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The Farm of the Future: Agricultural Careers in Energy, Sustainability, and Technology


September 25, 2018 — Seaside, CA

Greater Vision: Agricultural Careers in Energy, Sustainability, and Technology

Greater Vision is an annual event at CSUMB addressing contemporary issues in agriculture and society. The program is designed for students, professionals, and community members. Greater Vision is a collaborative project of CSU Monterey Bay and the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation.

  • The Farm of the Future: Agricultural Careers in Energy, Sustainability, and Technology
  • Wed, October 3, 2018
  • 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
  • California State University, Monterey Bay – University Center
  • Register here

Join us for an opportunity to engage in this year’s Greater Vision forum. The focus this year is The Farm of the Future: Agricultural Careers in Energy, Sustainability, and Technology.

Agriculture can open a world of career possibilities, and the demand for professionals in every agricultural area is high. Agriculture has a lot of exciting work being done in areas such as precision agriculture, urban agriculture, sustainable agriculture, energy and agricultural technology. Agricultural careers may have you using advanced equipment, managing people or designing new products and packaging.

Whether your interests are in biology, energy, carpentry, chemistry, computers, the environment, finances, genetics, health, nutrition, statistics or welding, there is a career in agriculture for you!


  • 8:00 am: Doors Open – Coffee available!
  • 8:30 am: Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:00 am: Keynote Conversation – The Farm of the Future and the Changing Workforce – Dennis Donohue, Chairman, Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and Megan Nunes, Founder & CEO, Vinsight
  • 10:00 am: Panel – Careers: Energy and Sustainability in Agriculture – learn about sustainable energy careers on the farm – Moderator: Rosie Armstrong, Director of Workforce Development: Agriculture and Healthcare Sector Partnerships, Hartnell College; Panel: Alyson Blume, Lead UX Developer, Wexus Technologies; Chad Forrest, CFO, Concentric Power; and Alejandra Sanchez, Sustainability Manager, Taylor Farms
  • 11:00 am Panel – Careers: Technology in Agriculture – learn about careers in new technologies needed on the farm – Moderator: Abby Taylor-Silva, VP of Policy & Communications, Grower-Shipper Association; Panel: Jackie Vazquez, Director of Operations, Andrew Williamson; Jennifer Skidgel-Clarke, Executive Director, California Leafy Greens Research Programand Josh Ruiz, Director of Operations, Church Brothers Farms
  • 12:00 pm Networking Reception – meet agricultural entrepreneurs one-on-one. Light refreshments available. Bring your resume.

Directions to the University Center are available at

Please remember to get a CSUMB parking permit. It cost $1/hour or $4/day and can be purchased at the yellow dispensers in the parking lots or online at


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