Sound Agriculture awarded AgTech Startup of the Year

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (Sept 10, 2020) – Sound Agriculture announced today the company has been honored as the AgTech Startup of the Year’ award in the inaugural AgTech Breakthrough Awards. AgTech Breakthrough is a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global AgTech market today. Sound Agriculture was honored in the AgTech Industry Leadership category for its innovative solutions helping growers produce crops with fewer resources and giving consumers access to better and more diverse food.

Sound Agriculture delivers on-demand crop solutions that lead to healthier, tastier and more sustainable food. The company uses modern technology to address the needs of growers, helping them succeed in a rapidly changing world. The company was launched by Eric Davidson and Travis Bayer, experts in microbiology and biochemistry who wanted to apply lab-based research to real-world issues. Its first commercial product, SOURCE™, supports the efficient use of natural resources, allowing growers to maintain profitability while improving the environment.

At Sound, we are finding ways to unleash the natural power of plants to access nutrients that exist in the field,” said Michelle Yoshinaka, VP Corporate Marketing & Communications, Sound Agriculture. We are using technology to help farmers grow more food in a way that is both profitable and better for the planet.”

SOURCE activates microbes in the soil to start processes that fix nitrogen and unlock phosphorus, supporting plant and soil health, and improving productivity. Three years of field trials show an average yield increase in corn of 8 – 10 bushels per acre without requiring more fertilizer. Sound is also addressing changing environmental demands and consumer preferences with its on-demand breeding platform that rapidly evolves traits to improve the sustainability, nutrition, and taste of food without gene modification.

The mission of the AgTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize innovation in a range of agricultural and food technology categories, including Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) based agricultural technologies, farm management, indoor farming, food quality, data analytics and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 1,750 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.

Sound Agriculture is creating cost-effective solutions to help growers both improve crop yields and enhance sustainability,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of AgTech Breakthrough Awards. With a deep understanding of how plants interact with the environment, the company is using technology to help farmers improve profitability and protect the health of their land. We are honored to present Sound with this year’s AgTech Startup of the Year and look forward to seeing what they have in store for the industry in the future.”

About Sound Agriculture

Sound Agriculture unlocks the natural power of plants to meet the demands for more diverse and nutritious food. Innovative, on-demand crop solutions allow agriculture to adapt faster to climate change and evolving consumer preferences, creating healthier food that is better for the planet. Products are designed to improve on-farm efficiency and create healthier, tastier, more sustainable food. Learn more at and follow @sound_ag on Twitter.

About AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the AgTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in agricultural technologies, services, companies and products. The AgTech Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of AgTech companies and solutions in categories including farm management, indoor farming, automation, IoT and robotics, food quality, analytics and more. For more information, visit