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No doubt about it, Salinas is at forefront of AgTech industry

By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

July 14, 2016 — Salinas, CA

(Photo above: The “Reinventing Salinas” panel spoke about how Salinas is leveraging both its proximity to Silicon Valley and generations of expertise in farming. Left to right, Patrick Zelaya, Founder, HeavyConnect; Teresa Matsui, President, Matsui Nursery; Willard Lewallen, Superintendent & President, Hartnell Community College District; John Hartnett, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SVG Partners; Ray Corpuz, City Manager, City of Salinas; Dennis Donohue, Chief Innovation Officer, Cultiva Global. Source: Twitter.)

“Salinas morphs into one of the largest agtech confabs in the industry.”

“AgTech Summit attracts movers, shakers”

“Farmers, inventors, entrepreneurs gather in Salinas for Ag Tech summit.”

“The #startup energy in @CityofSalinas is palpable! #ForbesAgTech is trending!”

“Salinas is proactively building itself into a global agtech hub”

“AgTech is in our strategic plan, it’s policy,” said Ray Corpuz, Salinas city manager. “We’re going to invest and be the catalyst for growing the AgTech Ecosystem.”

Attendees mingle outside of the Forbes AgTech Innovation Showcase. (Credit: Forbes Media/Lux)

Attendees mingle outside of the Forbes AgTech Innovation Showcase. (Credit: Forbes Media/Lux)

With headlines, newscasts, and social media comments broadcasting the action from the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas today and yesterday (July 13-14, 2016), here’s are some of the reports about this significant event. No doubt about it, this event nails Salinas at the forefront of the AgTech industry. Here’s a sample.

  • Monterey Herald: 2016 Forbes AgTech Summit aims to grow AgTech Ecosystem. Bringing together Salinas Valley’s agriculture industry, Silicon Valley’s technology industry, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, the second annual Forbes AgTech Summit aimed to be the venue to further the evolution of “an AgTech Ecosystem.” Continue reading…
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal: AgTech takes center stage in Salinas at second annual Forbes summit. Salinas city officials and produce growers envision the city transforming itself into the Silicon Valley of agricultural technology. It’s a long-term goal, and this week’s second annual Forbes AgTech Summit is seen as a critical part of that process. Continue reading…
  • KSBW: Farmers, inventors, entrepreneurs gather in Salinas for Ag Tech summit. Watch newscast…
  • The Californian: AgTech Summit attracts movers, shakers. The 2016 Forbes AgTech Summit got off to a good start on Wednesday. Salinas’ Main Street morphed into one of the largest agtech confabs in the industry. Continue reading…
  • KAZU: Ag Tech Start-Ups Planting Roots in Salinas: The Forbes AgTech Summit is underway in Oldtown Salinas. The annual event brings together tech entrepreneurs, farmers and investors from around the world. It started Wednesday with tours of local processing plants, field demonstrations of cutting edge technologies and opening remarks from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Continue reading…
  • KION: Forbes AgTech Summit opens in Salinas: Nearly 700 leaders and investors in the agricultural industry arrived at the second annual Forbes AgTech Summit, taking over parts of Main Street this week in downtown Salinas. “I want to be at the intersection of where our food is coming from and where it’s going,” said Brendan Doherty, cofounder/president of Inward Point. Continue reading…


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