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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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Salinas Ranks in Top 25 Most Desirable Places to Live

This just in – Salinas has ranked No. 22 on U.S. News & World Report’s 25 Most Desirable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2018. The ranking, which examines the quality of life, affordability and job opportunities, is based on a Google Consumer Survey of the most desired places to live out of the...

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THRIVE AgTech Accelerator Now Accepting Applications for 2019

Silicon Valley-based startup accelerator THRIVE Agtech is now accepting applications for its fifth cohort. Ten startups will be selected to participate in the five-month accelerator, which kicks off Spring 2019 and culminates with THRIVE’s Demo Day held at the Forbes AgTech Summit in June 2019. Early stage agtech companies can specialize in a variety of...

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AgTech leader Hartnell College recognized for minority student degrees

This December, Hartnell College will be recognized as one of the nation’s top community colleges in the U.S for degrees awarded to minority students. Of 1,400 community colleges in the U.S., Hartnell College had the ninth-highest percentage (89%) of minority student graduates, according to the “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” report that will be featured...

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National Geographic Ranks Salinas as One of the Happiest Cities in the Nation

Salinas is one of the happiest cities in America, according to a ranking released this week by National Geographic. Salinas ranked alongside cities like Honolulu, Anchorage, Ann Arbor, Boulder and Austin. The report showed a concentration of “happy cities” along California’s Central Coast. National Geographic teamed up with Gallup social scientists and best-selling author Dan Buettner...

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San Francisco Chronicle Features Salinas Valley’s Ag Automation

The “future of farming” has already arrived in the Salinas Valley, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in August–thanks to automated farming practices that are changing the landscape of the ag industry. In her article “Ag-tech: The automated farm,” Chronicle reporter Tara Duggan discusses factors such as food safety that have driven the advancement of ag...

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