Hartnell to host Fifth Annual Ag Tech Summit in March

Publish Date: 
Jan 17, 2018

Hartnell College to host Fifth Annual Ag Tech Summit in March

SALINAS, Calif.   The Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) invites you to participate in the Fifth Annual Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit.  It will be on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM at Hartnell College’s Main Campus located at 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA.

Two educational tracks are specific to continuing education credit hours in the areas of laws and regulations, new technologies for pest management, aerial Ag tech, understanding bee behavior/vulnerability, increasing student interest in related Ag careers, and much more.  A third educational track addresses overarching Ag technologies with respect to rural broadband, food safety, robotics and ergonomics, mechanization, and harvest assist technologies.

Admission to the event is free and includes a sponsored lunch.  Growers, PCAs, CCAs, QALs, pilots, students, growers, and members of the Ag tech and software industries are encouraged to attend.  Agriculture professionals with PCA, QAL or QAC certifications will receive ongoing education credits by the Department of Pesticide Regulation for attendance. 

Ag Tech Summit Advisory Committee Chairperson, Nick Pasculli is enthusiastic about the growth of this event, as it has doubled in size each year. “We have intentionally moved to the main campus to accommodate this growth and emphasize the connection of STEM and Agriculture as Hartnell prepares students to be leaders contributing to the creation and implementation of ag tech solutions throughout the entire supply chain within a global agriculture marketplace,” exclaimed Pasculli.

In addition to the three educational tracks, the event will feature an all-day trade show and Ag tech product/service demonstrations.  Included in the trade show will be the Monterey CAPCA’s booth featuring an internship and job portal for employers seeking new employees/interns and students seeking jobs or internships.  A pitch competition room is also available for those with new Ag tech ideas and/or start-up companies looking for investors and implementers. 

Dr. Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association will lead off with the morning keynote presentation and Robert L. Gunther of United Fresh Produce Association will provide the afternoon keynote presentation.

Registration for the event is on-line at: http://svagtechsummit.com/register/  

Exhibitor, Sponsor and Program information can be found at:  www.sv-ag-summit.com

Hartnell College Director of Agriculture Innovation and Technology, Dr. Susan Pheasant, says that this event is a way to highlight the state of the agriculture industry as it mobilizes agricultural technologies to create efficiencies throughout the entire supply chain and adds, “We want to facilitate collaborations amongst the Salinas Valley and the Silicon Valley.  This event, in particular, brings together the hands-on applications with defined needs and a growing regional talent pool." 

Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute and the Monterey CAPCA Chapter encourage your registration and participation. 

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides associate degree and certificate programs, workforce-training, courses in basic skills, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world-class education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu