Forbes Announces Bruce Taylor, Dr. Robert Fraley, and Neal Gutterson As Speakers to First-Ever “Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit”
SALINAS, CA - A gathering of technology, business, and agricultural industries will converge in Salinas Valley, California, in July for Forbes' first-ever “Forbes Reinventing America: The Ag Tech Summit.” The event will address the possibilities of technology and its relationship to produce, as well as food production. One of those familiar with the event, as well as huge supporter of the cause, is Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms, who has just been announced as one of the guest speakers.
From July 8 to 9, 2015, in partnership with SVG Partners and The Steinbeck Innovation Cluster, Forbes will also be welcoming speakers Dr. Robert Fraley, EVP and CTO of Monsanto Neal Gutterson, VP Research of DuPont.
“As the nation’s largest producer of fresh food and a burgeoning ag-tech hub, the city of Salinas is excited to host some of the top leaders and innovators in agriculture and technology this July,” Joe Gunter, Mayor of Salinas, said, according to a press release. “‘The AgTech Summit’ will be an important milestone not only for the Salinas Valley, but also the global ag-tech industry. We believe our tremendous strengths in agriculture and close proximity to Silicon Valley uniquely position our region as a hotbed for this industry.”
Expected to bring a collection of several hundred of the smartest minds in Silicon Valley, as well as those of global agriculture in the Salinas Valley, this invitation-only event is set to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges including biotech farming, precision farming, and big data's role in feeding a planet of eight billion people.
Exploring topics at the core of vital trends, past speakers from Forbes’ Reinventing America Summits include:
- Harold G. Hamm, Chairman and CEO Continental Resources
- Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel of the City of Chicago
- Sam Zell, Chairman and Founder, Equity Group Investments
- Indiana Governor Mike Pence
- Steve Case, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Revolution
- David Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
- Russell Stokes, President & CEO, GE Transportation
- North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
According to a press release, this is to be a definitive gathering for leaders taking place at an “intersection of technology and agriculture.” Partners and sponsors include Silicon Valley Global Partners, The Steinbeck Innovation Foundation, the City of Salinas and Dole.