‘Next Generation’ Symposium Set for Female Farmers Event to spotlight women in agriculture and agtech

Next generation female farmers?
Women in agriculture and agtech spotlight symposium
By Amy Wu and Iris Nolasco

On Feb. 28, 2018 the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB), will host a half day symposium featuring women in agriculture, technology, and agtech. Speakers include women well-known in the region’s agriculture industry including Lorri Koster the CEO and chair of Mann Packing, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin the head of community development at Taylor Farms and Pam Marrone the CEO and founder of NASDAQ-listed Marrone Bio Innovations. The city of Salinas’ manager Ray Corpuz and Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo are also expected to make appearances.

The Institute is focused on economic development that supports entrepreneurs and innovators on the West Coast, by connecting students, and the community in leading the global marketplace.

This event features women leaders in agriculture, technology, or a combination of both via agtech. It will be moderated by female journalists.

The symposium’s agriculture panel will be moderated by Amy Wu, journalist and founder and director of From Farms to Incubators, who will launch a discussion about opportunities and challenges in the sector with a focus on what kinds of skills are needed for knowledge-based jobs in farming in the 21st century.

She hopes it will give young people a chance to learn about the many new opportunities in agriculture and agtech, and come away with a better understanding of what skills employers are seeking.

Wu came up with the idea for the symposium about a year ago and was inspired by interest in women in agtech she received after the release of her documentary “From Farms to Incubators,” which profiles minority women entrepreneurs in agtech. The documentary was first shown at a private screening at the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology last February.

She approached CSUMB with the idea and the collaboration between Wu CSUMB has been excellent, she said.

The symposium is also sponsored by the City of Salinas, Pisoni Vineyards, Santa Cruz Tech Beat and From Farms to Incubators. It is free and open to the community.

Click on this link to register for the event.

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