A limited number of tickets remain for the Sixth Annual Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit on March 27 at Hartnell College in Salinas, as well as for the President’s Opening Reception that will start the event on the evening of March 26.
Speakers, panels and exhibitors at the 2019 summit will highlight how industry players can leverage innovation for increased productivity and strategic advantage in an era of rapid change.
In line with its theme of “Tomorrow’s Technology You Can Use Today, the summit’s main day on March 27 will feature educational tracks in ag production and ag business. Topics will include the latest in precision crop management, “big data” to accelerate decision-making, blockchain traceability for food safety and initiatives to meet agricultural workforce needs in 2020 and beyond.
A third track, offered by the event’s co-organizer, the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA), is worth up to five hours of approved credit in continuing education.
Keynote speakers also will zero in on hot-button themes. The morning keynote on the summit’s main day, March 27, will be delivered by Dr. Bob Whitaker, chief scientific officer for the Produce Marketing Association, and the luncheon address will be made by Glenda Humiston, vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of California.
“Each one of our sessions will offer distinct insights,” said Nick Pasculli, who chairs the 2019 summit planning committee and is CEO of TMD, a produce-focused marketing firm in Salinas. “Taken together, the entire experience will make our attendees excited about all they can achieve with new tools and new thinking.”
As always, the sixth annual event will provide unique opportunities for learning and networking while supporting agribusiness students and programs at Hartnell College. It also will spotlight the Salinas Valley’s emergence as an incubator and hub for innovation and development in ag tech.
“The Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit is one of the most important events of the region,” said Pasculli, founder, president and creative director of TMD, a creative services agency with many clients in the produce industry. “It brings together the brightest minds in ag production and technology, all for the benefit of increasing sustainability and strengthening this industry as we feed the world and build a thriving economy.”
The summit will open with the President’s Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. in the STEM Building (S) at Hartnell, featuring local wines and hors d’oeuvres and participation by industry leaders. The main Ag Tech Summit program on March 27 will begin with a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. The afternoon exhibition will also include a Beer Hall featuring the Carmel Craft Brewing Co.
Community members, ag industry members, growers, PCAs, CCAs, QALs, pilots, students and participants in ag tech and software industries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized by the Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA).
The two-day event is organized by the Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the CAPCA.
For registration and schedule information, visit: http://svagtechsummit.com/.