January 26, 2021

Register for Innovation in Field Harvest Automation Virtual Event

Join us tomorrow morning (January 27) for “Agri-TechE Missions – Automating Agriculture,” a virtual event that will discuss the latest developments in field harvest automation. The webinar will also focus on exploring the labor, environmental and food safety challenges facing U.S. fruit and vegetable growers and how UK-based technologists can help American farmers tackle these key issues.

The event will feature a labor and harvest automation, where Western Growers (WG) members and stakeholders will speak about previous approaches to adopting new technology, harvest costs, innovation taking place on the farm and more. Additionally, WG Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) Director Dennis Donohue will host a Q&A session with the panelists.

As part of WGCIT’s strategic relationship with Agri-TechE, all WG members can attend the event at no cost by clicking here.


Automating Agriculture: Opportunity for UK Agri-Tech to help US Fruit & Vegetable Growers

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: 7:00 a.m.  – 9:15 a.m. PT

RSVP: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (all WG are complimentary)


7:00 a.m. – Introduction from Alex Dinsdale, Regional Growth Manager, Agri-TechE

7:05 a.m. – Meet the Growers: Labor & Harvest Automation Panel

  • Jeff Morrison will talk about Grimmway Farms’ carrot and mixed vegetable business
  • Josh Ruiz from Church Brothers Farms will describe their previous approaches to adopting new technology
  • Neil Callis will cover Turlock Fruit Company’s challenges around melon and asparagus harvesting
  • Luis de la Garza from Royal Berries will highlight the impact of harvest costs on their strawberry production
  • Drew Ketelsen at HMC Farms will explain the changes the business is making to future-proof its orchard production
  • Ines Hanrahan, Executive Director of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, will share what the latest happenings in apple horticulture and postharvest research

7:55 a.m. – Break

8:05 a.m. – Introduction from Dennis Donohue, WGCIT Director

8:15 a.m. – Growers Q&A with Dennis Donohue

8:45 a.m. – Virtual Speed Networking

9:15 a.m. – Event Close

Please note that this event will be hosted on the platform, Hopin. Once you register, you will receive a join link from [email protected].

For more information, visit the event website here, watch the event teaser video below or contact Dennis Donohue at [email protected].