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International AgTech Companies Find New Home in Salinas

The reputation of Salinas and the WGCIT in agtech is drawing both domestic and international experts and entrepreneurs, leading to more innovations for agriculture in the “Salad Bowl of the World.” International companies establishing a presence in Salinas include Ireland-based agtech startup ApisProtect, which in fall 2018 announced plans to open its first U.S. office...

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Innovative Women in Agtech Play Pivotal Role in Salinas Valley

While agriculture and technology are two sectors that remain male dominated, especially at the decision-making level, the reality is that a need for talent and the demographics of the 21st century workforce are morphing into one that is diverse. And, there is indeed much opportunity right here in the Salinas Valley for the younger generation...

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D’Arrigo California Keeping it GREEN by Harvesting the Sun’s Power

D’Arrigo California has found that “growing green and going green” has numerous health, social and economic benefits. As the premier grower, packer and shipper of quality fruit and vegetables under the Andy Boy label the company takes pride in providing delicious and nutritious conventional and organic commodities year-round. The 3rd generation family farming company values...

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From Robots to ‘Water Knives’ – Salinas Agriculture Companies Embracing AgTech

  Drones hovering above fields, blades of water cutting through lettuce and robots weeding with impressive accuracy are just a few innovations you might see on a trip to the great farms of the Salinas Valley. In total, the region boasts an $8 billion agriculture industry, so it is no surprise Salinas companies are at...

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Salinas Education Programs Shaping AgTech Innovators of Tomorrow

  As agtech becomes more sophisticated and demand for technologies increases, educators in Salinas are thinking ahead to the future workforce. Just 60 miles south of the Silicon Valley, students in Salinas are developing skills in coding, engineering and science through a variety of programs. Through this education, students will be eligible for future job...

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Four Tech Trends Salinas AgTech Startups are Getting Behind

  As the global population continues to increase, statistics show that growers will need to produce 70% more food by 2050 than what is currently being produced. That combined with the pressing effects of climate change and labor shortages means farmers and entrepreneurs are working hard to identify solutions for these problems through innovative, new...

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Young Farmers Find Opportunities in Salinas

A surprising trend is emerging in one of America’s oldest industries: there is a growing number of millennials who are leaving their corporate jobs to become farmers. For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census...

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Hahn Family Wines Brings IoT to the Farm with Verizon AgTech Partnership

Startups aren’t the only companies making advancements in agtech in Salinas—many major growers in the region are investing in innovative programs and technologies that are making their farms smarter, more efficient and more productive. One of these companies is Hahn Family Wines, a Salinas Valley staple that’s been selling wines from its estate vineyards since...

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Taylor Farms’ New Sustainability Systems Offset Energy Use by 90 Percent

In an agriculture industry that’s heavily dependent on fossil fuels, Salinas-based Taylor Farms is making national headlines for its radical steps toward clean energy. In an effort to shrink its environmental footprint and promote sustainability in agriculture, Taylor Farms recently completed a makeover of its energy ecosystems and is now using wind, solar and co-generation...

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