Ag Tech Summit draws record numbers of guests into the Alisal Campus

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2017

On April 12, 2017 Hartnell College Agricultural Business and Technology Institute hosted the Fourth Annual Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit at our Alisal Campus. The day-long event, was free and open to the public. This year’s tagline and theme was “where real tech meets real ag;” the summit is meant to connect and showcase the latest technologies and trends in the industry to farmers, entrepreneurs and investors in the ag tech sector. At the same time, the event also intends to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture technology, security and safety.

This year’s Summit made history drawing about 750 attendees - almost double compared to last year. Many of the guests were members of the agriculture industry, Ag students, Hartnell staff, and entrepreneurs.

Keynote speakers of the day were: Bob Grey, formerly with California Ag Leadership; and Glenda Humiston, Vice President of the University of California division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Emcee for this summit was Dennis Donohue.

Hartnell College would like to acknowledge and praise the work and effort of our community to organize the event. Special thanks to lead organizer, City Councilman, Steve McShane and presenting sponsor, The City of Salinas.  We appreciate the support of all our sponsors in the Diamond, Platinum, and Gold tiers.  The Exhibitors were a hit! And the committee did an outstanding job.  We are proud to be a part of the region’s efforts to expand ag tech through leadership and innovation.