NextGen Agriculture


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NextGen Agriculture

Black & Veatch’s NextGen Agriculture team helps bring new agricultural technologies to life. From vertical farming to cell-based meats, B&V has the engineering and construction solutions to bring novel food production methods to market at scale. Reshaping our food system will require massive change. B&V has the experience and skillsets to unlock the potential of the next generation of food technologies.


Emerging Technologies

NextGen Agriculture is focused on providing solutions for several new emerging technologies. From drones to smart farm apps, AgTech spans a wide variety of diverse solutions. Black & Veatch’s NextGen Ag team focuses on AgTech solutions that allow us to leverage deep knowledge and expertise from parallel industries.

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems


Our oceans are fished at maximum capacity and traditional aquaculture presents numerous environmental concerns. Recirculating aquaculture technologies coupled with B&V’s water industry capabilities provide land-based aquaculture solutions that can be deployed anywhere.

Cell-Based Meat Production Facilities


Cell-based meat production is poised to radically transform the meat industry. The science is quickly advancing in the lab but to bring this industry to life, engineering scale-up and construction of production facilities will be paramount. B&V’s process scale-up expertise from pilot to production is a perfect fit for the cell-based meat industry.

Alternative Animal Feed Industry


Replacing fish meal in aquafeed with alternative ingredients will be imperative to grow a sustainable feed system. This is just one example of new production methods where B&V can apply existing capabilities. B&V has partnered with an alternative animal protein company to bring their innovative technology to life.

Alternative Protein Solutions


Emerging flexitarian consumers are driving the demand for alternatives to animal-based protein. B&V has the capabilities to develop solutions that will enable quick scale-up of the varied technologies. Plant-based meats, alternative egg proteins, insects, bioprocess.

Controlled Environment Agriculture


Consumer emphasis on buying local and improving technology is opening up a new market for controlled environment growing. Whether it’s a hydroponic greenhouse on the rooftop of your local grocery store or a warehouse on the outskirts of town, engineering and building a new urban food system is a challenge B&V is capable of solving.

2019 Strategic Directions: Commercial & Industrial Report

Food and Beverage Leaders Turn to Renewable Energy, Circular Solutions for Cost-Savings


From food safety and regulatory compliance to packaging and supply chain logistics, the food and beverage industry is constantly hunting for solutions that balance profitability and sustainability. With market share increasingly on the line – particularly for large consumer goods companies – food and beverage companies are being squeezed to analyze every cost. According to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Commercial & Industrial Report survey, the industry overall is taking a closer look at energy management.

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Featured NextGen Ag Content

Black & Veatch’s NextGen Ag team is contributing to the conversations around the next generation of food and agricultural technologies. From participating in thought leadership and conferences to sharing insights for the general promotion of the industry, Black & Veatch is committed to ushering in a new sustainable era of food and agricultural production.

  • Close of Business

    A podcast for young professionals in the STEM industries discussing innovations that excite. Episode 16's of the 21st Century Agriculture series features real-world ‘ag-startup’ that is breaking ground in providing infrastructure solutions to rapidly expanding indoor agricultural applications.

  • How NextGen Agriculture Can Feed a Growing World

    Population growth, water shortages, climate change and increasingly infertile land mean sustainable agriculture will be vital to feeding the world in the not-to-distant future. Learn more about solution applications to tackle food production challenges.

  • The Good Food Institute

    GFI is dedicated to accelerating the growth of plant-based meat and clean meat - two promising emerging food technologies. Zack Olson, co-founder of Black & Veatch's NextGen Agriculture business joined leaders from life sciences, chemistry and other companies to discuss how growing the business of clean meat can leverage the knowledge of these parallel industries to accelerate progress.


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