• March 26-27, 2019
  • 411 Central Ave. Salinas, CA 93901

Education Sessions

March 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:15 am

Education Track 2

Handheld App for Ranch/PCA Management Decisions

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Michael Cahn, University of California Cooperative Extension
Dr. Forrest Melton, CSU Monterey Bay School of Natural Sciences
Best Management Decisions to Reduce Herbicide Resistance
Richard Smith, University of California Cooperative Extension
Leading the Pack in Pathogen Detection: Unparalleled Accuracy and Cutting Edge Technology for the Greatest Precision
Krisen Singh, Trace Genomics

March 28 @ 9:15 am - 10:00 am

Education Track 2

Exclusion and Detection of Exotic Insect Pests

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Cara Brents, Monterey County Ag Commissioner’s Office

March 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Education Track 1

Blockchain: How Will It Affect the Agriculture Industry?

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

Dr. Sumadhur Shakya, CSU Monterey Bay, College of Business/Agribusiness

Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association


March 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:15 am
March 28 @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am

Education Track 2

Pesticide Use Near Schools and Brief Update on 2018 Laws and Regulations

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Brandi Martin, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

March 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Education Track 1

Rural Broadband Capacity for Ag Tech

Robert Tse, USDA CA Rural Development

Rural Broadband Capacity for Ag Tech: Salinas Valley Potential / Perspective

Clint Cowden , Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute

VINE: Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship

Gabriel Youtsey, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources


March 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Education Track 2

Mildew, Verticillium, and Other Disease Challenges on the Coast

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Steve Koike, TriCal Diagnostics

March 28 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Education Track 1

Water Quality and Safety Technicians – High School to Farm/Facility

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

Dr. Corin Slown, CSU Monterey Bay, School of Natural Sciences

MakerSpace at Hartnell College

Maggie Melone Echiburu, Hartnell College K-12 STEM, NASA MAA, CoderDojo

Robotics in the High School

William Thompson, Salinas Union High School

Community, Innovation & Biotechnology: Toward a Diversified Economic Future for the Salinas Valley

Rolando Cruz Perez, Stanford University doctoral student


March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Education Track 1

Electric Tractors and Regenerative Agriculture

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

Steve Heckeroth, Solectrac


March 28 @ 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Education Track 2

Understanding Bee Behavior and Pesticide Vulnerability

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Les Crowder, For The Love of Bees

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Education Track 1

Water Sampling Techniques to Identify Ground Water Contaminants

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

Dr. Corin Slown, CSU Monterey Bay, School of Natural Sciences

David Holland, Monterey Bay Analytical Services, Inc

NOTE: This talk is eligible for 1 hour of CCA credit


March 28 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Education Track 2

Using Mechanized Transplanting as Part of an IPM Program

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Brian Antle, PlantTape

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Education Track 1

STEM Focus Group in Room S130

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

Robert Tse, USDA CA Rural Development
NOTE: Participation open to public with topic focus on STEM accessibility

Education Track 2

Pitch Competition: Early Stage Ideas & StartUp Ag Tech Companies

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

15 startups competing

March 28 @ 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Education Track 2

Diagnostic Strategies and Approaches

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Steve Koike, TriCal Diagnostics

March 28 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Education Track 2

Next Generation Aerial Imagery Technology to Prevent Crop Diseases

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Yinon Eliaz, Taranis
The Use of Parabug To Release Beneficial Insects by Drone
Chandler Bennett, Parabug

March 28 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Education Track 1

Community Biotechnology Focus Group

Hartnell College – Main Campus – STEM Center (Building S)

Rolando Cruz Perez, Stanford University doctoral candidate and Hartnell College alum
NOTE: Participation open to public with topic focus on MakerSpaces & Biotechnology in Salinas


March 28 @ 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Education Track 2

Using Mobile Devices to Replace Paperwork in the Field

Hartnell College – Main Campus – Student Center (Building C)

Patrick Zelaya, Heavy Connect