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Posted on November 08, 2018 11:31 AM by elyons

WaterBit: How Informed Irrigation Drives Better Farming Practices REGISTER NOW

You are invited to hear from a panel of growers and experts across the Western agriculture spectrum as they discuss irrigation issues and how they have addressed them to improve farming practices. The panelists will focus on how they’ve used technology and analytics to better inform irrigation decisions - validating what they know as well as illuminating issues they weren’t aware of.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 10 am PT and will run just under an hour. Attendees will be able to ask the panelists questions - tapping into their expertise and lessons learned. Be sure to register even if you can’t make it for the live webinar - we’ll send you a link to the taped session. The webinar panel includes:

Greg Van Dyke - Kanpeki Rice, President

Chandler Bennett - Madison Farms, Berry Production Manager and Parabug, Founder

Dennis Donohue - Western Growers, Innovation Lead

Dr. Gurreet Brar - Fresno State University, Almond Researcher

Leif Chastaine - WaterBit, Co-founder & COO


AgVoice Selected by Maersk for FoodTrack Program: Maersk Selects 7 Companies for Second Edition of FoodTrack Program

AgVoice Voice recognition software for capturing data – form filling & metadata analytics – by using proprietary analytics and processing of raw voice during human inspections. More.  


Augean Robotics wins AgSharks 2018 at Western Growers Annual Meeting

Augean Robotics walked away from the Western Growers’ AgSharks Competition today with a $250,000 equity investment offer, as well as access to farm acreage for pilot testing, to take its collaborative robotic platform from development to market. The seed funding was awarded by S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth) after competing against four other start-up companies who also are inventing new technology solutions to solve agriculture’s most pressing issues. More.


Organic Growers Summit Tech Alley: Two Spaces left in Tech Alley – REGISTER NOW 

For the second year in a row, Western Growers will serve as the Ag Technology Sponsor for the Organic Grower Summit (OGS). As the tech sponsor, WG will be hosting “Tech Alley” where budding entrepreneurs will line the exhibit hall and demonstrate their cutting-edge technologies that will significantly help farmers reduce issues faced on the farm. More.


Organic Growers Summit Announces Educational Session lead by Hank Giclas, senior vice president, Western Growers

The Organic Grower Summit, slated for December 12-13, in Monterey, CA will feature a series of intensive and educational sessions focused on organic growing.  Technology Is Not Just For Big Ag will explain technology advances including asset sharing, robotics and one of the most talked about information systems, blockchain.   Panelists for the session will discuss the issues associated with bringing technology to smaller organic growers and how the industry can work together to help these technologies take root and scale.

Panelists for the session include: 

Brian Dawson, co-founder, CEO, Harvestport

Raja Ramachandran, co-founder, CEO, io

Diane Wu, co-Founder and CEO, Trace Genomics


Apis Protect Announces Partnership: ApisProtect and National Agricultural Genotyping Center join forces to monitor hive health and identify honey bee diseases.

October 30, 2018 ApisProtect have begun the USA technology validation phase of its previous work in the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology and machine learning for the improvement of honey bee health. ApisProtect is partnering with the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) to analyze hive health. This monitoring will involve the ApisMonitor in-hive devices installed by ApisProtect with bee health assessments and data provided by the NAGC headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA.  Validation is expected to run through June, 2019.

Watch this video (https://bit.ly/2I7AIxV ) to learn more about ApisProtect and Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy’s vision for a future full of healthy honey bees.