By 2050, there will be nearly 10 billion people on Earth, which is about three billion more mouths to feed than there were in 2010. Given the economic and environmental costs of current industrial agricultural practices and volatile weather conditions, one can’t help but wonder if we will be able to produce enough food to sustain our population in the future. Recognizing this, Indigo Ag wants to increase our planet’s capacity to produce food in a sustainable manner. The company leverages powerful microbiology, machine learning and digital technologies to make agriculture more productive, profitable and sustainable.
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Indigo’s microbial seed treatment collection has the capacity to protect crops from abiotic stresses - from extreme temperatures and water scarcity, to nutrient-deficient soils. By increasing a plant's resiliency in tough environmental conditions and enhancing the use of resources such as water, the treatments have the potential to naturally improve yields and increase farm revenue. However, Indigo’s ambitions go way beyond seed development. The company is supporting farmers every step of the way from planting to crop harvest, delivery and payment. Rocket has played a role in helping create the software which enables this complex lifecycle.
“The company wants to support farmers every step of the way.”
Indigo Marketplace helps growers navigate the grain market with confidence and helps buyers access high-quality, identity-preserved crops that meet their specifications. Buyers on this platform are able to source grain with a range of characteristics (eg. protein content, milling quality, variety) and production practices (eg. organic, rain-fed, non-GM). Growers are able to access a suite of tools and services to support their grain marketing efforts. Transacting digitally, both growers and buyers can increase efficiency and access a larger market through Marketplace.
Rocket worked with the Indigo team to design and build the company’s Marketplace platform, which helps better connect farmers with buyers.
Once Indigo Marketplace was in place, crops still needed to be transported from point A to point B. Rocket helped Indigo build Indigo Transport to pair growers and grain buyers with carriers (trucking companies) for the efficient transport of grain. Growers can opt to leave the hassle of logistics to Indigo Transport while carriers experience a seamless and supported way of finding new loads.
Beginning with just the idea of building an ecosystem to help farmers ship grain more economically, the Rocket team worked with Indigo to launch the minimum viable product (MVP) for Transport in just four months. Indigo worked with Rocket to launch Transport with an app focused on owner-operated trucking companies, while continuing to conduct user interviews to learn about what was and wasn’t working.
From grain bidding to transport to payment for crops, Rocket has supported Indigo to build multiple different apps and platforms. Within the first few months, Indigo Marketplace saw significant traction with thousands of growers and buyers utilizing the platforms.
Within the first few months, Indigo Marketplace saw significant traction with thousands of growers and buyers utilizing the platforms. In January 2019, Indigo Marketplace saw $4B in average daily bids over a 30-day period. In December 2019, average daily bids hit $51B over a 30-day period, a 1175% increase.
Today, at every step of the way, farmers have more options, processes are more efficient and Indigo scientists have more information at their fingertips to help drive innovations in agriculture that will be critical to feeding people for years to come.
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