According to a Dec. 27 report from FarmProgress, ag tech firms LSA Autonomy and Redshield Electronics have merged as Mach. The company has named Colin Hurd as CEO and is backed by private equity firm Midwest Growth Partners.

Some of Midwest Growth Partners' previous investments include Fast Ag Solutions, AGCO dealership Livingston Machinery (now Parallel Ag) and tree nut harvesting equipment manufacturer Jackrabbit.

Hurd was with SmartAg, the inventors of the autonomous grain cart system that was sold to Raven Industries. 

Redshield Electronics' Co-Founder Rhett Schildroth will stay on as the Chief Technology Officer at Mach.

 “We’ll offer solutions more broadly to all of the [original equipment manufacturers] that are in the space,” Hurd told FarmProgress. “Autonomous farming is part of the future. And it’s easy sometimes, I think, for people to miss the fact that a lot of what’s behind an autonomous tractor isn’t made by that OEM.” 

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