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July 21, 2022

WGCIT Hosts Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association ELDP Class 11

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology this week hosted the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s ELDP Class 11, giving the group of future ag leaders an overview of the center and WG’s agtech initiatives.

Besides a tour of the WGCIT and a presentation from Dennis Donohue, the Center’s Executive Director, the group went to Taylor Farms’ processing plant/cooler operations in Gonzales, Calif. and visited Tanimura & Antle’s headquarters.

The WGCIT startups that presented their agtech solutions to the class were: Curtis Garner from Verdant Robotics; Tim Mohoney from Carbon Robotics; Johnna Hepner from iFoodDS and Nathan Dorn from Food Origins.

The members of FFVA’s ELDP Class 11 are:

  • Miles Armstrong, TradeMark Nitrogen
  • Jackson Autry, Everglades Equipment
  • Ben Backus, DLF Packing
  • Matt Bardin, Glades Crop Care Inc.
  • Gracelyn Byrd, U.S. Sugar
  • Leo Camelo, HM Clause
  • Jason Chandler, Grimmway Farms
  • Charlie Hurst, PGIM Real Estate
  • Carisa Keller, Alico Inc.
  • Dan Kimble, Harplyn Irrigation
  • Chris Meyer, Corteva Agriscience
  • Jake Rothert, Rothert Farm Inc.
  • Chacen Taylor, Lipman Family Farms
  • John Watson, Fla. Foundation Seed Producers
  • David Wheeler Jr., Wheeler Farms. Inc.

Class 11 was guided on the tour by Director Sonia Tighe; Communications Manager Veronica Figueroa and Director of Labor Jamie Fussell.

Photos from the event can be viewed here on the WGCIT Facebook page.