SALINAS, Calif. — Sponsors and exhibitors for the Sixth Annual Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit are signing up in advance of a Feb. 15 deadline to join in presenting this major agribusiness conference on March 26-27 at Hartnell College in Salinas.
With a theme of “Tomorrow’s Technology You Can Use Today,” the 2019 summit will focus on the rapid applicability of emerging technologies to achieve strategic advantages in all aspects of fresh produce growing, processing, sales, marketing and distribution.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Vonnie Estes, the new vice president of technology for the Produce Marketing Association. Her role is to bring technology to the produce industry across the supply chain, working with both technology companies and the industry to identify and solve pressing needs.
“The Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit is one of the most important events in the Central Coast region,” said summit chair Nick Pasculli, founder, president and creative director of TMD, a Salinas-based creative services agency with many clients in the produce industry. “It brings together the brightest minds in ag production and technology, all for the benefit of increasing sustainability and making industry stronger as we feed the world and build a thriving economy.”
As in years past, the Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit will provide unique opportunities for learning and networking while supporting agribusiness students and programs at Hartnell. It also will spotlight the Salinas Valley’s emergence as an incubator and hub for innovation and development in ag tech.
The summit will open with a President’s Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, featuring local wines and hors d’oeuvres and participation by esteemed industry leaders. The main Ag Tech Summit program will be on March 27, beginning with continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. The day’s schedule will feature three educational tracks: Ag Business, Ag Production and CAPCA continuing education. Ongoing throughout the day will be a vendor trade show, hands-on demonstrations and more.
Event admission ranges from $30 to $60 depending on early registration, as well as a new combined main event Summit and President’s Opening Reception ticket option. Community members, ag industry members, growers, PCAs, CCAs, QALs, pilots, students and participants in ag tech and software industries are encouraged to attend. The event is organized by the Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA).
As the exhibitor and sponsorship registration deadline approaches, opportunities remain for prime visibility and location within the summit’s physical space and developing conference agenda.
The sixth annual event will be bigger and better than ever, Pasculli said, with more than 1,000 participants expected, as well as more than 100 exhibitors and a talented group of dynamic and thought-provoking speakers. Presentations are likely to again cover such topics as crop protection, the future of farming, automation, harvest technology, worker safety and more.
Exhibitor options include single and double booths, either indoor or outdoor, including one or more tickets to the March 26 reception. Non-profit and start-up packages are available.
A wide range of sponsorship levels also are available, beginning at the $1,000 Gold Level and ranging up to the $10,000 Presenting Level, which includes a program logo, double booth space, website acknowledgment, two-minute stage commercial, six tickets to the March 26 reception and 25 tickets to Main Day events. Additionally, opportunities also exist for special sponsorship of keynote addresses and more.
Exhibitor, sponsor and other program information can be found at: http://svagtechsummit.com/
–Salinas Valley Ag Tech Summit
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