Center for Innovation & Technology

Where agriculture meets technology

The Agriculture Industry
Has Never Faced So Many Challenges

Never before have farmers faced such intensive regulatory and marketplace demands even as key resources,
such as water, become scarcer.

Water Supply & Use
Growing More with Less

California has experienced some of the driest years on record which spurred a call for water conservation. How can we conserve water and still yield the number of crops need to feed the world?

Water Quality
Ensuring Safety

With a dwindling water supply, we need to ensure the quality and safety of the water being used. What technologies will help monitor the compliance of water quality?

Inadequate Labor Supply
Man vs. Robot

American farmers are facing a shortage of workers needed to harvest their crops. Will immigration reform be the answer to this problem or will robotic harvesting technologies be the future?

Crop Protection
Great Expectations

The public’s changing expectations around the use of crop protection tools opens the door for new solutions. How can we effectively protect our crops and meet expectations?

Get to know more about Western Growers Association and how you can influence the future of agriculture.

Feeding The World
with fewer resources


To help our members do more with less, Western Growers launched the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas, CA. The Center was created to help identify industry priorities, discover technologies to address those priorities, set up testing, facilitate industry feedback and communicate progress to California, Arizona and Colorado fresh produce farmers.

Meet some of our Innovators

And learn more about the technologies they are developing to improve the future of ag.

Kevin France
SWIIM

The SWIIM® System is a software suite and technology system designed to enhance a farm’s operation, and conserve applied agricultural water, while actually increasing the overall potential income to a farming operation. Our patent-pending process allows farmers to help plan, monitor and verify their crop and water use.

Chris Terrell
Wexus Technologies

Wexus Technologies, Inc. focuses on optimizing energy, water and food resources while meeting the needs of a growing population. By accessing smart meter technology, the Wexus software platform makes the most complicated utility data simple, usable and actionable to empower growers to save money, time, energy and water.

Poornima Parameswaran
Trace Genomics

Delivering a soil-borne pathogen diagnostic test, the first of its kind based on genomics technology. Trace Genomics is full-stack, and includes proprietary molecular biology, bioinformatics and advanced data analytics pipelines.

36

Seats

21

Startups

16

Sponsors

8

Scheduled Events

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

Shake it Up
Make the world a better place

Your innovative thinking + Our Industry leaders = big change

Meet WGA Members
There’s almost 1,000 companies

You’ll engage with companies growing fresh produce in California, Arizona and Colorado.

Monthly seminars
Learn all Facets of the Industry

Understand market intelligence, business planning, intellectual property and anything else that might help you grow your ideas.

Network
Regularly scheduled events

It’s good to know people and for people to know you. We’ll provide plenty of opportunities to connect with the right folks.

Present your ideas
Share your creative intelligence

Industry professionals will share impactful feedback to help guide you.

Connect
Conjure Up things

Hob-nob with other companies in the AgTech space for collaboration. It’s a special niche and you’ll be right in the heart of it.

Training and mentorship
Consider it a growth opportunity

Leaders in agriculture and technology will dedicate time to your betterment.

Thank You
To Our Generous Sponsors

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities available, contact us below.

Please visit our collaborative partners over at the Thrive Accelerator to learn more about how you can help shape the future of Food and Agriculture.

831.272.0661

info@wginnovation.com

150 Main Street, Suite 130, Salinas CA

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