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Planning was underway in January for the second annual Strawberry Automation Summit sponsored by the Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, on April 3, said Carolyn O’Donnell, communications director for the commission.

The first event in 2018 sparked widespread interest from people interested in learning about automation projects being tested in the strawberry industry, she said.

“They’re looking at different aspects of the entire strawberry production cycle and looking for opportunities where automation might be developed.”

Developers, growers, shippers, processors, engineers and “anyone that has an interest in automation in strawberries” can benefit from the summit, she said.

About 170 people turned out for last year’s event.

Details will be posted on the commission’s website — calstrawberry.com — as they become available.