Five start-up companies will be pitching their cutting-edge agricultural technologies to a panel of farmers, venture capitalists and a live audience for a chance to win a minimum of $250,000 in investment capital during Western Growers AgSharks™ Competition on Tuesday, October 30. Each startup, who is inventing technology to solve agriculture’s most dire issues, will also be competing for exclusive access to farm acreage to pilot their innovations.

The following are the five start-up companies who have been selected to pitch during the 2018 AgSharks Competition:

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AgVoice is the world's first voice-to-text start-up company that allows ag professionals the freedom to work hands-free while on-the-go. The startup will be hosting a Tech Talk on October 17, 2018, to share how farmers can use the voice-to-text technology to improve productivity and workflow management, increase documentation accuracy and gain valuable insights to optimize the use of resources in production.

Hank Giclas

With California on course to increase minimum wage to $15 by 2022, labor-saving technologies were top of mind during Western Growers AgTechx – Delano Summit on Tuesday.

“Those of us who use a lot of hand process and human-dictated procedures are going to be increasingly replaced by the guys who get an automated solution first,” said John Pandol of Pandol Brothers during the event. “Because they will be [operating] cheaper. They will be better. That’s where we might lose out, and that’s where the urgency comes from.”

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