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GROWING INNOVATIONS assembles a roster of innovative growers, technology innovators and industry leaders to lead sessions offering compelling and timely information on the key strategic issues facing specialty crop growers.
Cannon Michael is President/CEO of Bowles Farming Co., a producer of cotton, tomatoes, and almonds headquartered in Los Banos, CA. (more…)
Ed Treacy is Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies, Produce Marketing Association (PMA). (more…)
Heidi Centola is Senior Account Executive, New Markets for IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, based in the Phoenix, AZ, area. (more…)
Leonard Batti is Vice President of Taylor Farms in Salinas, CA, a major producer and processor of fresh vegetables. (more…)
Art Van Wingerden is Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Metrolina Greenhouses, a large and progressive greenhouse operation with facilities in Huntersville, NC, and York, SC. (more…)
Brian Antle is President of PlantTape, a global automated transplanting system owned by Tanimura & Antle, a major producer of vegetables headquartered in Salinas, CA. (more…)
Chris Drew is Vice President of Operations for Ocean Mist Farms, a major grower of fresh vegetables with headquarters in Castroville, CA. (more…)
Danny Royer is Vice President of Technology for Bowles Farming Co., a producer of cotton, tomatoes, and almonds headquartered in Los Banos, CA. (more…)
Dave Malenfant is Director, Outreach & Partnerships, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, at the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business in Fort Worth, TX. (more…)
Dennis Donohue is the Consulting Director for Western Growers’ Center for Innovation and Technology based in Salinas, CA. (more…)
Gaëtan Séverac is co-founder and COO of Naio Technologies, a Toulouse, France, developer and marketer of robots for agriculture and viticulture. (more…)
Jim Sulecki is Chief Content Officer and Head of Global Precision Initiative, Meister Media Worldwide, organizers of Growing Innovations along with NXT Media Group. (more…)
Joe Petrocco is Vice President of Petrocco Farms, a producer of more than 2,000 acres of mixed vegetables in the Brighton, CO, area. (more…)
Michael Cahn is an Irrigation and Water Resource Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension in Salinas, CA, (more…)
Richard Jones has 20 years of experience covering new technology and grower solutions in the commercial U.S. fruit, vegetable, greenhouse ornamental, and garden retail markets for Meister Media Worldwide. (more…)
Robert Blair is a private consultant and fourth-generation farmer from north-central Idaho managing 1,300 dryland acres including peas, chickpeas, wheat, barley, lentils, and alfalfa. (more…)
Dr. Steve Fennimore is an Extension Specialist with the University of California, Davis, located at Salinas, CA. (more…)
M. Vincent Restucci is Director of Procurement & Business Technology for R.D. Offutt Company, a major grower of potatoes headquartered in Fargo, ND. (more…)