The dates for the second annual FIRA USA event have been set for Sept. 19-21, 2023 in Salinas, Calif.

Mark calendars and set travel plans, as last year’s event demonstrated why this is an event that’s not to be missed. More than 900 people went to the Fresno event in October 2022 and attended panels, saw developments in agtech, interacted with other attendees and witnessed cutting-edge equipment in action in the field.

The 2023 FIRA USA event is slated to carry on the establishing tradition of dynamic panels and engaging demonstrations set by the 2022 event.

Kara Timmins

Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-techE, joins Dennis Donohue and Candace Wilson on this week’s Voices of the Valley to share her knowledge about the many ways science works with growers to adapt and respond to environmental and political changes.

Clarke describes the work that Agri-techE does as creating “an innovation ecosystem for agtech bringing together growers and farmers, technology developers and researchers.”

Kara Timmins

Civil Eats put out an interesting Op-Ed on January 23 entitled “Want an Agtech Revolution? Center Farm Workers’ Expertise. It’s primary narratives are: (1) Agtech robots are coming to take all the farmworker jobs; (2) Agtech startups are targeting farmworkers for replacement and will eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across rural America; and (3) farmworkers should be part of the discussion process around AgTech innovation.

Walt Duflock


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