Registration Now Open to Attend the 2023 Salinas Biological Summit on June 20-21 By Ann Donahue

Registration is now open to attend the first-ever Salinas Biological Summit, which will be held June 20-21, 2023 at CSU Monterey Bay’s Salinas City Center. Co-presented by Western Growers and New Zealand-based agrifood tech consultancy Wharf42, the 2023 Salinas Biological Summit will provide an opportunity for growers to increase their awareness of available biological solutions to address their soil and plant needs, as well as a chance for agricultural businesses to learn about the disruptive science and start-up activity led by innovators in the crop protection space.

“This is an incredibly important and timely Summit that focuses on an area that needs much more attention, planning and coordination of next-gen tools so we can ensure bountiful production of horticultural crops so critical to health and nutrition,” said California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, who will deliver welcoming remarks at the event. “For Western Growers members, biologicals have become a significant issue,” said Dennis Donohue, Director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology. “The 2023

Salinas Biological Summit will provide the platform to share knowledge, insights and best practices to address the opportunity.” Confirmed speakers at the event include Dave Puglia, President & CEO of Western Growers; Julie Henderson, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation; Don Cameron, Vice President and General Manager of Terranova Ranch; Pam Marrone, CEO and Founder, Chestnut Bio Advisors; and Scott Kumar, SVP of Global R&D at Driscoll’s. More registration info can be found at https://www.salinas-summit.com/

FIRA USA 2023 Registration Now Open for Sept. 19-21, 2023 Event By Ann Donahue The California Rodeo Salinas is set to become the hub of agricultural innovation as it hosts the 2023 edition of FIRA USA on Sept. 19-21, 2023. The three-day event will bring together the agtech automation community for a showcase of the latest robotic farming solutions, exhibitions, presentations, discussions and networking opportunities.

The New WG Member Community Resource Hub

is Here! By Kara Timmins

Following a successful first edition in Fresno in 2022, the French non-profit association GOFAR, Western Growers, and the VINE/University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC-ANR) are collaborating once again for this traveling event throughout California. The event aims to bring together startups and growers, providing them with great content, demos and conversations that will benefit the agtech automation community. The primary goal of FIRA USA is to unite the agtech automation community through engaging content, innovative demos, and fruitful conversations. “We found a willing audience on both sides — startups enjoyed being part of a focused event where most of the attendees were looking for their type of solution, and growers were also interested in attending a show that focused on one type of solution,” said Walt Duflock, VP of Innovation at Western Growers.

The Salinas location at the rodeo grounds offers a comprehensive experience, with all formats located in one place, making it effortless for attendees to navigate between theater- style presentations, the exhibitor area and the demo area. “Our aim is to create a favorable environment that facilitates seamless interaction between growers, innovators, and the latest advancements in robotic farming technology,” said Gabriel Youtsey, Chief Innovation Officer at UC-ANR and head of The VINE initiative. “We are very delighted to officially launch the registration and special calls in Salinas, on April 27th,” said Gwendoline Legrand and Maialen Cazenave, the co-directors of GOFAR. For more information and to register for the event, please visit: https://www. fira-agtech.com/event/fira-usa

Active Western Growers contacts now have access to the new Member Community Resource Hub. If you hadn’t received an email with your new member login information by March 1, 2023, please contact WGMembership@wga.com. Previous login passwords to access resources on wga.com will no longer work after this date. Western Growers members now have streamlined access to news, events and resources as well as a convenient storefront to purchase events, programs, services and more at a discounted rate. Non-Western Growers members can access the Member Community Resource Hub to purchase these offerings without the member discount.

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