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Forbes Summit brings innovative agtech industry to Salinas

By Jan Janes
Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat

July 14, 2016 — Salinas, CA

[Editor’s note: Photojournalist Jan Janes provides images from the Forbes Ag Tech Summit held in Salinas on July 13-14 in this photo-essay.]

(Photo above: Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom spoke to the 2016 Forbes AgTech Summit participants, noting the success of the event. He said it takes the community to solve local problems, a bottom up approach. You can’t sell your vision from Sacramento. Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

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The balmy Salinas evening offered Forbes AgTech Summit participants two areas highlighting 40 leading companies exhibiting new ideas and applications at the Innovation Showcase. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

Carl Kalin and Jeffrey Orrey of GeoVisual Analytics received the Thrive Operational Excellence Award from Hank Gicles of WGA and Chris Boody of SVG. The competitive award was for the company's attainment of operations excellence across time, cost and quality. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

Carl Kalin and Jeffrey Orrey of GeoVisual Analytics received the Thrive Operational Excellence Award from Hank Gicles of WGA and Chris Boody of SVG. The competitive award was for the company’s attainment of operations excellence across time, cost and quality. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

Diane Wu and Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics received the Thrive Overall Innovation Award from Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter and Chris Boody of SVG. The competitive award recognizes a small company doing incredibly disruptive and innovative things. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

Diane Wu and Poornima Parameswaran of Trace Genomics received the Thrive Overall Innovation Award from Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter and Chris Boody of SVG. The competitive award recognizes a small company doing incredibly disruptive and innovative things. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

Forbes AgTech Summit participants could elect to go on an afternoon field trip the first day. At Taylor Farms in Salinas, more than 50 people suited up to watch the high-tech process of freshly harvested organic spinach get triple washed, spin rinsed, conveyed by robotics into consumer packaging and placement into cartons. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

Forbes AgTech Summit participants could elect to go on an afternoon field trip the first day. At Taylor Farms in Salinas, more than 50 people suited up to watch the high-tech process of freshly harvested organic spinach get triple washed, spin rinsed, conveyed by robotics into consumer packaging and placement into cartons. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

MagGrow was awarded the Thrive Sustainability Award for their work in efficiency and repeatable best practices. Shown after the ceremony are (l-r) Mareese Keane of SVG, Gary Wickham of MagGrow, Chris Boody of SVG, David Moore of MagGrow. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

MagGrow was awarded the Thrive Sustainability Award for their work in efficiency and repeatable best practices. Shown after the ceremony are (l-r) Mareese Keane of SVG, Gary Wickham of MagGrow, Chris Boody of SVG, David Moore of MagGrow. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

Forbes AgTech Summit participants could elect to go on an afternoon field trip the first day. At Taylor Farms in Salinas, more than 50 people suited up to watch the high-tech process of freshly harvested organic spinach get triple washed, spin rinsed, conveyed by robotics into consumer packaging and placement into cartons. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

Forbes AgTech Summit participants could elect to go on an afternoon field trip the first day. At Taylor Farms in Salinas, more than 50 people suited up to watch the high-tech process of freshly harvested organic spinach get triple washed, spin rinsed, conveyed by robotics into consumer packaging and placement into cartons. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

 

During the first day of the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, 16 global companies competed for Thrive Awards. At the end of their presentations but before the winners were announced, company representatives, and Thrive mentors and judges got together for a final photo. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

During the first day of the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, 16 global companies competed for Thrive Awards. At the end of their presentations but before the winners were announced, company representatives, and Thrive mentors and judges got together for a final photo. (Credit: Jan Janes Media)

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Jan Janes, Communications Director, Web Publisher, Television & Radio Producer, Photojournalist, Social Media Architect, can be reached on LinkedIn.

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