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Source: Forbes magazine

Forbes, in partnership with SVG Partners and The Steinbeck Innovation Cluster, announced today that it will host the "Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit" in Salinas Valley, California, in July 2015.

This invitation-only event is expected to bring together several hundred of the smartest minds in Silicon Valley and global agriculture in the Salinas Valley to tackle some of the world's most critical challenges.

From biotech and precision farming to big data's role in feeding a planet of eight billion people, "Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit" will explore topics at the core of this vital trend, and promises to be the definitive gathering for leaders at the intersection of technology and agriculture.

"I'm thrilled to welcome the 'Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit' and its attendees, who come from some of the world's largest agriculture and tech companies," said Joe Gunter, Mayor of Salinas. "This is a great win for the Steinbeck innovation cluster, for the ag industry and for the Salinas Valley, the emerging AgTech capital of the nation."

For the past three years, Forbes magazine's Reinventing America series has been covering the innovation and disruption taking place across America's industrial heartland. Following the success of the inaugural "Forbes Reinventing America Summit" in Chicago, which took place March 26-28, 2014, the AgTech Summit will form part of a series of "Forbes Reinventing America Summits" taking place in 2015.

"By leveraging the power of the Forbes brand to convene influential thought leaders, we're excited to expand the 'Forbes Reinventing America Summit' series with the AgTech Summit next year," said Mike Federle, Forbes Media Chief Operating Officer.

"The goal of the AgTech Summit is to find innovative solutions to some of the world's most critical farming challenges, and there's no better place for this event than in the Salinas Valley, where tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and experts from the global hub of agriculture intersect."

"We are delighted to partner with Forbes to create a global agriculture and technology summit that's focused on twenty-first-century challenges and opportunities related to food, water, energy and innovation in sustainability," said John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Partners.

"This summit is a fantastic opportunity for the AgTech community to discuss real solutions in accelerating new technologies and capabilities in farming," said Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms.

"Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit" will feature award winners from the Thrive Accelerator program formed by SVG Partners. Launching today, Thrive Accelerator is a highly selective, mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the Precision Agriculture space.

Ten startup companies will be selected to receive the "Thrive AgTech" disrupt award and will gain direct access to the top fresh agriculture companies in the Salinas Valley to help deploy their innovative new technologies.

To apply for the Thrive Accelerator award, technology-enabled startups in the Precision Agriculture space should visit:

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