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April 12, 2018

WG Brings AgTech Innovation to Growers in Central Valley

As part of Western Growers’ efforts to bring innovative technologies directly to growers, the WG Center for Innovation & Technology is hosting “Innovation in the Central Valley” on May 8, 2018.

Innovation in the Central Valley will feature educational forums and robust networking opportunities while showcasing cutting-edge innovations for the agricultural community. It will also include two engaging keynote addresses from Michael Harries of The Robotics Hub and Andra Keay of Silicon Valley Robotics.

Activities and highlights include:

  • Showcase of AgTech Startups/Technologies
  • Panels on Central Valley Ag Challenges; Automation; and Farm Data
  • Pitch Session from AgTech Startups
  • Networking
  • Dinner with Keynote Speakers on Robotics

The event will also include R&D tours in the morning [invite only] and an education portion for students in the early afternoon. The educational session will feature a “Student AgSharks Competition,” where students from local youth organizations will hear pitches from agtech startups and team with venture capitalists to provide feedback.

Innovation in the Central Valley is part of the WG Center for Innovation & Technology’s key focus to bring agtech to your backyard. In February, WGCIT hosted “Innovation in the Imperial Valley” that brought growers in the Imperial Valley, researchers, technologists and entrepreneurs together for riveting discussions about future farming technology. A recap of the event can be found here.


Innovation in the Central Valley
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm PST
Location: Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (9240 S Riverbend Ave, Parlier, CA 93648)

The event is sponsored by Reedley College, California Community Colleges, Netafim and University of California – Agriculture and Natural Resources. For questions, please contact Dennis Donohue at (831) 594-4883.