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Forbes Media Announces New Key Speakers to First-Ever
“Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit,”
July 8-9, 2015, in Salinas Valley
Speakers Include Dr. Robert Fraley, EVP and CTO of Monsanto; Neal Gutterson, VP
Research of DuPont; and Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms, among
SALINAS, CA (April 1, 2015) – Forbes, in partnership with SVG Partners and The Steinbeck Innovation
Cluster, announced that Dr. Robert Fraley, EVP and CTO of Monsanto and Neal Gutterson, VP Research
of DuPont will join Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms and others as speakers at its firstever “Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” in Salinas Valley, California, on July 8-9, 2015.
This invitation-only event is expected to bring together several hundred of the smartest minds in Silicon
Valley and global agriculture in the Salinas Valley to tackle some of the world's most critical challenges.
From biotech and precision farming to big data's role in feeding a planet of eight billion people, “Forbes
Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” will explore topics at the core of this vital trend, and
promises to be the definitive gathering for leaders at the intersection of technology and agriculture.
“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,” said Joe
Gunter, Mayor of Salinas. “‘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.”
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 and Mayor of the City of Chicago Rahm Emanuel; 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; and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Partners and sponsors include Silicon Valley Global Partners, The Steinbeck Innovation Foundation, the
City of Salinas and Dole.
For more information, please visit http://www.forbesconferences.com/event/2015-forbes-reinventingamerica-the-agtech-summit/#overview. To request an invitation to the Summit, please visit
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About SVG Partners
SVG Partners is an investment and advisory firm that partners with public and private organizations on
strategy, innovation and global expansion. Our investment focus is on early stage companies with
disruptive technologies. Our team consists of accomplished technology leaders who want to apply their
experience and passion to help portfolio companies succeed. We also leverage our vast global network
allowing us to connect portfolio companies in meaningful ways to accelerate their success and
exit opportunities.
About The Steinbeck Innovation Foundation
The Steinbeck Innovation Foundation is building a new development model, seeded by city government
and led by private industry. The Steinbeck Innovation Foundation’s model is composed of four pillars of
development support: Education (including training and advanced research); Startup acceleration;
Investment; Corporate strategic engagement. Salinas’ industrial cluster – dubbed the Steinbeck
innovation cluster – leverages an innovative network of civic, academic, technological, corporate, and
philanthropic partners to help younger generations become entrepreneurs, drive innovation in fields
and factories, and bring high tech to industrial zones.
About Thrive Program
Thrive Accelerator, launched by SVG Partners in July 2014, is a highly selective mentorship and
investment program for technology-enabled startups in the Precision Agriculture space. Ten startup
companies are being selected to gather and connect in the Salinas area for mentorship, collaboration
and direct access to the top fresh agriculture companies in the world. This program is designed to help
today’s top innovators turn their dreams of revolutionizing agriculture into reality. Through Thrive
Accelerator, select companies will gain access to the best expertise and resources of top agriculture and
tech companies to help deploy their innovative new technologies.
About the City of Salinas & Salinas Valley, Calif.
Located one hour south of Silicon Valley and minutes from the Monterey Peninsula, the Salinas Valley is
the largest producer of fresh food in the country, home to a $9 billion agriculture industry, and tied in
with the Monterey Peninsula's academic and marine research clusters. The city of Salinas is the
industrial, commercial and residential hub of the Salinas Valley, and the logical epicenter of the “smart
farming” movement that brings together the best in farming, technology, sustainability, water and
energy innovation. A growing global agriculture-technology hub, the Salinas Valley is home to some of
the world’s largest fresh food companies.
About Dole
Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh
fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in
nutrition education and research. This year, Dole is partnering with the Dole Nutrition Institute to
present Get Up and Grow!, a healthy-lifestyle initiative giving North Americans more than a dozen
tangible ways to improve their nutritional well-being. A highlight of the program is the Get Up and
Grow! Tour, which is bringing health and nutrition insights, recipes, free tastes and unique hands-on
experiences to 480 supermarkets and special events throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more
information, or to take the Get Up and Grow! Healthy Living Pledge, visit
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