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Fast Company Features WGCIT Startup Resident FarmWise

This month, Fast Company touted agtech startup FarmWise – a resident at Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) – and its weedkilling robots that are helping save farmers billions of dollars in an article, “These giant robots are death machines for weeds.” In the article, Fast Company writer Adele Peters explores how FarmWise’s...

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Digital Journal Touts AgTech Innovation in Salinas Valley

Digital Journal last week highlighted agtech innovation in the Salinas Valley in an article titled, “Salinas, CA: Where startups are innovating in AgTech.” In his article, Digital Journal reporter Tim Sandle talks about how startups and major growers alike are working to solve agriculture issues related to production, transparency and safety by testing and advancing new technologies...

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Hartnell College Hosts Sixth Annual Salinas Valley AgTech Summit March 26-27

On March 26 and March 27, Hartnell College will host its sixth annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit on the Hartnell College Main Campus in Salinas. The year’s event will be hosted by the Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest...

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Food & Ag Industry Leaders Convene for THRIVE Innovation Summit March 27

On Wednesday, March 27, THRIVE will host its annual Innovation Summit at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. The Innovation Summit will include an Innovation Showcase featuring THRIVE Top 50 startups, THRIVE Accelerator companies and alumni, as well as panels and discussions with Fortune 500 food and agriculture corporations surrounding topics such as blockchain,...

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Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology Launches “Voices of the Valley”

Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) recently launched a new podcast, “Voices of the Valley.”  The podcast features key insight from leaders within the agriculture technology sector and explores the latest challenges and developments in agtech innovation. Recent episodes include interviews with two resident companies at WGCIT, Kevin France of SWIIM Systems and Patrick...

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Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology Celebrates Three-Year Milestone

Salinas-based Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) this month celebrated its three-year anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, WGCIT leaders hosted an exclusive event that included a fireside chat surrounding the state of the agricultural industry, and the unveiling of the following new initiatives: Grower Trial Network: A select group of WG members that...

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CNBC Features Bear Flag Robotics

CNBC recently produced a broadcast segment on Bear Flag Robotics, an autonomous tractor company with a presence in Salinas’ Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT). The story highlights Bear Flag Robotics’ race to get the first self-driving tractor on the commercial market before larger corporations do. Visual demonstrations showcase the impressive machines plowing...

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Western Growers Partners With Agritech New Zealand to Connect Global AgTech Markets

IRVINE, Calif., (August 30, 2018) — Western Growers (WG) has formalized a new strategic partnership with Agritech New Zealand to strengthen, share and accelerate the development of agricultural technologies, as well as help businesses in both countries access U.S. and New Zealand agriculture markets. “We are currently facing a myriad of issues that are severely impacting...

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CNBC Features Salinas-based Companies in New Broadcast

CNBC recently featured local agtech startups and their work with large farming corporations in a broadcast segment titled “How robots are changing the farming industry.” Opening with Salinas Valley-based Driscoll’s – the world’s largest berry distributor in the world – the video highlights the company’s use of automated berry pickers and how the technology has helped...

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