DAVIS, Calif. -- This summer, venture capitalists from Silicon Valley and agriculturalists from throughout California will meet to explore possible investment opportunities within agriculture that can create new ag-related companies, jobs and economic activity throughout the state.


The California Agriculture Innovation Conference, set for July 20 and 21st at Freeborn Hall at UC Davis, marks the first time that the Silicon Valley will be focusing on the Central Valley and beyond for potential investment opportunities within the state's agricultural industry.  Conference organizers believe that by bringing the venture capital community together with the agricultural community, there will be tremendous potential to create an innovative technology hub for agriculture in the Central Valley as was done in the Silicon Valley for high tech.


"This conference is a must for everyone involved in California agriculture including growers, ag tech companies, suppliers, marketers, financers, investors, educators and government officials," said Jon Gregory, CEO of Grow-California, which is holding the two-day event.  He added, "Considering agriculture's huge impact on California's economy, this is a unique opportunity to showcase agriculture's innovative success stories while introducing some of the biggest names in the investment community to the agricultural industry."


The California Agriculture Innovation Conference is a vitally important step in maintaining California's leading role as the world's premier provider of food and fiber.  At the end of the conference, 12 California agricultural businesses will be recognized with the first "Game Changer of the Year awards for their focus on innovation and their contributions to California's economic growth.


For information about the conference including how to register, visit: http://www.grow-california.com/.


Source: California Agriculture Innovation Conference