Idaho Governor’s AgriTech Summit
The first Idaho Governor’s AgriTech summit took place on June 16, 2015. The summit was borne out of the current landscape combined with the need to further grow and expand Idaho’s AgriTech industry. The goal of the summit was to provide a forum for Idaho’s agriculture, technology, and research sectors to learn from one another and explore where there is opportunity to accelerate the development of agricultural technology within Idaho. The event featured three panels with statewide industry leaders to discuss how existing Idaho resources and strengths can be leveraged to promote the application of technology in the agriculture arena in new and different ways.
Watch the full video of the AgriTech Summit here.
Technology companies and research institutions are already working to develop creative solutions for agricultural issues. However, countless opportunities still exist. With less farmable land, fewer farmers, and the need to be even more water efficient, the only option for feeding the world is to increase our investment in technologies that make farming even more efficient. Nationally, venture investment in ag-related technology has grown 10 times from 2012 to 2014 and is only continuing to climb. The more attention we can draw to the agritech advancements occurring in our great state, the greater share of these growing funds, along with new companies, we can attract to Idaho.