Milken Institute Summit - California 2012

Milken Institute Summit - California 2012

California Agriculture: Ripe for Innovation

Thursday, November 15, 2012 / 10:05 am - 11:20 am

California has long been America's produce section, turning out almost 12 percent of U.S. crops in 2010 with just 3.7 percent of the nation's farms. But getting there took great innovation on the part of California agribusiness. This vitally important sector has led the way in irrigation technology, chemical fertilizers and food processing. Due to rising global food prices and recurring water shortages, California's $37.5 billion agriculture sector is at the forefront of developing new agriculture-related technologies. It is also testing technologies from beyond its boundaries in areas such as water efficiency and biomass energy. This panel will examine the significant role of innovation in California agribusiness, and how research and technology affect the state's economy as a whole.


Paul Wenger

President, California Farm Bureau Federation


W. Andrew Beckstoffer

Chairman and CEO, Beckstoffer Vineyards

Vernon Crowder

Senior Vice President and Agricultural Economist, Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research Advisory Group

Jeffrey Dunn

President and CEO, Bolthouse Farms

Jay Famiglietti

Professor and Director, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, University of California, Irvine

Karen Ross

Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

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