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Western Growers to update tech initiative at WAE

The organization will launch its annual harvest automation report, preview robotics forum.

Farm Press Staff

January 6, 2022

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A Burro automated platform is demonstrated at Western Growers' rollout of its Global Harvest Automation Initiative at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif., in February 2021.Western Growers

Western Growers will update its plans to automate specialty-crop harvests in the West with a pair of rollouts at the World Ag Expo.

The produce growers' group will have a booth at the in-person expo Feb. 8-10 in Tulare, Calif., and will share what Vice President of Innovation Walt Duflock is calling "some big news":

  • Launch of Harvest Automation Report: WG will officially reveal the Harvest Automation report – the industry’s first in-depth look at how harvest automation is performing in fields, with detailed looks at the issues and startups solving some of the toughest challenges.

  • U.S. Launch of FIRA USA (California Ag Robotics Forum): WG will announce details about the California Ag Robotics Forum – a 3-day conference, which will be in Fresno from October 18-20, 2022, dedicated to specialty crop robotics and automation solutions. The event will include a full day on R&D, a full day on commercialization, and a full day of in-field demos.

The announcements will come a year after Western Growers held a hybrid in-person and virtual event at the International Agri-Center to launch an ambitious Global Harvest Automation Initiative, in which dozens of international partners will seek to automate 50% of harvests over the next 10 years.

For more details on WG’s plans for this year's Expo, click here.

Source: Western Growers, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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