The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology hosted Turlock Fruit Company General Manager Neill Callis and HMC Farms Vice President Drew Ketelsen to speak about their experience as growers in the Central Valley.

Almost 30 startups attended the event, where the duo shared insights into their growing region and talked about the importance of automation. In particular, they discussed how their operations were open to innovation but with the ongoing labor crisis, the farms remain limited on time and staff to work on integrating new technology.

Ann Donahue

For Jack Vessey, President of Imperial Valley-based Vessey & Co., one fact of desert agriculture never changes: You have to do more with less. “We have to be proactive with trying things,” he said in this week's episode of the Voices of the Valley podcast, noting that the pressures of labor, irrigation and crop protection lead him to always explore new technologies in his operations.

Ann Donahue

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is holding three public workshops to collect feedback and provide an update on the development of the statewide pesticide application system. The workshops will be held on Nov. 7, Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, 2022.

The workshops are scheduled at the following times and locations; registration is not required to attend:

Matthew Allen


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