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Hartnell hosts conference on agriculture industry’s changing workforce needs – Salinas Valley Tribune 

 May 19, 2022

SALINAS VALLEY – Hartnell College hosted a special version of the annual Ag Tech summit – a half-day face-to-face program called AgTechX Ed – last month on the main Salinas campus.

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology has teamed up with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to focus on developing the next generation of technology-savvy farm workers. That goal is closely aligned with Hartnell’s mission to meet the educational and workforce needs of his communities.

“The Salinas Valley and its fresh produce industry are at the forefront of fundamental change in agricultural production, processing and packaging, all of which demand new strategies to meet the changing needs of the workforce,” Hartnell said in a press release.

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Briana Layfield, president of Ag-Bee LLC, discusses the capabilities of her company’s drones with an assistant before the April 13 conference at the Center for Performing Arts on Hartnell’s main campus in Salinas. (Contributed)
Briana Layfield, president of Ag-Bee LLC, discusses the capabilities of her company’s drones with an assistant before the April 13 conference at the Center for Performing Arts on Hartnell’s main campus in Salinas. (Contributed)

On April 13, AgTechX Ed participants listened to local leaders such as Josh Ruiz of Church Brothers, Tom Nunes of The Nunes Company, and Ted Taylor of Taylor Farms. Educators, such as Richard Chapman of Hartnell and Becca Fenwick of UC Santa Cruz, also offered their ideas.

In a concluding “chat,” CDFA secretary Karen Ross shared her vision for cultivating local talent through partnerships between government, industry, and academia. Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce President Steve McShane moderated the debate.

Afterwards, the camera hosted a reception with Ross which was combined with a robotics showcase.

Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, joins Steve McShane, president of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a “talk by the fire” on April 13th. The chamber joined the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology on April 13th. CDFA and Hartnell College to present AgTechX Ed, the third of four events in a statewide effort to identify ways to “develop the next generation of technology-savvy farm workers.” (Contributed)Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, joins Steve McShane, president of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a “talk by the fire” on April 13th. The chamber joined the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology on April 13th. CDFA and Hartnell College to present AgTechX Ed, the third of four events in a statewide effort to identify ways to “develop the next generation of technology-savvy farm workers.” (Contributed)
Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, joins Steve McShane, president of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, in a “talk by the fire” on April 13th. The chamber joined the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology on April 13th. CDFA and Hartnell College to present AgTechX Ed, the third of four events in a statewide effort to identify ways to “develop the next generation of technology-savvy farm workers.” (Contributed)

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