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Finistere Ventures in collaboration with Bayer CropScience

Finistere Ventures, a California-based innovation capital firm and one of the pioneers in the rapidly growing agriculture technology (Agtech) sector, announced the first closing of its new $150M Agtech Fund, Finistere II. The Fund focuses on new technology solutions in food productivity, sustainability and nutrition to address the ever-decreasing agricultural land resources, climate change and changing population demographics.

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Enlist Weed Control System joins Flag the Technology program

Dow AgroSciences has added a flag for the Enlist Weed Control System to the University of Arkansas’ Flag the Technology program. Building on the Roundup Ready system, the Enlist system is a new herbicide-tolerant trait technology that will provide exceptional weed control in corn, soybeans and cotton. Regulatory approvals are pending for Enlist cotton.

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Use improv to improve your business skills

Susie and Ron had been working together for eleven years and had been managers for the last three. Ron was struggling with the challenges of getting his organization to perform at a high level. He had noticed that Susie consistently stayed within budget and not only met—but exceeded—her goals. Ron saw Susie in line at the company cafeteria and asked if he could sit with her at lunch. After some small-talk, Ron shared his struggles with Susie and jokingly asked what her secret was. Susie mentioned that she had been taking improv classes for a few years and not only were they a lot of fun, they helped her overcome her fear of speaking in public and make a bigger impact in meetings.

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Grafting research could rescue watermelon crop

The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks.

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