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AgIdea has been in the business of innovation for a while now — it’s been 11 years, to be exact, since it was founded in Pergamino, Argentina. But the AgTech company, which aims to add value at the intersection of science and agribusiness, is new to St. Louis, where it’s already making an impact.
The AgIdea team.
Although there are countless cities in the States to choose from, founders Mariano Battista and Gonzalo Grigera had been looking to expand to the Midwest since 2014. In the end, they say, there were two main reasons for choosing STL: First, Missouri is very important when it comes to agricultural production. “Our customers helped us see that there was an opportunity for some unsatisfied demand for R&D services.” Secondly, the city is strategically located, with plenty of big agricultural companies nearby.
The company’s staff are young and innovative, with some of the top talent in the field. “We are a young, innovative team entirely dedicated to boost decision-making in pre-commercial processes of ag technologies,” says Battista. “Our multidisciplinary group is highly professional, with PhD, MSc and scientists graduated from top-ranking universities in Argentina and the U.S.”
And the work requires some serious brainpower: the company tests and provides analytical research for seed companies (think Dupont, Monsanto, and Syngenta) to find what genotypes and biotechs works best for farmers. It also looks into seed treatments and agchems, teaming up with sponsors to see studies through from experimental design to monitoring and analysis. “We strongly believe in creating integrated teams with customers,” says Battista.