AgTech Summit set for 2015 in Salinas Valley

07/10/2014 12:50:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Forbes Media’s “Reinventing America” series is planning to come to California’s Salinas Valley for an AgTech Summit in July 2015.

The event, co-hosted with Silicon Valley Global Partners and the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster, is expected to bring together several hundred representatives of the region’s high-tech and agricultural industries.

Among the topics will be biotech, precision farming, sustainability and the role of big data in supporting food production.

Bruce TaylorTaylor“This summit is a fantastic opportunity for the ag tech community to discuss real solutions in accelerating new technologies and capabilities in farming,” Bruce Taylor, chairman and chief executive of Taylor Farms, said in a news release.

Dates and other details were not immediately available. Participation will be by invitation only.

Forbes’ “Reinventing America” series addresses innovations and disruptions in U.S. industries. The first such event was in Chicago March 26-28. The AgTech Summit will be among Forbes’ stops in 2015.

“The goal of the AgTech Summit is to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most critical farming challenges, and there’s no better place for this event than in the Salinas Valley,” Mike Federle, Forbes Media chief operating officer, said in the release.

Besides tech companies, growers and shippers, participants are expected to include award winners from the Thrive Accelerator program launched this month by Silicon Valley Global Partners. It’s a mentorship and investment program for startups in precision agriculture. Mentors for the program include Taylor and Vic Smith, president and chief executive officer of JV Smith Companies.

Ten such startups will receive a Thrive AgTech “disrupt” award and gain access to summit attendees. Application for the award can be done online.



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