Amber Agriculture: Condition Sensing for Grain Storage


Jan 10 2017

The student founded startup Amber Agriculture, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has designed a product to help farmers more accurately monitor conditions in their grain-storage facilities.

The small, wireless dispensers that are dispersed in the grain itself and record metrics such as humidity, temperature, and levels of certain volatile compounds. Farmers can access the data through Amber’s mobile app.

Amber Ag Sensors

According to the startup’s co-founder, Lucas Frye, only 5-10% of grain storage bins currently utilize some form of monitoring, and the technology they do use is wildly out of date. This oversight potentially wastes thousands of bushels of quality grain every year, meaning large cuts in agricultural profits.

Amber Agriculture hopes to eventually assist farmers in developing countries where roughly 30% of harvested crops end up going to waste, but for now plans to focus on getting their system up and running properly.


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Highlights

+ The service is currently open for early access, and will be rolling out field trials this year.

+ A 1% change in temperature can result in a loss of $6,000 to $8,000 in revenue on 100,000 bushels.

+ Amber Agriculture went through UIUC's iVenture accelerator and won the 2016 Cozad New Venture Competition, where they were awarded $20,000, as well as $1,000 from Dow Agrosciences and received a $10,000 investment from Illinois Ventures.

Additional Coverage

- https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/06/ambers-sensors-aim-to-save-farmers-grain-from-spoilage/

- http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2016/07/08/farming-innovation-amber-agriculture-brings-tech-to-crop-storage/

- http://iventure.illinois.edu/index.php/portfolio/amber-agriculture/


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