After carefully reviewing the flood of applications from start-up companies that are all developing technology to solve agriculture’s most critical issues, Western Growers and S2G Ventures have chosen five finalists to compete in the 2019 AgSharks® Competition on November 12.

The selected startups, who will face off and compete for $250,000 in investment capital and access to farmland to pilot their innovations, are as follows:

Hank Giclas

Learn how innovators are melding different pieces of automation technology together to help agriculture prepare for the future, during the Fourth Annual Open Farm Event on October 23. Open Farm is an annual gathering that brings together the software and farming communities to collaborate on the adoption of new technologies across the food supply chain and to promote a digital transformation within agriculture.

Stephanie Metzinger

Since opening its doors in December 2015, the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) has taken significant steps to accelerate the development of agricultural technologies. The Center currently houses 58 agtech start-up companies, which are supported by 40 generous sponsors.

The Center welcomed more than 10 new startups in 2019 including the following:

Hank Giclas

AgTechx King City will feature a special keynote speech from Craig Wilson, Vice President of Quality Control & Food Safety at Costco Wholesale. Costco’s food safety audit systems, STEC testing of fresh foods, x-ray product inspection, and unique positions on the Global Food Safety Initiative and the global regulatory environment is well known industry wide.

Hank Giclas

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