July 7, 2015

Forbes’ AgTech Summit Being Held This Week in Salinas

Agriculture meets Silicon Valley this week when the Forbes’ Reinventing America AgTech Summit convenes in Salinas. Western Growers is proud to be a strategic partner with Forbes on this event. The summit is part of a major initiative by Western Growers to speed innovation that solves problems for our members.  We have made a major investment of time, talent and financial resources to find, fund and promote technology that will feed more people with fewer inputs while enhancing our stewardship of natural resources.   

The event kicks off tomorrow afternoon with a reception and “Innovation Showcase.” Thursday’s plenary sessions will take place on historic Main Street in Salinas and will feature a host of speakers, including Steve Forbes, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif, Bruce Taylor of Taylor Farms, Kevin Murphy of Driscoll Strawberry Associates, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, John Hartnett of SVG Partners, and many others.

For the past three years, Forbes magazine’s Reinventing America series has been covering the innovation and disruption taking place in diverse industries across America’s industrial heartland, from logistics and transportation to energy and manufacturing.  Following the success of the inaugural “Forbes Reinventing America Summit,” which took place in Chicago in March 2014, Forbes is creating a series of summits that are bringing to life the “Reinventing America” conversation around key verticals, such as AgTech, Energy, Innovation, Manufacturing and Workforce.