FarmShots is a consulting branch of Syngenta, which acquired them in 2018. The company uses satellite imagery to map diseases and bug infestations on agricultural land.
Located in Raleigh, NC (RTP)
What problem is the company looking to solve?
By identifying problem areas of large farms, FarmShots is able to help growers save money on labor and reduce their use of chemicals that would otherwise be wasted.
What stage of development is the company in?
FarmShots, founded in 2013, was acquired by Syngenta in 2018, which is a large, international company. They have clients across the globe, from China to Brazil.
What are the company’s most concerning challenges? How will they address these challenges?
For Josh Miller, the founder of FarmShots, his biggest challenge early on was getting used to taking risks. Now, with the company’s growth, their challenges have changed; FarmShots has to adapt to an international market and cater to each individual country.
Describe the company’s approach to the Triple Bottom Line.
FarmShots is helping to reduce the environmental impact that disease and pestilence can have on agriculture. By running diagnoses on land, the company identifies problem areas to reduce chemical waste that would otherwise be spread across the entire plot; this process also prevents chemical runoff. Economically, FarmShots can help growers save thousands of dollars. Traditionally, farmers would need to hire laborers to scout out disease, but with FarmShots they can save time and money. Socially, having healthier crops leads to healthier communities.
Who currently makes up the company’s team? What gaps, if any, need to be filled?
Syngenta is a large, international organization, but the FarmShots branch is headed by Josh Miller, who leads a team of about 10 people.