AgStart held a fundraising dinner that also promoted their member companies on Aug. 20. AgStart is an incubator in Woodland that helps agricultural startups. AgStart was formed under the now-defunct SARTA, and this was AgStart’s inaugural event under new management. Here are the ag startups featured at this event:

Ag For Hire was formed at the Apps for Ag Hackathon held at UC Davis, where they won first place. Their elevator pitch is that they are the LinkedIn for agricultural workers.

AgShift is a Santa Clara-based startup. They develop free productivity tools for small- and medium-sized farms. Their strategy is a big data play: monetizing the data generated from their tools.

Foodfully’s mission is to eliminate household food waste. To this end, they have developed an app that will track the food purchased and alert the user before food in the fridge spoils. They’ve developed integrations with the loyalty cards of several major grocery chains. In addition, the app will also provide recipes for the food purchased.

GivingGarden is another first-place winner from the Apps for Ag Hackathon held by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. GivingGarden developed an app where urban gardeners can communicate with one another and provide crowdsource data to help their community.

Vibe Imaging Analytics has developed the Vibe QM Instrument that allows farmers to quickly inspect rice and seed samples. This is a significant time saver compared to the current process in which rice and seed samples are inspected by hand.

WaterBit Inc is a Santa Clara-based startup that has developed an Irrigation Management System that uses sensors to optimize water usage.

Wexus Technology Inc. is a San Francisco-based startup that has developed technology that tracks water and electrical usage and allows farmer to reduce costs by providing actionable data.

The AgStart Showcase was held at the beautiful Windmill Vineyards and was a wonderful evening. Drone demonstration and races provided a bit of fun before the Farm to Fork dinner. All in all, it was a great beginning for AgStart.

Photos by Rich Foreman