Tackling Food Waste: Tech as the Watchdog of Quality Control

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on October 12, 2021 01:50 PM

Imagine a world where every piece of fruit and vegetable you eat tastes as ripe as the day that it was picked or harvested. Hazel Technologies is making that world a reality. Understanding that of all food produced globally goes to waste, Hazel Technologies CEO and Co-Founder Aidan Mouat has made...

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New VofV Podcast Episode – Building Autonomous Farm Tractors…and Totally Winning

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on October 05, 2021 03:30 PM

Will C-3PO and R2-D2 be working on the farm anytime soon? According to robotic tractor startup Bear Flag Robotics, the possibility may happen sooner rather than later. In the newest episode of WGCIT’s Voices of the Valley podcast, Bear Flag Robotics’ CEO and Co-Founder Igino Cafiero walks us...

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Latest WGCIT Resident Town Hall

by elyons

Posted on October 04, 2021 01:43 PM

On Monday, September 27, 2021, Dennis Donohue hosted a ‘Resident Town Hall’ meeting for agtech startup and entrepreneurs. Dennis is the Executive Director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas, and provided an overview and update of the following with the...

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New VofV Podcast Episode - Rise of the City Bee: Building Urban Bee Farms

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on September 28, 2021 12:06 PM

Detroit Hives has one goal: transforming vacant lots in Detroit into urban bee farms. In this episode of the Voices of the Valley podcast, Detroit Hives’ founders Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey speak about the steps it took to build one of the very first urban bee farms. During the interview,...

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The Latest from the Twittersphere

by elyons

Posted on August 30, 2021 08:54 AM

Rob Leclerc  @robleclerc Deere throws down the gauntlet. Love this billboard in NY with Deere & Bear Flag Robotics! @BFRobotics   Rob Leclerc  @robleclerc Deere saw $4b of additional market cap in the 12 days or so following the acquisition announcement. That’s 16x in about 12 days. Clearly the...

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Grower Trial Network Washington State Event

by elyons

Posted on July 09, 2021 11:12 AM

On July 8, the Western Grower Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) held our first Grower Trial Network (GTN) with the growers from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission. Eleven agtech startups from the WGCIT pitched their solutions to a panel of approximately ten farmers in the...

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WG Center for Innovation & Technology Celebrates “Re-Open” House

by elyons

Posted on July 01, 2021 02:43 PM

The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) had an open house on June 16, 2021, to officially “reopen” the Center after a short hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event allowed for entrepreneurs to mingle with WGCIT sponsors and WG member farmers. Dennis Donohue, the...

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The Latest from the Twittersphere

by elyons

Posted on May 27, 2021 09:31 AM

Augean Robotics @AugeanRobotics Burro's Blueberry Season is picking up - each tote is about 5-7 minutes of walking time for one person meaning each trip in/out saves a grower $12-15 in wasted time while the crews harvest more/make more #goodburro #collaborativerobots #winwin     FarmWise @...

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Photography Opportunity for WGCIT AgTech Startups

by elyons

Posted on May 24, 2021 10:25 AM

Western Growers is sending out a professional photographer to take photos of the Center. We’d like to extend this opportunity to all of you to get professional photos taken of you and your team (or headshots) – at no cost! The photographer will be here from 1pm-3pm on Thursday, June 10. In addition...

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Western Growers Global Harvest Automation Initiative

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on April 14, 2021 10:26 AM

On February 11, Western Growers officially rolled out its Global Harvest Automation Initiative – a series of projects that aim to automating 50 percent of harvest throughout the specialty crop industry within 10 years. The global initiative is comprised of several key projects uniquely designed to...

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