Agriculture Technology: Innovation, Startups and Workforce Readiness

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

Presented by the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and the Assembly Select Committee on Economic Development And Investment in Rural California

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hartnell College - Alisal Campus, Salinas

AGENDA

1. Welcome and Opening Comments :  Assembly Member Caballero and Members
2. The Start-Up Ecosystem: An Innovation Platform Sprouts in Salinas  

Mayor Joe Gunter, City of Salinas
Dennis Donohue, Western Growers Innovation and Tech Center
Mareese Keane, Platform Director, THRIVE Accelerator
Seana Day, Partner, The Mixing Bowl – Better Food Ventures

3. Readying Rural Students for Tech Innovations in Agriculture

Dr. Susan Pheasant, Director, Agricultural, Business and Technology Institute, Hartnell College
Maggie Melone-Echiburú, Program Director, DojoCoder and CSin3 Hartnell College
Terry Brase, Agricultural Science Instructor, Farm of the Future West Hills Community College
Nancy Gutierrez, Statewide Sector Navigator: Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies, California Community Colleges

4. Workforce Readiness: Opportunities and Challenges

Nathan Harkleroad, Education Program Manager, Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
Jacob Martinez, Founder and Executive Director, Digital NEST
Marco Lizarraga, Executive Director, La Cooperativa Campesina

5. Public Comments

6. Closing Remarks: Assembly Member Caballero and Committee Members