June 28-29, 2017, Salinas Valley
Speakers include Janet Napolitano, President of University of California, Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Media; Mike Teel, Owner & Chief Executive Officer of Raley’s; Bruce Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Taylor Farms; Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development of DuPont Pioneer; and Robert T. Fraley, Ph.D., Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto, among many others
SALINAS, CA (May 17, 2017) – Forbes announced today its 2017 Forbes AgTech Summit. This two-day, invitation-only event on June 28-29, 2017, in Salinas Valley, California, will bring together more than 600 of the most entrepreneurial minds in global agriculture with those from the Silicon Valley to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges. Held once again right in the heart of the Salinas Valley, the third Forbes AgTech Summit provides participants with a fully immersive experience into the burgeoning world of agricultural technology, from tours of state-of-the art processing plants to hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge, in-field technologies. The summit is designed to foster an energetic debate and generate rich networking opportunities while showcasing the latest innovation for farmers, investors and stakeholders of the global agricultural ecosystem.
“We’re convening over 600 of agriculture’s leading voices to debate, discuss, showcase and collaborate on innovative, near-term solutions to the most daunting challenges facing global agriculture,” said Paul Noglows, executive director, Development, ForbesLive, Forbes Media and executive producer of the Forbes AgTech Summit. “We can think of no better place to do that than historic Main Street Salinas—the epicenter of global agtech innovation, where Salinas and Silicon Valley meet.”
The Forbes AgTech Summit will kick off on Wednesday, June 28, with exclusive tours for 150 of the participants, who will visit Taylor Farms’ state-of-the-art processing plant, Grupo Flor’s cutting-edge cannabis cultivation facility and the grower owned processing plant of True Leaf Farms. The tours will conclude with a series of Field Demos at Hartnell College’s Alisal Campus. The Innovation Showcase and the Plenary Sessions will follow under the summit’s signature white tents on Main Street Salinas, where Janet Napolitano will present the opening keynote. The Innovation Showcase continues to expand and will feature 50 innovative agtech startups offering a wide variety of solutions to the challenges of achieving higher crop yields and less food wastage. Showcase presenters include Arable, California Safe Soil, Cool Planet, Harvest CROO Robotics, HeavyConnect, HydroGrow, Lumigrow and SWIIM.
“Participating in the Forbes AgTech Summit exposed HeavyConnect to a wider spectrum of AgTech stakeholders and led to dozens of follow-on discussions after the event with industry leaders looking to leverage the HeavyConnect platform in their operations,” said Patrick Zelaya, Founder of HeavyConnect Inc. “Our inclusion in the summit’s Innovation Showcase and the Field Demos definitely raised our profile and very much helped bring us to the attention of 500 Startups.”
“As an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator, we’re excited to be participating in this year’s summit so we can continue investing in the world’s best agtech startups,” said Tristan Pollock, Venture Partner, 500 Startups. “Some in Silicon Valley may think this industry is unsexy, but that’s exactly why we like it. It’s feeding the future, and farming innovation is desperately needed in the U.S. and around the world as the population grows.” Zelaya and Pollock will be featured in conversations on the afternoon of June 28 at the opening of the Innovation Showcase.
Starting on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 28 and continuing through Thursday, June 29, the plenary sessions will encourage dynamic discussions around such topics as drought solutions, future of food production, rise of organics, robotic tech in the field, labor and the farmer of tomorrow.
“The Forbes AgTech Summit has helped Taylor Farms accelerate our discovery and implementation of new technologies in farming, harvesting and fresh-food-processing operations,” said Bruce Taylor, founder and CEO of Taylor Farms.
The City of Salinas is the host partner. DuPont Pioneer is a presenting sponsor. Partner sponsors include Bayer, Hyliion, Land O’Lakes, Inc. and Monsanto. Supporting sponsors include Intel, Wells Fargo and Western Growers. Salinas Business Leaders include Taylor Farms, Driscoll’s, Grupo Flor, Hartnell College and Yamaha. The official wine partner is Scheid Family Wines. The official travel partner is Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Mixing Bowl and Organic Produce Network are program partners. AG/SUM is a media partner. The founding partner of the Forbes AgTech Summit is SVG Partners and its Thrive Accelerator.
For more information, please visit https://www.forbes.com/forbes-live/event/agtech-summit
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About Forbes Media
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About the City of Salinas
One of the leading producers of fresh produce in the nation, and located just a short drive from Silicon Valley, the Salinas region is home to some of the most pioneering agricultural firms in the world. As the global demand for food increases while resources become scarcer, Salinas is building for the future by creating an AgTech ecosystem. It’s an investment in the infrastructure, workforce, and networks that will help AgTech startups thrive, and it’s making Salinas an AgTech hub for the nation and the world.
About DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.
Hyliion is engineering a revolution in the trucking industry with the introduction of the Hyliion Intelligent Hybrid-Electric Drive Axle which delivers up to 30% fuel and emissions savings to heavy-duty tractor trailers. This patent-pending technology has won accolades from the U.S. Department of Energy, Wells Fargo, Shell Technology Ventures and NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future. Hyliion brings instant hybrid efficiency and positive ROI to both new and existing tractor trailers.
About Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2016 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O’Lakes ranks 215 on the Fortune 500. Started in 1921, Land O’Lakes today operates LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition WinField® United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAINTM. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.
Monsanto is a leading global agriculture company committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more, visit www.Monsanto.com.
You may know us for our processors, but we do so much more. Intel invents at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business and society, and for every person on Earth. Harnessing the capability of the cloud, the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, and the promise of always-on 5G connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges.
About Wells Fargo
As the leading agricultural lender across commercial banks, Wells Fargo places special focus on the Food and Agribusiness industry, and has supported the industry for more than 160 years. We offer specialized financing for all areas of Food and Agribusiness, including: input, supply, production, processing, and wholesale distribution. In addition, Wells Fargo offers a breadth of financial solutions to AgTech-focused companies that are developing enabling technologies to increase efficiency, productivity, and regulatory compliance for the industry.
About Western Growers
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce. Serving more than 2,500 members, we provide advocacy in state and federal government, affordable health benefits, international trade support, transportation solutions, legal and human resources guidance and more.
About Taylor Farms
Taylor Farms is North America’s favorite maker of salads and healthy fresh foods. Taylor Farms partners with over 200 independent family farms to provide the finest quality ingredients for our products.
Driscoll’s is the global market leader of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll’s is passionate about growing great tasting berries. Driscoll’s exclusive, patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – no GMOs. Driscoll’s is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.
About Grupo Flor
The Grupo Flor family of cannabis companies is shaping the future of the market, by inviting visionary entrepreneurs to participate in all aspects of the cannabis industry. They have developed a vast ecosystem of private equity, real estate leasing, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, equipment financing and retail operations, providing necessary resources throughout California’s regulated market. In one of the world’s most productive agricultural areas, Grupo Flor and their partners control over 2,600,000 square feet of properties and operations, leading the local development of this dynamic and growing industry.
About Hartnell College
Hartnell College was established in 1920 and serves 17,000 students annually at main campus, East Salinas, as well as King City and other learning centers. A Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training and basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Recognized for its public and private partnerships that support STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. Proud winners of Innovation Award. We are growing leaders: Opportunity. Engagement. Achievement. www.hartnell.edu.
About Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley
Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV) is the venture capital and strategic business-development arm of Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., a global manufacturer of motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and other motorized products. YMVSV specializes in the fields of autonomous and connected vehicle, robotics and industrial automation, the Internet of Things, precision agriculture and personal mobility.
About Monterey County
Monterey County is the West Coast’s most inspirational destination for events and conferences. With its variety of unique event spaces, surrounding scenic beauty, farm-to-table cuisine and endless year-round activities, it presents options for every group’s size and budget. It is easily accessible via one of more than 500 direct and 1-stop flights into the Monterey Regional Airport, and the San Jose and San Francisco airports are a short drive away. Visit MeetInMonterey.com for more information.
About The Mixing Bowl
First conceived in 2013 in Silicon Valley, The Mixing Bowl stimulates the adoption of IT innovation in the food and agriculture industries through business-focused dialogue between existing industry players, start¬ups, investors, and other food innovators.
It aims to foster strong bonds between the IT innovation ecosystem and the Food & Ag sectors, as well as develop strong ties between Food & Ag innovation hubs within California, across the US, and throughout the globe. It also produces high-profile industry gatherings such as FOOD IT and The Forbes Mixing Bowl NYC.
About SVG Partners & Thrive Accelerator
SVG Partners is an investment, technology and advisory firm that partners with organizations on strategy, innovation and global expansion. Since 2007, SVG’s experience team of senior technology leaders and venture capital investors have worked with global corporations and scaling companies to drive competitive advantage from strategy to implementation. Through its accelerator and open Innovation programs, engineering and development services, and executive strategy and advisory, SVG Partners helps build and scale innovative technology companies worldwide. SVG Partners is based in Silicon Valley, CA. www.svgpartners.com. SVG is the founding partner of the Forbes AgTech Summit.
Thrive Accelerator, launched by SVG Partners in July 2014, is a highly selective mentorship and investment program for agriculture technology startups. THRIVE AgTech’s mission is to connect the expertise of tech companies to on-the-ground knowledge of agricultural companies, the financial backing of investors, and entrepreneurs solving problems in the AgTech space. This year, 10 finalists will participate in an 8-week accelerator in Salinas and Silicon Valleys for mentorship, direct access to the top fresh agriculture companies in the world, and a $50k initial investment. www.thriveagtech.com
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