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Advancing Regional Agriculture this Summer

The Sacramento region, America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, is having one honeydew of a summer. Aside from the sure to be record-breaking Farm-to-Fork Week festivities, two upcoming events in particular will take place right here in our region, spotlighting our growing food and agriculture economy and raising our profile globally.

The Metro Chamber’s State of Agriculture event, coming up on August 12th, is an excellent opportunity to build momentum for our regional food system – a key economic driver and our foremost comparative advantage over competing metros.

The Chamber has put together a standout program. Keynote speaker Jim Wiesemeyer of Informa Economics is a nationally recognized expert on the economics of food and agriculture, an all-star panel discussion moderated by KVIE’s Rob Stewart includes local leaders such as Donald Bransford of Bransford Farms, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon of the City of West Sacramento, Dr. Helene Dillard of UC Davis, Michael Passmore of Passmore Ranch, and Chris Turkovich of Turkovich Family Wines. The panel will discuss the bounty of the region and the growing importance of our agriculture economy. A Farm-to-Fork lunch will also be provided, so sign up now to reserve your spot! Please note that through Friday, July 22nd, tickets to the event can be purchased at a discounted rate. The State of Agriculture luncheon takes place from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency on L Street in Sacramento on August 12th.

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The second event is the two-day Farm Tank Summit, hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based Food Tank in partnership with the Sacramento Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Farm-to-Fork Program, and UC Davis. Food Tank is a globally recognized food policy and innovation organization, and this event affirms that Sacramento is on the map when it comes to advancing the leading edge of food and agriculture. This is the third in a series of four two-day summits held around the world and will bring together some of the globe’s most impactful food system leaders.

Confirmed speakers include an eclectic group of nationally recognized food and ag innovators as well as Valley Vision partners like Nick Papadopoulos of CropMobster, Mary Kimball of the Center for Land-Based Learning, Andrea Lepore of Hot Italian, Blake Young of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh to You, and Gabe Youtsey of UC ANR.

The first day of Farm Tank includes stage-setting talks and panels on a variety of timely issues, from agricultural technology to sustainability to new business models and practices. The entire first day will be live-streamed so people all over the world can see the energy and excitement around food and agriculture here in the Sacramento area. In fact, over 30,000 people tuned in to the livestream for the sold-out D.C. summit. The second day is devoted to site visits and field trips to some of the coolest and most high-tech farms, facilities, and fooderies the region has to offer. Register now to support your food economy! Farm Tank is taking place on September 22nd and 23rd in Sacramento and around the region.

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Trish Kelly is Senior Vice President of Valley Vision working in the food system, workforce, broadband, and land use portfolios.

Adrian Rehn is a Valley Vision Project Associate working in the food system, broadband, and communications portfolios.

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