Register today for the Virtual AgTechX/Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit on March 18-19, where leaders in agriculture, technology and academia will share how to best harness emerging technology and emerging markets. This year’s summit, which is co-hosted by Western Growers and Hartnell College, will be free of charge and presented via Zoom. Register at https://www.salinasvalleyagtechsummit.com/.
The summit will kick off with a President’s Reception on March 18 at 5 p.m. PT, with opening remarks from Hartnell College President Raúl Rodríguez immediately followed by a Fireside Chat between Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Dennis Donohue, director of the WG Center for Innovation & Technology.
The full-day program on March 19 will include the following back-to-back panels:
- “The Importance of Education for Tomorrow’s Workforce” Keynote Fireside Chat: A Central Coast panel made up of Tom Nunes a fourth-generation farmer and president of the Nunes Company; John D’Arrigo, president, CEO and chairman of D’Arrigo Bros.; and Miles Reiter, CEO and chairman of Driscoll’s. The moderator will be Brie Reiter Smith, director of Driscoll’s quality systems design, supply chain.
- AgTech Players on Key Issues: A wide-ranging discussion featuring Leon Brish, co-founder and CEO of FarmDog; Mariana Valdez, soil science manager for Ag-Wise Enterprises Inc.; and Sebastien Boyer, co-founder and CEO of FarmWise.
- Education and Ag Technology: A discussion on workforce challenges and the critical role of education by Dr. Peter Livingston, head of the BioResource & Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Chris Kitts, director of the Robotic Systems Laboratory and associate dean of research and faculty development for the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University; and Clint Cowden, Hartnell’s dean of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development.