agrochemical products for […]

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    Envisioning the Future of Crop Protection

    Envisioning the Future of Crop Protection “One of the biggest challenges facing farmers — and many consumers — is how to control destructive insects, diseases, and weeds while avoiding or reducing the negative effects associated with using agrochemicals. There is growing support for new products and methods that address these issues, and there are a […]

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    Crop Enhancement Appoints Marcus Meadows-Smith as Independent Director

    Crop Enhancement Appoints Marcus Meadows-Smith as Independent Director   As Crop Enhancement prepares to launch its first crop protection product, Meadows-Smith to advise on value-creation strategies   SAN JOSE, Calif.—July 31, 2018: Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of sustainable agrochemical products for enhancing crop yields, has appointed Marcus Meadows-Smith to its board of directors. As […]

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    There’s Hope on the Horizon for Pesticide-Averse Consumers

    There’s Hope on the Horizon for Pesticide-Averse Consumers “When it comes to what we eat, the demands of conscious consumers are clear: They expect ethically produced and sourced food that is healthy, safe and affordable. Many of those consumers would be surprised to hear that the move away from toxic pesticide use is not a […]

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    Crop Enhancement Presents at Agtech Nexus USA

    Crop Enhancement Presents at Agtech Nexus USA In June, we were invited to speak at the Agtech Nexus USA 2018 conference in Boston. Produced by Global AgInvesting, this event convened leading agribusinesses, investors, tech companies and other stakeholders from around the country to discuss trends and opportunities in the expanding agtech sector. The focus of […]

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    Pest Management: 10 Companies to Watch in 2018

    Pest Management: 10 Companies to Watch in 2018 “Successful crop production isn’t dependent on any single aspect of cropping systems management, but rather many different factors that combine to produce optimal, harvestable yields. A key component in profitable yields is effective pest management. Harmful organisms create damage in many different ways and have the potential […]

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    Crop Enhancement: Using Materials Science to Replace Toxic Pesticides with Smarter, Safer Solutions

    Crop Enhancement: Using Materials Science to Replace Toxic Pesticides with Smarter, Safer Solutions “This post is part of our Future of Agriculture series in which we interview the leading founders and executives who are on the front lines of the industry to get a better understanding of what problems the industry is facing, what trends […]

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    Crop Enhancement Presents at the AGRI Tech Venture Forum

    Crop Enhancement Presents at the AGRI Tech Venture Forum by Kevin Chen Crop Enhancement was selected to present as a showcase company at the recent AGRI Tech Venture Forum. Held each year in Toronto, this event is among the calendar highlights of any agtech company looking to connect with customers, partners, and investors. The conference […]

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    Following Positive Agricultural Field Trials, Crop Enhancement Expands Go-To-Market Team

    Following Positive Agricultural Field Trials, Crop Enhancement Expands Go-To-Market Team   Rodrigo Bermudez to Spearhead Global Business Development, Nandang Holil to Lead Commercialization in Indonesia   SAN JOSE, Calif.—May 1, 2018: Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of sustainable agrochemicals for enhancing crop yields, has strengthened its go-to-market team with the appointment of two experienced agricultural […]

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    Reflections on Crop Enhancement’s 2017, and what lies ahead in 2018

    [dt_highlight color=”” text_color=”” bg_color=””]by Kevin Chen[/dt_highlight]   2017 was a pivotal year for Crop Enhancement, and we exited the year well positioned for 2018. During the course of the year, we focused our efforts on three initiatives: strengthening the company structurally; product and field development; and market education. In this blog, I’ll take you through […]

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    Crop Enhancement Presents at 2017 World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting

    On October 25th, 2017, Crop Enhancement CEO Kevin Chen introduced CropCoat® to attendees at the annual partnership meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) in Washington, D.C., receiving public recognition from a top chocolate manufacturer. Each year, this event brings leaders from industry, government, nonprofits and academia together to share new developments in the global […]

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    Crop Enhancement Presents at Entomological Society of America (ESA) Conference

    Crop Enhancement Presents at Entomological Society of America (ESA) Conference On November 8th, 2017, Crop Enhancement Global Field Development Manager Eric Flora introduced our CropCoat® product to attendees at Entomology 2017, the annual conference of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), in Denver, Colorado. Eric began with an overview of CropCoat and explained how it […]

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    How China can support its increasing demand for organic, fresh, and safe food

    How China can support its increasing demand for organic, fresh, and safe food “China’s government has set ambitious goals to improve the sustainability of its vast agricultural sector. But farmers won’t adopt sustainability practices unless new technologies also increase their profits. Meanwhile, important factors are intensifying the urgency of the problem in China:” Read the […]

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    Ag Disruptor to Watch: Crop Enhancement Has Unique Approach

    Ag Disruptor to Watch: Crop Enhancement Has Unique Approach “Editor’s note: This piece is part of our cover story, “The Disruptors,” appearing in the November/December issue of AgriBusiness Global. CropCoat, the signature product of San Jose, California start-up Crop Enhancement, doesn’t quite fit into any of the typical crop protection categories. In fact, it works like […]

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    Connected to Origin: Technology’s role in a sustainable supply chain

    Connected to Origin: Technology’s role in a sustainable supply chain “The prevalence of specialty coffee continues to drive consumer interest in both bean quality and ethical sourcing. Many coffee drinkers associate higher-priced beans and upscale retail experiences with greater social and environmental responsibility at the farm level. However, the growing number of ways in which […]

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    Q&A With Crop Enhancement Advisory Board Member and Agribusiness Leader Mary Shelman

    Q&A With Crop Enhancement Advisory Board Member and Agribusiness Leader Mary Shelman   We recently announced the formation of our advisory board, a group of talented individuals who will help inform and guide our business strategy, and provide useful industry connection. One of the three members of this board is Mary Shelman, who is well […]

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    Studying Seasons of Agricultural Growth, Berkeley Students Grow Themselves

    Studying Seasons of Agricultural Growth, Berkeley Students Grow Themselves   Guest post by BEACN The Bay Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN) is a student-run environmental consulting firm at UC Berkeley that undertakes semester long projects with innovative and progressive clients. During the fall of 2016, we created a database of 50 crops that could […]

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    Crop Enhancement Appoints VP R&D, Builds Go-To-Market Team as AgTech Materials Science Pioneer Expands Industry Focus

    Crop Enhancement Appoints VP R&D, Builds Go-To-Market Team as AgTech Materials Science Pioneer Expands Industry Focus   Dr. Damian Hajduk heads up R&D; Mark Russell and Eric Flora spearhead market- and field-development efforts; Marcus Meadows-Smith, Mark Phillipson, and Mary Shelman to advise on business strategy CAMBRIDGE, MA.—June 27, 2017: Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of […]

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    Crop Enhancement Wins Pitch Competition at 2017 Plug and Play Summer Summit

    We’re thrilled to announce that Crop Enhancement won the pitch competition for new materials startups at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator’s 2017 Summer Summit (held on June 7 at the Sunnyvale, CA, campus). The event concluded a 12-week accelerator program which enabled us to make valuable connections with Plug and Play’s corporate partners including some […]

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    Crop Enhancement Joins Panel on Global Markets at Silicon Valley AgTech Conference

      On May 5th, 2017, Crop Enhancement CEO Kevin Chen spoke about innovation in global markets at the Silicon Valley AgTech Conference in Mountain View, CA. Now in its fourth year, the conference drew over 500 investors, entrepreneurs and customers focused on solving the most pressing challenges in agriculture. Kevin spoke about Crop Enhancement’s CropCoat® […]

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    Crop Enhancement Joins 2017 Plug and Play Food & Beverage Cohort

    Crop Enhancement was selected among 1,000 applicants to join the inaugural 20-member Food & Beverage cohort from Plug and Play Tech Center, the world’s largest startup accelerator. The three-month program brings valuable exposure to Plug and Play’s network of 200 VCs and 180 corporate partners, which include Hershey’s, Molson Coors and PepsiCo. You can read […]

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    Crop Enhancement Featured as First Guest in Inaugural TerraTech Podcast

    Crop Enhancement was recently featured on TerraTech, a brand new weekly podcast hosted by Jim Lane that covers new technologies in the advanced bio-economy. On the show, CEO Kevin Chen and CTO David Soane discussed how Crop Enhancement uses naturally occurring materials to protect crops, thereby helping to increase crop yields and reduce toxic pesticide […]

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    Crop Enhancement Wins People’s Choice Award at the Ag Innovation Showcase

    On September 13th, 2016, Crop Enhancement CEO Kevin Chen presented to 400 entrepreneurs and investors at the sold-out Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, MO. Established in 2009, the event connects entrepreneurs and investors around the newest innovations in global AgTech and sustainable agriculture. Crop Enhancement was one of 20 companies selected to give a […]

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    Power Lunch: The Path Toward Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Cacao

    Power Lunch: The Path Toward Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Cacao “What if cacao production wasn’t so dependent on toxic pesticides? Is there a way to chart a course to a pesticide-free brand of cacao? A new crop protection technology, which leverages the latest scientific developments in materials science, offers a solution: a non-toxic, biodegradable crop protection […]

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    What We Learned About Agriculture With Crop Enhancement

    Guest post by BEACN The Bay-Area Environmentally Aware Consulting Network (BEACN) is a group of undergraduates who take on clients from the Bay Area and beyond for semester long projects. Our members solve everything from supply side sustainability improvements to brand strategizing and market sizing questions for environmental start ups. We work with clients, both […]

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    Biotech Startup Stories: Crop Enhancement

    “Crop Enhancement is an early-stage Boston-based company that develops non-toxic and sustained release technologies for agriculture. They recently secured $8.5 million in Series B funding. Kevin Chen, Crop Enhancement’s CEO, talked to us about how they found investors and what they are doing to overcome other challenges.” Read the full article >>

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    1955 Capital Makes First Investment into Startup Combatting Pests in Developing Countries

    1955 Capital Makes First Investment into Startup Combatting Pests in Developing Countries “Crop Enhancement, a startup using what it dubs “sustainable chemistry” to combat crop pests and increase crop yields in the tropics, has raised $8.5 million in Series B funding. The round was co-led by 1955 Capital, the VC firm that ex-Khosla partner Andrew […]

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    This Startup Just Raised Funding to Coat Crops

    This Startup Just Raised Funding to Coat Crops “It’s the brainchild of a serial entrepreneur and former UC Berkeley professor. Is the answer to feeding 9 billion people by 2050 to coat our crops? That’s the new idea by a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup called Crop Enhancement. The five-year-old company makes a thin film out of […]

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    Agtech Startup Crop Enhancement Reaps $8.5M for Plant Coating Tech

    Agtech Startup Crop Enhancement Reaps $8.5M for Plant Coating Tech “Pesticides are a challenging agricultural problem, because rain washes them off of plants and the resulting runoff can poison other plants, animals, and water systems. Agricultural biotech startup Crop Enhancement is testing a plant protection product that could reduce pesticide use and perhaps do away […]

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    Crop Enhancement Secures $8.5M in Series B Funding

    Crop Enhancement Secures $8.5M in Series B Funding to Help Farmers Sustainably Increase Crop Yield While Minimizing or Eliminating Pesticide Use   MLS Capital Fund II and 1955 Capital co-led the round, with Bandgap Ventures and initial investor Phoenix Venture Partners rounding out the syndicate CAMBRIDGE, MA.—September 13, 2016: Crop Enhancement Inc., an innovator of sustainable […]

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