February 2017 WG Insider: Joe Pezzini, CEO of Ocean Mist Farms

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on February 22, 2017 02:42 PM

The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology welcomed another interesting produce leader for February’s WG Insider resident presentation. On February 21, 2017, Joe Pezzini, CEO of Ocean Mist Farms, spoke to eighteen resident startups about Food Safety, the LGMA, and the direction of...

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February's Smart Start: Indoor Farming

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on February 16, 2017 12:10 PM

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology’s Smart Start for February focused on indoor farming. Darryn Keiller, CEO and a shareholder of Autogrow in New Zealand, was in the United States meeting with investors; Darryn was kind enough to schedule some time to visit the WGCIT and speak...

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Save the Date! Future Events and Programming for Startups

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on January 23, 2017 02:14 PM

One of the Center’s achievements in its first year was developing a strong programming of regular classes, workshops and networking opportunities to help startups bring their technology from development to production. Keeping with the momentum, below are the upcoming events—all being held at the WG...

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College Ag Student Mixer

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on January 20, 2017 10:42 AM

The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology hosted a student mixer for college students home in Salinas over the holidays. Eighteen agricultural students from UC Davis, Cal Poly SLO, Fresno State, CSUMB, Hartnell College, and UC Irvine all came to see the Innovation Center in the...

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Salinas AgTech Meetup: WG Innovation Center & a Day in the Life of an AgTech Entrepreneur

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on January 19, 2017 04:14 PM

January 17, 2017 · 6:00 PM at CSUMB Salinas City Center The AgTech Salinas Meetup group gathered Tuesday, January 17th, for pizza, beer, and an insightful agtech discussion. As a prelude to the one-year anniversary celebration of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas...

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WG Insider with Nolan Paul of Driscoll’s

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on January 18, 2017 10:07 AM

On January 17, 2017, Nolan Paul, R&D Strategy & Emerging Technology at Driscoll’s, presented his company’s approach to technology and innovation. At the core of his presentation was how Driscoll’s works with startups and developers. Because Driscoll’s utilizes an independent grower model,...

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Resident Programming: December 2016

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on November 29, 2016 12:01 PM

December 8, 2016: Labor Tech Talk® with HeavyConnect – Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8802826810254337538 December 14, 2016: Smart Start with David LaRiviere – Patents and Legal for Startups: Register for 10am session to elyons@wga.com January 10, 2017: Tech Talk® with Aeroptic...

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WG Insider: A 360 Degree View

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on November 28, 2016 04:12 PM

Dennis Donohue presented “Ag 101: The Salinas Valley” to a group of residents at The Center, Tuesday, November 22, 2016. He discussed the difference between Growers, Grower-Shippers, and Processors. He spoke about some of the trends (i.e. brokers, consumer movements, value-added offerings) that...

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November 2016 Resident Programming: Smart Start

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on November 10, 2016 04:32 PM

For the November Smart Start, on November 9, 2016, Sam Spadoni, MBA, presented “Marketing: How to Thrive as an AgTech Startup” to almost half of the resident startups in The Center. Sam works at a nearby agency called TMD Creative, with CEO, and agricultural marketer, Nick Pasculli. TMD Creative...

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Resident Programming at The Center: Casual Wednesday November

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on November 03, 2016 10:40 AM

Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane Steve McShane serves Salinas as City Councilman for the Third District encompassing South Salinas including Salinas City Center, and the industrial complexes south of the city. Steve holds a degree in Soil Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters in...

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