Five years ago, Western Growers launched its Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT), housed in the Taylor Farms building in downtown Salinas. WGCIT brings together the ag industry and firms operating in the technology space to actively work on some of agriculture’s most vexing problems.
Below is an update from some of the startups housed in the WGCIT:
Agtools was invited to participate on the UN 2021 Food Systems Summit to assist in developing strategies for improving the world’s food systems by the year 2030 in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation. They applied for the first set of patents on supply chain with Panasonic/Ideaship guidance and published the first case usage of Agtools with Microsoft on the flow of blueberries across 12 countries. Recently, they also won a spot on the Illinois AgTech Accelerator at the University of Illinois.
All American Drilling and Pump Service
All American Drilling and Pump Service is a full service one-stop shop for growers, municipalities and commercial customers. They specialize in well drilling, well monitoring, well treatment, retrofitting pumping plants, automating pumps and valves and variable frequency drives. The goal is to help growers and clients establish the most efficient water delivery system for their operation. They specialize in remote wireless well monitoring to avoid costly repairs and shutdowns by first identifying the issue or problem. With their certified electricians, welders and machinists, there is never any waiting around on sub-contractors. They have over 100 years’ combined experience in the drilling and pumping of water in Central and Southern California. Visit them at: www.allamericandrillinginc.com.
iFoodDS is a vocal advocate in Washington D.C. for the advancement of continuous food safety and quality improvements on the farm, in processing facilities and throughout the supply chain. Its recent efforts include meetings between its founder, Diane Wetherington, and top agricultural policy leaders on Capitol Hill, including U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), the panel’s second-ranking minority member. The discussions focused on the intersection of food production and technology, and how it aligns with some of the priorities being undertaken currently on Capitol Hill, as well as the role food security plays in national security matters. iFoodDS is also backing the efforts of U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) to include legislative language in this year’s Food and Drug Administration appropriations bill that would further encourage coordination and communication among growers, food safety organizations, and the federal government with respect to food traceability. Also notable is iFoodDS’ support for President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14017 on America’s supply chains. iFoodDS submitted comments to the USDA and the Federal Registrar to advocate for strengthening the country’s food supply chain, and for the companies that grow, harvest, manufacture, transport and sell the nation’s food. Read more about its legislative efforts on its blog: https://www.ifoodds.com/knowledge-center/blog/.
Insero Ag Engineering has announced new integrations for its ground and aviation products. AgOtter, its ground controller offering, has now partnered with Conservis, a web-based farm management system helping create a seamless workflow from field to office. Conservis users can now create work orders that automatically move to an AgOtter unit, populating the spray controller to the appropriate spray rate for that application. With job completion, the applied data returns to Conservis for inventory and compliance reporting purposes within the system. This collaboration ensures the application was done correctly with minimal operator input. AgPilotX, the first and only app-based wireless guidance system for aerial applicators, has integrated with AgSync to automatically roll data from work order to the pilot and straight to the invoice once the job is complete. This limits the human workload and lets the pilot focus on flying. Learn more at www.inserosolution.com.
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