Farming meets science in California’s agtech industry, and the Central Coast has both in abundance.
The region’s deep agricultural roots and celebrated wine industry — spanning Paso Robles, SLO Coastal, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara — are reaching into the future with precision farming and innovative sustainability practices to conserve water, increase efficiency and boost profitability.
These practices have boosted crop values and the industry’s economic impact by more than a third over the last decade. With the Central Coast’s strong sense of stewardship for its natural assets, advancing sustainability is a key focus to ensuring the land continues to provide for generations to come.
Hortau among Top 100 AI Companies to Watch in 2023
Hortau’s patented irrigation management system has been helping growers keep their plants healthy and use their inputs more efficiently.
TRIC Robotics targets pests with "giant roomba"
TRIC Robotics is revolutionizing pest control, using ultraviolet light in place of chemical pesticides to help farmers control pests and disease.
Apeel tops list of startups raising record sums to cut food waste
Thanks to $640 million in funding, Apeel’s rot-reduction coatings for produce are available at top food retailers in the United States and Europe.
SLO + Santa Barbara County crop value 2021
2021 agtech investment in CA, more than next 10 states combined
R&D ag acres at Cal Poly
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The top 5 College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences cultivates partnerships and innovation through applied research centers including the Irrigation Training & Research Center, the new $22 million Justin and J.Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture, and the Strawberry Center.
The Central Coast is home to an abundant agricultural ecosystem, with two active Farm Bureaus, a handful of wine region alliances and specialized business services such as banking and insurance. A SLO County Farm Trail connects the industry to the region’s thriving tourism scene.
The college has a rapidly growing agriculture program — including an industrial hemp research program and a National Science Foundation-funded project advancing precision agriculture through industry partnerships — as well as viticulture and enology.
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