December 14, 2021

Next Gen of Tech-Savvy Ag Workers is Main Focus of AgTechX Ed at Imperial Valley College

Registration for the AgTechX Ed Summit at Imperial Valley College—which will feature panels and activities aimed at developing the future agtech workforce—is now open. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and attendees can register at

AgTechX Ed at Imperial Valley is the second leg of the AgTechX Ed Initiative – a statewide effort, led by Western Growers and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, to cultivate a future workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate emerging on-farm technology. The first summit was held at Reedley College in August.

Throughout the event, Secretary Ross along with numerous WG members, WG Center for Innovation & Technology startups and renowned industry leaders will share insight and guidance on building a tech-savvy workforce. Key activities include the following:

  • Panel: Industry Issues and Skill Identification

Agtech entrepreneurs, global tech experts and farmers will provide guidance on the hard and soft skills needed to thrive in the current workforce.

  • Panel: Education and Workforce Development Strategies

Educators and academics will detail current and future education and workforce development strategies.

  • Panel: Chief Executive Officers

Leadership from companies throughout the region will delve into strategies and tactics for building a sufficient workforce.

  • Fireside Chat with Karen Ross

Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will have an in-depth discussion on how to cultivate homegrown talent through partnerships between government, industry and academia.

  • Reception

A showcase with Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology residents and a chance to visit Secretary Ross and panelists.

Click here to view the full agenda and slate of speakers.


AgTechX Ed at Imperial Valley College

For more information, contact Dennis Donohue at [email protected] or (831) 594-4883.