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Regrow is a multinational team of scientists, agronomists, engineers, and software developers committed to transforming the supply chain from farm to fork to ensure a prosperous future for people and the planet. We are in 8 countries, speaking 10 languages, and growing fast. Join us!

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Values

  • Ownership: owning and feeling the value of our personal contribution

    Regrow is a shared endeavor. Collectively, we all take ownership over our efforts, and over the work that’s yet to be done. At Regrow, no one is considered “them” — not our investors, not our leadership team, not our customers. Regrow is a community, and often it feels boundless. We take personal responsibility for the outcomes of our efforts, and we each have the initiative to grasp opportunities as we encounter them.

  • Commitment to customers: we are committed to the success of agrifood industry

    We can only achieve impact with the help of our customers. It’s through their hands that we can change the world. We have a deep understanding of our customers’ needs, and we work to create products that solve their problems. We have a vision for the future of the agrifood industry, and we know our customers do, too. By working together, we can combine those visions and bring the future closer to us, faster.

  • Teamwork: we value collaboration over individual performance

    Just as one person didn’t change our climate, one person cannot fix it. At Regrow, we value teamwork over individual performance, because we know it’s the only way to meet our collective goals. At Regrow, we actively foster collaboration. We’ve learned how to balance each team member’s skills, and how to involve just the right people to get the job done.

  • Transparency: we communicate and make our actions clear to others

    We’re in this together. At Regrow, being “in this together” requires a culture of openness and collaboration. We have open Q&A and AMA sessions at Regrow, transparent business strategy meetings, and open calendars. We acknowledge that everyone, at all levels of the company, has something to contribute, and we make sure each person can share their contributions in an open, honest way.

  • Impact and efficiency: maximizing our impact with available resources

    We can’t say it enough: when it comes to the climate, there’s no time to waste. Our team members work with intensity. We feel the urgency of the climate crisis, and we understand our opportunity to be part of a viable solution. We feel a pull from the agrifood industry, telling us that they need solutions today — right now.

Insider experiences

What’s your favorite thing about working at Regrow?

I love the collaborative nature and open communication in the company. We always work as teams, that are dedicated to getting the science, engineering, and user experiences right. We deliver products that drive changes in the agricultural industry and help reverting climate change.

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William Salas
Chief Strategy Officer
Juan Delard De Rigoulières Mantelli
Chief Technology Officer
Manal Elarab
Global Head of Business and Product Development
Kelly Champavier
Head of Product
Andy Klopstad
Chief Marketing Officer

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Other announcement

TEDx: Investing in Climate Change Means Investing in our Soil

TEDx: Investing in Climate Change Means Investing in our Soil

In a recent talk hosted at TEDx Gateway, Regrow CEO and cofounder Anastasia Volkova, PhD, highlighted the vital importance of soil health in our fight against climate change. Soil holds more than three times the carbon that our atmosphere does, making it one of the world’s oldest and most crucial carbon banks (along with oceans and forests). Healthy soil can store more greenhouse gasses, meaning that if we manage and maintain it properly, we can use it to help slow or reverse climate change. “If we picture soil as the world’s oldest bank, the last two millennia have been about increasing the credit limit and growing on it without paying it back” said Anastasia, speaking about the practice of agriculture and its growth over the last 2,000 years. Our agricultural practices over previous centuries have often failed to properly protect soil health, lowering its fertility, biodiversity and carbon sequestering potential. Frequent tillage and the use of industrial fertilizers , cornerstones of traditional western agriculture, quickens the breakdown of organic soil matter, leading to carbon escaping into the atmosphere. As Anastasia outlines in her TEDx Talk, adopting regenerative farming practices, such as no-till farming and cover cropping, can help reverse the damage done to our soil and our climate as a whole. “Regenerative agricultural practices help the soil build-up more organic matter, sequester carbon and more importantly produce healthier food,” emphasized Anastasia. “In addition to these practices being good for us as consumers, these practices are good for the farmers financially as they allow them to reduce the amount of synthetic chemicals used in crop production, making not only the environment better but also the farm’s bottom line stronger.” Anastasia explained that, to facilitate the spread of regenerative agriculture, we must first incentivize farmers to take up farming methods that are good for the planet. “Suddenly, sustainability isn’t an extra risk for the farm, hence the farm can become more financially stable while the regenerative ag practices keep building up the soil health.”

Funding announcement

Regrow Leads $5M Project “Niche” to Optimize Crop Variety Placement in Sub-Saharan Africa

Regrow Leads $5M Project “Niche” to Optimize Crop Variety Placement in Sub-Saharan Africa

(San Francisco, California) — Regrow Ag is leading a project that aims to optimize crop variety placement in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project, which has been awarded a $5M, 4-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will bring together several key agriculture and climate tech partners to build an assessment framework and digital tools that will: Define and characterize the current and future performance of crop and variety adaptation zones in Sub-Saharan Africa, to advance the knowledge of seed breeders on climate adaptation in those specific zones Identify optimal variety placement for novel and existing crop varieties, so they can be effectively distributed to farmers The framework, based on integration of remote sensing with crop modeling, will help seed developers understand the yield potential of certain cropping environments, given our changing climate and its anticipated effects on sub-Saharan Africa. The program will also optimize placement for specific crop varieties, based on the past performance of similar hybrid types. The project goal is to help seed developers in Sub-Saharan Africa establish more climate-adaptive crops, which are region-specific, and give supply chain distribution partners and producers insight into optimal placement for those varieties. Regrow is leading the project with support from NASA Harvest, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and an African-based nonprofit organization called One Acre Fund. NASA Harvest will support Regrow in crop and yield mapping, and The University of Nebraska - Lincoln’s contribution to Global Yield Gap Atlas will bring to the project the knowledge of characterization of sub-Saharan crop production environments. One Acre Fund will provide on-the-ground insights, data, and analysis. With this information, Regrow will integrate the data into an analytical framework built around Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) hosted on the company’s crop analytics platform, FluroSense. The resulting program, called Niche, is intended to provide breeders, seed companies and advisories with information to optimize seed development and placement in Sub-Saharan African countries. This will allow users to develop climatically adaptive seed varieties more precisely, and rapidly, thereby improving crop resilience in the face of changing weather conditions and other stressors related to climate change. Data from the project will also be made available in open-access datasets in accordance with FAIR data practices to enable and enhance sustainable agriculture. “We aim to provide access to data-driven decision-making tools promoting the adoption of climate-smart agriculture in the communities that need it the most,” said Anastasia Volkova, PhD, CEO and Co-founder of Regrow, “Not only will we be able to help breeders to optimize future crop varieties and build climate resilience, but we’ll build the body of knowledge and open-access datasets that will help further research on climate adaptation and resilience .” Stay tuned — we’ll share more information about the Niche project on our blog.

Funding announcement

EXCLUSIVE: Cargill, Microsoft join $17m round for carbon verification platform Regrow

EXCLUSIVE: Cargill, Microsoft join $17m round for carbon verification platform Regrow

Ag software startup Regrow has raised $17 million in Series A funding as it proceeds with the US rollout of its monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) tool for carbon sequestration and monetization. New investors participating in the round included US agribusiness giant Cargill, US climate-focused VC Ajax Strategies, and Australian agrifoodtech VC Tenacious Ventures. Among Regrow’s returning investors were Microsoft venture unit M12, AirTree Ventures, the Jeremy & Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust‘s Neglected Climate Opportunities fund, and Main Sequence – the VC arm of Australian national R&D agency CSIRO. Regrow was formed in February this year following the merger of Australian crop science company FluroSat and US soil health startup Dagan. The Durham, New Hampshire-based firm claims its MRV platform is “the first and only” such system that allows stakeholders across the emerging ag carbon credits industry to create, and cash in on, carbon strategies. It does this by enabling transparent reporting, historical analysis, and forward-looking projections of carbon sequestration and emissions reductions, with the hope of removing “the most critical challenges standing in the way of ubiquitous adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.” Regrow “supports delivery of programs initiated by sellers or buyers to the growers, as well as supporting grower decision-making in choosing which practice to adopt by showing them the potential for outcomes and payments,” says CEO Anastasia Volkova, who describes the platform as “the first independent, objective turnkey system” for agriculture. She tells AFN that it is this ‘independence’ which differentiates Regrow’s solution from those of competing MRV providers. “It doesn’t combine the MRV capabilities with the market itself. We power sustainability programs of key players without deciding on the price of the credit or making the payment,” she says. “This ensures that we stay focused on the science and the MRV itself, and are not incentivized by financial outcomes that we help create. Competitive MRV offerings such as CIBO and Indigo have a market attached to them, which creates undesirable conflicts of interest for all parties.” Cutting the costs of verification Another advantage of Regrow’s MRV, from Volkova’s perspective, is that it’s able to cut the costs of data collection — including soil sampling — by leveraging integrations with third-party farm management software, as well as the startup’s own satellite imagery-based monitoring and verification product, OpTIS. “Soil sampling is important and plays a key role in initializing our soil model. Relying on a combination of modeling and remote sensing, however, means that you do not have to redo soil sampling as frequently since your model has known accuracy and uncertainty that you can propagate with time,” she says. “If markets know the uncertainty of the outcomes then they can appropriately administer payment and simultaneously lower the cost of sampling.” DNDC — the soil model Regrow uses to quantify carbon credits and other outcomes — “has been scientifically vetted and used internationally,” she adds. “Again, this means for the food companies, which are the primary funders of sustainability programs at the moment, that the MRV will scale globally and cover their various supply chains.” Among the companies and organizations that have signed up as paying subscribers to Regrow’s MRV platform and its supporting products are new investor Cargill, agrochemicals major Bayer, and food giant General Mills. Volkova says there are several new partnerships on the horizon that will help Regrow to expand into new international markets, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Europe in the first instance. “Not only does agriculture feed our growing population, but we know that, when done sustainably, it can sequester carbon and lead to better environmental outcomes,” Ben Fargher, managing director of sustainability for Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain North America, said in a statement. “Regrow, with its dedication to science and bias for action, has tremendous potential to enable further transformation of sustainable agricultural systems around the world.”

Partnership announcement

Ag monitoring startup FluroSat merges with soil carbon expert Dagan to form Regrow

Ag monitoring startup FluroSat merges with soil carbon expert Dagan to form Regrow

FluroSat and Dagan, two startups that both are tackling the monitoring and management of agricultural inputs and outputs for a better understanding of the role sustainable agriculture can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, have merged and are launching a package of services under a new brand, Regrow. The merge, announced yesterday, will create a company that combines FluroSat’s data-driven agriculture management services with Dagan’s soil biogeochemical modeling technology, the companies said in a joint statement. The combined companies will have the ability to provide satellite collected data to optimize crop management and adoption of conservation practices along with site-specific analysis and custom interventions for different crops, fields, farms and regions. Dagan co-founder Dr. William Salas said the combined companies will be able to have a better handle on the market for carbon emissions — thanks in no small part to Dagan’s work on soil carbon. “Soil carbon sequestration is finally emerging as a globally relevant strategy for drawing down excess atmospheric carbon dioxide. Shortcuts, misconceptions and over-hyping have the potential to stunt the tremendous potential of soil carbon,” Salas said in a statement. “But the merger of FluroSat and Dagan will give the industry the confidence and integrity it needs with best-in-class soil health data that can prescribe site-specific strategies and provide accuracy and transparency that will help companies succeed in carbon markets.” Terms of the merger were not disclosed, but FluroSat had previously raised roughly $8.6 million in equity and grant funding led by Microsoft’s M12 venture fund, according to data from Crunchbase. “Over the next decade, we need to grow and produce enough food to nourish 10 billion people around the world in a way that protects our land and stems climate change,” says Ranveer Chandra, chief scientist, Azure Global at Microsoft. “Regrow’s computational agriculture, using machine learning and scientific modeling, will help improve the accuracy of accounting for soil carbon, and bring farmers closer to benefitting from carbon markets.”

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