US: Strawberry experts share latest advances at Cal Poly summit

Wednesday, as part of the Second Automation Summit at the university, the California Strawberry Commission teamed up with the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to talk about the future of strawberry production.

The all-day conference focused on the latest advances in production automation. Experts discussed on-farm robotics and how to integrate digital technologies in strawberry production.

“The Automation Summit is the only commodity-specific agriculture technology conference in the world. This is an example of how the partnership between the California Strawberry Commission and Cal Poly has brought together industry, academia, and technology to continue the history of innovation by California strawberry farmers,” California Strawberry Commission President Rick Tomlinson said. “We can’t wait for disruption to come to us; we must seek innovation and lead change.”

According to¸ the commission recently committed up to $5 million over five years to establish and grow the Cal Poly Strawberry Center. The commission originally invested $1 million in 2014, and the funds were used to launch the Cal Poly Strawberry Center. The center has 10 acres of farmland and a team of faculty members who specialize in plants.

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