Sound Agriculture

Sound Agriculture is a leading agtech company on a mission to create on-demand crop solutions that lead to more sustainable, healthier, and tastier food.

Sound Agriculture merges modern scientific knowledge with the needs of today’s growers to provide tools that allow them to succeed in this rapidly changing world.

Sound Agriculture was founded in 2012 by Eric Davidson and Travis Bayer. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with an office in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Sound Agriculture's flagship product, SOURCE activates the soil microbiome via a biochemistry foliar spray. SOURCE signals to microbes that already exist in the soil to increase nitrogen fixation and phosphorus solubilization, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizer in corn by up to 50 lbs per acre while maintaining or improving yields.


Sound's SOURCE® is now being used on more than one million U.S. acres. Sound's On-Demand Breeding business uses epigenetics to breed novel plant traits 10x faster than traditional methods at a fraction of the cost, and without changing the plant's DNA. 


Sound has signed partnerships with over a dozen leading food and agriculture companies to improve flavor, reduce spoilage, increase yield and enhance nutrition in a variety of crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes, yellow peas and tomatoes.


Sound Agriculture is backed by Leaps by Bayer, BMO Impact Investment Fund, Syngenta Group Ventures, S2G Ventures, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Cultivian Sandbox, FootPrint Coalition, Northpond Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Cavallo Ventures, and others. The company raised $75M in a Series D round on Dec 07, 2022. This brings Sound Agriculture's total funding to $170.4M to date.



  • Year founded: 2012
  • Funding Info: $170.4M over 6 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series D)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 51-200
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Emeryville
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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