MARCH 18-19, 2021

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Welcome to the 8th Annual Salinas ValleyVirtual Ag Tech Summit

Hartnell and the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology are teaming up to highlight the importance of Education and Upskilling today’s workforce. The Ag Tech revolution of today requires a “New Kind of Worker” for tomorrow.

Hear from California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and industry leaders on today’s challenges and the role of Education in meeting today and tomorrow’s workforce needs. Get invaluable insights from California leaders and hear about the Ag Tech challenges and opportunities in Mexico and Latin America.

It’s the start of an important national conversation for the future of Agriculture!

For more information please contact
Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology
c: 
(831) 594-4883   |   f: (831) 751-3580

MARCH 18TH 
PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION
SESSION SPONSORED BY
5:00 PM

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

Clint Cowden
Dean of Academic Affairs

WELCOME

SPEAKERS

Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Interim Superintendent/President

Update 
from 
Hartnell College

GUEST
SPEAKER

Miguel Gomez
Hartnell Alumni, CSUMB Student

Ag Tech 
Required Skills 
from a Students Perspective

GUEST
SPEAKER

Karen Ross
Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

GUEST
SPEAKER

Fireside chat 
with 
Karen Ross
Sponsored by:

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

SPEAKER

Close and
overview 
of Tomorrow
6:30 PM
5:30 PM
SPONSORS
Conversation Sponsor:
Conversation Sponsor:
Conversation Sponsor:
PLATINUM
GOLD
MARCH 19TH 
MORNING BUSINESS SESSIONS
SESSION SPONSORED BY

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

Clint Cowden
Dean of Academic Affairs

WELCOME

SPEAKERS

9:00 AM

GUEST 
SPEAKER

Towards a New 
Kind of Worker
Conversation Sponsor:

Sebastien Boyer
CEO- Farmwise*

Liron Brish
CEO- FarmDog

Grower and 
Tech Issues 

Update and Education, Training and Workforce Challenges

PANEL

Mariana Valdez
Soil  Science Manager – 
Ag-wise, Inc

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

MODERATOR

Panel Sponsor:

Chris Kitts
Santa Clara University

Dave Clark
Reedley College

Education and 
Ag Tech - 
How Universities 
and Colleges are 
stepping up

PANEL

Peter Livingston
Cal Poly, SLO

Tanya Hodges
U of A - Yuma

MODERATOR

Clint Cowden
Hartnell College

10:40 AM  |  BREAK
10:45 AM

Tom Nunes
President Nunes Co.

John D’Arrigo
CEO D’Arrigo Bros.

Importance 
of Education 
and New Kind 
of Worker

PANEL

Miles Reiter
CEO Driscoll’s

Brie Reiter Smith
Driscoll’s

MODERATOR

Panel Sponsor:
11:30 AM
INVITATION TO VISIT SPONSOR 
WEBPAGES AND VIRTUAL BOOTHS
MARCH 19TH 
AFTERNOON BUSINESS SESSIONS
SESSION SPONSORED BY

Ag Tech the View from Mexico and the Americas

1:00 PM

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

Tomas Pena
Yield Lab LATAM

Welcome and Overview
Session in English 
(Spanish Translation 
Available)

KEYNOTE 
CONVERSATION

Conversation Sponsor:

Pablo Hary
Argentina

Alejandro Sahagun
Mainland Farms

Mexico and 
the Americas 
Grower Issues
Session in Spanish 
(English Translation 
Available)

GUEST 
SPEAKERS

Arturo Gonzalez de Cosio Barrón
Director of the Campo Agropecuario Experimental
Tecnológico de Monterrey

Raul Lopez
AGTools

MODERATOR

Conversation Sponsor:

Jairo Trad
Kilimo AgTech

Francisco Palma
Polynatural

The Startup 
Scene
Session in Spanish 
(English Translation 
Available)

GUEST 
SPEAKERS

Camila Petignat
Yield Lab

MODERATOR

Conversation Sponsor:
2:55 PM  |  BREAK
3:05 PM

Elisa Blanco

SPEAKER

Keynote Conversation ”Water…a Global Challenge… the View from Chile”
Session in English 
(Spanish Translation 
Available)
3:45 PM

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

SPEAKER

Close
Session in English 
(Spanish Translation 
Available)
brought to you by

Register now and join 
the conversation for 
the future of agriculture

Fireside Chat with Karen Ross
Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

KAREN ROSS was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture onJanuary 9, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. In re-appointing Secretary Ross, Governor Newsom cited her unmatched leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California, in areas including environmental stewardship, climate change adaptation, and trade. Secretary Ross was initially appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2011.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Sponsored by:
9:15 AM

Ted Taylor
President of Mission Ranches and Seco Packing

Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

Moderated by 
Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers 
Center for Innovation & Technology

TITANIUM

Guillermo De Vivanco
Space Ag

Visit The Sponsor Virtual Exhibitor Hall
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank You for Attending the 8th Annual Salinas ValleyVirtual Ag Tech Summit

Hartnell and the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology are teaming up to highlight the importance of Education and Upskilling today’s workforce. The Ag Tech revolution of today requires a “New Kind of Worker” for tomorrow.

Hear from California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and industry leaders on today’s challenges and the role of Education in meeting today and tomorrow’s workforce needs. Get invaluable insights from California leaders and hear about the Ag Tech challenges and opportunities in Mexico and Latin America.

It’s the start of an important national conversation for the future of Agriculture!

The event has concluded, we hope to see you next year.