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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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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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Salinas to Host Fourth-Annual Forbes AgTech Summit

The Forbes AgTech Summit will return to Salinas for its fourth year on June 26-28, 2018. This annual event brings together 600+ industry experts and entrepreneurs from across the globe who are tackling some of today’s biggest agricultural challenges through innovation and technology.  

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THRIVE Innovation Showcase and Seed Camp Reception

The 10 startups that comprise THRIVE’s 2018 accelerator cohort will be showcased next Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Old Salinas Firehouse. In addition to these startups, THRIVE alumni and corporate partners will be available for networking.    

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Hartnell College
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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