Greetings from Braga Fresh, Salinas Valley!

Greetings from Braga Fresh, Salinas Valley!

As we prepare for the 2024 Salinas Biological Summit in June, Jacqui and I were delighted to be back in California two weeks ago.

During this visit, we joined 100 growers at ‘The Nexus of Soil Health and AgTech: Field Day at Braga Fresh’ in Soledad. A Western Grower Science event, the day featured presentations and in-field demonstrations of some of the latest agtech solutions being deployed by growers in the Salinas Valley.

The venue was appropriate. Braga Fresh is a family-owned property, growing fresh conventional and organic product across 20,000 acres in several different locations. The Field Day also provided me with a unique opportunity to meet and engage with a number of growers 1-2-1. The problems and challenges they face are familiar; labor, water, regulation and the ever-increasing cost of inputs.

One of the key themes that emerged from yesterday’s Field Day was the increasing interest in regenerative agriculture. A number of speakers provided science-based evidence which demonstrated its benefits for both soil and plant health. This in turn was supported by on-farm data that provided the hard numbers on ROI returns – typically to be earned 2-3 years after a system-based regen strategy had been implemented.

Many of the growers attending the Field Day are attending the Salinas Biological Summit in June. Increasing regulation (another key theme yesterday) around reducing synthetic chemical use means that growers are having to look at alternative inputs to improve plant health (& yield) as well as manage pest and disease damage to crops. The Salinas Summit ProgramSpeakers and launch of the Platform10 Global Partner Network and its international component in June are well-timed to meet this need.

Initial 2024 Salinas Biological Summit Speakers revealed

Initial 2024 Salinas Biological Summit Speakers revealed

Following last year’s sell-out 2023 Salinas Biological Summit, we are delighted to introduce you to some of the awesome speakers and experts we have lined up for this year’s 2024 Summit June.
  • Amy O’Shea – President and CEO, Certis Biologicals
  • Carl Casale – Founder, Ospraie Ag Science
  • Don Cameron – President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture; VP and GM of Terranova Ranch
  • Jerry Baron – Executive Director, The IR-4 Project
  • Josette Lewis – Chief Scientific Officer, Almond Board of California
  • Julie Henderson – Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation
  • Keith Pitts – SVP, Sustainability and Regulatory Strategy, Bioceres Crop Solutions
  • Kevin Andrew – SVP, Operations, Illume
  • Pam Marrone – Co-founder & Executive Chair, Invasive Species Foundation and Invasive Species Corporation
  • Adrian Percy – Executive Director, N.C Plant Sciences Initiative
  • Secretary Karen Ross – California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • Sherry Frey – VP, Total Wellness – NielsenIQ
  • Stuart Woolf – Chair, Western Growers; President and CEO of Woolf Farming & Processing
  • Terry Stone – Global Biologicals Regulatory Policy Leader, Corteva Agriscience
We’ll be sharing details of further speakers over the coming weeks. With a number of international delegations planning to attend, this year’s 2024 Summit will bring growers, researchers, agritech companies and policy-makers together from around the world.
SAVE THE DATE: The 2024 Salinas Biological Summit

SAVE THE DATE: The 2024 Salinas Biological Summit

Wharf42 and Western Growers are delighted to announce the dates of the 2024 Salinas Biological Summit.

The Summit will take place in Salinas on 25-25 June, 2024. Following this year’s sell-out event, we are excited about the opportunity to build on what we achieved in June. This will become an annual event, supported by growers everywhere. All too often, agritech-focused conferences miss the grower input. We aim to put them at the center of the conversation.

As the call from regulators and consumers for ‘less chemicals, more biologicals’ grow, we will once again invite international experts to take to the stage. We learnt lessons in 2023 and this will mean more delegate engagement in 2024.

To receive regular updates as we build the Summit Program, please register your interest at

The 2024 Summit is going to be a blast!