Industry Happenings Forbes AgTech By Tom Karst July 11, 2017 | 5:46 pm EDT Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security spoke at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst Jim Llano, sales manager for Castle Rock Vineyards, Delano, Calif., speaks with Karen Caplan, CEO of Frieda’s, Los Alamitos, Calif., at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst From left to right: Hank Giclas, senior vice president at Western Growers, Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, Bruce Taylor, CEO of Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif., listen to Vic Smith, president and CEO of JV Smith Companies, make a point at the break during the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst Speaking at a Forbes AgTech Summit June 28 panel about diversity in ag technology, panelists included Marianna Vasconcelos, CEO Brazil-based Agrosmart, Xuemei Germaine, CEO of Ireland-based MicroGen Biotech and Miku Jha, CEO of AgShift, Santa Clara, Calif. and moderator John Hartnett, founder and CEO of SVG Partners. Photo By Tom Karst The third annual Forbes AgTech Summit attracted about 680 attendees and 50 exhibitors. Photo By Tom Karst Sun World Innovations president David Marguleas and Karen Caplan, CEO of Frieda’s, visit during the closing reception at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit June 29. Photo By Tom Karst Leonard Batti, president of Taylor Farms Florida, visits with Gary Wishnatzki, owner of Wish Farms in Plant City, Fla. and founder of Harvest CROO at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit on June 29. Photo By Tom Karst Moderator Paul Noglows, (left to right) executive producer of Forbes AgTech Summit, Forbes Media moderated a June 29 panel at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit on the “Farmer of the Future,” including Krystine McInnes, CEO of Athena Organic Farms and Grown Here Farms, Jessica Vaughan, greenhouse manager Jacobs Farms/Del Cabo Inc., Kevin Watt, head of land and livestock, TomKat Ranch and David Zaitz, CEO of Pieper Farms. Photo By Tom Karst Nancy Pfund, (left) founder and managing partner of DBL Partners, speaks with Amol Deshpande, CEO and co-founder of Farmers’ Business Network during a “innovation spotlight” June 29 at the Forbes AgTech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst Sky Johnson, sales and marketing for Yakima, Wash.-based Borton & Sons Inc. visits with George Kellerman chief operations officer and general partner with Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley and Mike Karst, senior partner at Entira during a break June 29 at the third annual Forbes Ag Tech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst Lorri Koster, chairwoman and CEO of Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., speaks after receiving a Forbes Impact Award June 29. Photo By Tom Karst Moderator Maggie McGrath, staff writer for Forbes Media, talked with Bruce Taylor, founder and CEO of Taylor Farm, Salinas, Calif., Mike Teel, owner and CEO of Raley’s Inc., West Sacramento, Calif., and Heather Shavey, assistant vice president and general merchandising manager, Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale about retail trends during a June 29 retail workshop at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief, Forbes Media, gave the keynote address at the third annual Forbes AgTech Summit on June 29. Photo By Tom Karst Opportunities and challenges with indoor farming were explored at the Forbes AgTech panel on June 28 that included (left to right) Neal Parikh, vice president of capital markets and corporate development for BrightFarms, Shami Patel, CEO of LumiGrow and moderator Geoffrey Eisenberg, principal at Ecosystem Integrity Fund. Photo By Tom Karst Vic Smith, chief executive officer of the JV Smith Cos. speaks after being awarded a Forbes Impact Award at the Forbes AgTech Summit. Photo By Tom Karst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 The Packer's Tom Karst took these photos at the June 28-29 Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, Calif.