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New VofV Podcast Episode – Are Farm Robots Making a Dent in the Agriculture Labor Gap?

Posted on March 09, 2022 12:55 PM by WGCIT

As the labor shortage in agriculture worsens and farmers struggle to get their crops harvested, are today’s harvest robots making a dent in the ag labor gap? Listen as Western Growers VP of Innovation Walt Duflock discusses the progress on automation around harvest (helping out in the field) and automation to harvest (actual harvest robots) in the newest Voices of the Valley Podcast episode.

Walt, who has played a key role in building the agtech industry to what it is today, touches on how best to bridge the gap between the ag and tech worlds to advance the farming industry. During the interview, he speaks about tactics to speed up automation (like making plug-and-play robot parts widely available). He also takes a deep dive into how best to create a four-year and two-year university model that graduates students who are equipped to both build effective tech AND navigate the tech on the farm.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO WALT’S EPISODE. Also, listeners can subscribe to the Voices of the Valley podcast and hear all episodes in several ways:

To download the Global Harvest Automation Report that Walt mentions in the interview and learn about the current state of harvest innovation and automation, click here.

The Voices of the Valley Podcast is hosted by Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology. To learn more about the Voices of the Valley podcast or to be featured as a guest, contact Dennis Donohue at ddonohue@wga.com.