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April 28, 2022

USDA Visits WGCIT to Learn About Agtech Innovation

On April 26, 14 representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology in Salinas, Calif.

Among those who toured the facility to meet with the startups was Bill Richmond, Chief of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program for the USDA and Robin Chilton, Director, Standards Division of the USDA’s Specialty Crops Program.

The group met with WGCIT member Solare Holdings about their hemp program and the USDA requirements for hemp. In addition, the group me with the following WGCIT startups:

  • Heavy Connect
  • AgTools
  • Clean Works
  • Hummingbird
  • Ganaz
  • Food Origins

More information and photos from the visit can be found on the WGCIT Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wgcit/