Date: Jul 02, 2020

The latest episodes of the Voices of the Valley (VOV) podcast feature two prominent thought leaders who speak about innovation as a solution to coronavirus and where the agtech industry is headed.

Episode 61 of the VOV podcast interviews Rodrigo Nieto Gómez, a geostrategist and defense futurist focused on the consequences of the accelerating pace of change in homeland security and policing environments. He shares how there needs to be a global collective effort by humanity to innovate our way out of coronavirus and goes into detail on how everything from aggressive non-pharmaceutical interventions and regular testing to public health breakthroughs and vaccine deployment play a role in the eradication of the virus. Gomez also touches on how agriculture and the supply chain can adapt in a current and post COVID-19 world.

During episode 62, Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology Director Dennis Donohue interviews Hank Giclas, a leading expert on science & technology in agriculture and former senior vice president, strategic planning, science & technology at Western Growers. Giclas shares his thoughts on ag and agtech industry priorities. He also discusses the type of technology needed in today’s industry and how the WG Center for Innovation & Technology is working toward becoming an increasingly important resource for the future.

To listen to the interviews, you can subscribe to the Voices of the Valley podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.


On Apple:

  • Go to the App Store
  • Search for Apple Podcasts
  • Download the App
  • Open the Apple Podcasts App
  • Search for Voices of the Valley
  • Click the show’s icon
  • Click Subscribe

On Android:

  • Go to Google Play
  • Search for Google Play Music
  • Download the App
  • Open the Google Play Music App
  • Search for Voices of the Valley
  • Click the show’s icon
  • Click Subscribe

Episodes are also available at For questions on the podcast or issues downloading the podcast, contact Stephanie Metzinger at (949) 885-2256.

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