In an era of diminishing natural and human resources and growing regulatory and marketplace demands, the future of agriculture depends on technology. The Center will serve as a hub for the accelerated development and rapid deployment of innovative solutions to help farmers feed more people with fewer inputs.
Tom Nassif, Western Growers
The fresh produce industry is labor intensive and requires significant use of water and other inputs. If we are going to continue providing safe and healthy food to a growing population, we must collaborate more closely with the innovators and entrepreneurs who can help us revolutionize how we farm.
Bruce Taylor, Taylor Farms
We have this huge need for innovation to set us forward and propel the entire industry. We aren’t getting it done individually. This initiative is tremendous and bold, particularly because we are doing it in a cooperative and collaborative manner.
Vic Smith, JV Smith Companies
As we work to ensure that the California agricultural sector remains vital, the Center will help us drive greater precision and optimization into specialty crop farming. Winning technologies will help to increase output, reduce consumptive use and environmental footprints and ensure growers are profitable into the future.
Hank Giclas, Western Growers
Western Growers is held in such high regard in the industry, and we appreciate how dedicated members are to helping prepare these startups for the opportunities and possible challenges they will face in the marketplace.
Chris Boody, SVG Partners
The Royse Law Firm congratulates Western Growers for its leadership in promoting technological advancement in the fresh produce industry. Hopefully, WGCIT will be a model for others to use in dealing with the problem of feeding the world.
Roger Royse, Royse Law Firm
Innovation and technology will significantly assist our industry as we continue providing a safe and nutritious food supply while facing population growth and the increased demand on our precious natural resources.
Paul McFadden, Toro Micro-Irrigation
Innovative solutions, with a focus on smart sustainability to produce more food in even more efficient ways, will be key drivers to meeting the challenges facing specialty crop growers here in California, Arizona and Colorado
Nasser Dean, Bayer CropScience