The future of agriculture is rapidly evolving, and to keep pace, it’s crucial to develop a tech-savvy workforce. On Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 1:00 PM, Sierra College will host the AgTechX Ed Summit, a half-day event dedicated to shaping the next generation of agricultural workers with the skills necessary to navigate emerging on-farm technology.
The summit, “DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECH-SAVVY AG WORKERS,” a collaborative effort between the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and Sierra College, promises to be an informative and engaging event. The summit’s focal points will be three-panel discussions, each addressing essential aspects of the agricultural industry’s workforce and technological evolution.
Details are provided below:
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 1:00 PM
5100 Sierra College Blvd
Rocklin, CA 95677
Campus Center, Building K
Panel #1: Industry Issues and Skill Identification (1:20 PM)
The first panel, scheduled for 1:20 PM, will gather industry experts who will discuss and offer insights into specific skill gaps, emerging trends, and the upcoming skills required in the agricultural sector. The goal is to identify areas where workers need upskilling and explore ways to bridge these gaps effectively.
Panel #2: Education and Workforce Development Strategies (2:00 PM)
Educators from regional colleges and universities will take the stage at 2:00 PM to delve into the current and future workforce development strategies in agricultural technology. Discussions will include curriculum implementation, certificates, and degrees designed to equip the workforce with the skills needed for success in modern agriculture.
Networking Break (2:45 PM)
A networking break at 2:45 PM will allow attendees to connect with fellow participants, share insights, and build valuable connections in the agricultural tech community.
Panel #3: Industry Leaders (3:15 PM)
At 3:15 PM, leaders from companies across the region, state, and country will share their insights and tactics for building a workforce that meets the demands of the rapidly evolving agriculture industry. This panel promises to provide valuable strategies for securing a sufficient and highly skilled workforce.
Fireside Chat with Karen Ross (4:00 PM)
A highlight of the summit will be the Fireside Chat with Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. With her extensive leadership experience in agriculture, Secretary Ross will engage in an in-depth discussion on cultivating local talent through partnerships between government, industry, and education.
Mixer & Dinner with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross (5:00 PM)
To wrap up the event, attendees are invited to a Mixer & Dinner at 5:00 PM, offering the chance for a “Meet and Greet” with AgTechX Ed participants, panelists, Sierra College members, and CDFA Secretary Karen Ross herself.
This educational seminar is part of the broader AgTechX Ed Initiative, led by Western Growers and Secretary Karen Ross, aimed at creating a future workforce with the skills and knowledge required to excel in the evolving field of agricultural technology.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of shaping the future of agriculture. Register for the AgTechX Ed Summit today to help develop the skills needed for tomorrow’s agricultural workforce. For registration and more information, visit the event website HERE.