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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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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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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2020 Reflection, Moving AgTech Forward in 2021

by elyons

Posted on December 29, 2020 10:50 AM

The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology is continuing our mission of solving agriculture’s most pressing issues. Farmers are feeding more people, with less resources, through a global pandemic. Agriculture is an essential industry, so the Center is open for business through this...

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WG Tech Center Connects 50 Students to Amazon, AgTech Startups

by elyons

Posted on December 22, 2020 10:29 AM

Last week, 50 university students attended Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology’s annual “Home for the Holidays” agtech event to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers in agriculture. The event featured a “virtual meet and greet” with Elizabeth...

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Harris Ranch II

by elyons

Posted on January 10, 2020 03:47 PM

The second annual WGCIT Harris Ranch event was held as the New Year got started, January 6-7, 2020.  This is an annual gathering that includes WG Future Leaders, local WG Board Members, the WGCIT’s Tech Advisory group, participants in the Field Harvest Automation Acceleration Initiative, and Center...

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WG Contributes to Strengthening California-Dutch Relationship to Accelerate AgTech

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on November 08, 2019 02:59 PM

On November 7, 2019, the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) played a major role during the California-Dutch Collaboration Opportunities for AgFoodTech Summit. Throughout the event, government officials, agricultural leaders, universities and other stakeholders came...

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The Latest from the Twittersphere

by elyons

Posted on June 04, 2019 10:16 AM

The Mixing Bowl‏ @Mixingbowlhub  Our Seana Day has released her AgTech Landscape 2019 analysis of over 1,600+ startups innovating on the farm and in the 'Messy Middle' of food https://buff.ly/2EUB8F4  @AgFunder @seanahull cc: @baconista @robtrice3 @MRoseAgFoodTech @betterfoodvc   Santa Cruz Tech...

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Latest Grower Trial Network in Santa Maria A Success

by elyons

Posted on May 24, 2019 02:55 PM

The latest Grower Trial Network event took place in Santa Maria, with sponsorship and support from Netafim; the evening program was organized by WGCIT Director Dennis Donohue. The Western Growers members that attended on the growers’ side: Mesa Vineyard, Laguna Farms, Cal Giant, Teixeira Ranch Inc...

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CPS Innovation Challenge - Applications due April 22, 2019

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on April 10, 2019 10:08 AM

CPS Innovation Challenge - total award funds available $500,000 On January 16, The Center for Produce Safety announced their first Innovation Challenge award. This program, currently termed GRABIT - (Grower's Risk Assessment Biomarkers Investigative Tool) is designed to bring tools to the supply...

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