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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GUEST BLOG: Farms to Incubators Heads to SXSW

by WGCIT Western Growers Center for Innovation

Posted on March 14, 2019 02:24 PM

By Amy Wu, Founder, From Farms to Incubator Documentary that spotlights agtech in Salinas Valley screens at premiere music, film and arts festival “From Farms to Incubators: Telling the stories of minority women entrepreneurs in the Salinas Valley and beyond” recently screened at SXSW, one of the...

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Grower Trial Network Heads to Yuma from Salinas

by elyons

Posted on February 26, 2019 03:08 PM

Western Growers’ Grower Trial Network has hit California and Arizona by storm! On February 19, Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology held its second Grower Trail Network meeting, where 30 growers and agtech start-up companies gathered at the Center in Salinas to collaborate on the...

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