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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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    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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    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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    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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    Los Angeles Times: AgTech in the Salinas Valley brings new life (and hope) to California’s farms

    Companies from Salinas and the surrounding region are using technology and robotic machines to tackle the labor shortage problem that faces the agriculture industry, the Los Angeles Times reported last week. Reporter Geoffrey Mohan explores how major growers in the Salinas area like Driscoll’s, Tanimura & Antle and Taylor Farms are developing high-tech machines that...

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    Forbes Agtech Summit in Salinas California
    What You Should Know About Salinas’ Third Annual Forbes Agtech Summit

    For the third straight year, Salinas will play host to some of the brightest minds in the agtech industry for the 2017 Forbes Agtech Summit. The event will take place in downtown Salinas, California on June 28 and 29. Forbes calls the event “a fully immersive experience into the burgeoning world of agricultural technology,” featuring...

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    Salinas featured in WIRED as home to “The Future of Farming”

    Salinas, California is creating a global model for the integration of artificial intelligence and automation into the world of agriculture, WIRED reported yesterday. As American farms struggle with labor shortages, reporter Matt Simon describes how companies such as Taylor Farms and Hahn Family Wines are using sophisticated robots and sensors not only to make harvesting...

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    Western Growers Center
    Western Growers Nurtures AgTech Startups in Salinas

    From droughts and worker shortages to food safety, the agriculture industry faces an increasing number of challenges on a daily basis. In Salinas, the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) is dedicated to solving these challenges and more, by supporting agtech entrepreneurs and facilitating relationships between the technology and agriculture worlds. Western Growers...

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