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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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Three Salinas Resources that Help AgTech Startups Thrive

The Salinas Valley agtech community boasts ample resources to help young entrepreneurs and aspiring industry leaders successfully turn a business idea into a reality. Salinas is among the agtech ecosystems nationwide that has experienced remarkable growth over the past decade. What’s more, a report by capital venture firm Finistere Ventures shows that $6.7 billion was...

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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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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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City of Salinas Releases New Infographic

With an $8 billion agricultural industry and 52+ startups in the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, Salinas is at the forefront of agriculture innovation. The City of Salinas has released a new infographic showcasing the impact of its agriculture industry and how local agtech developments are defining the future of farming.

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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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