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Silicon Valley Business Journal and Sensiba San Filippo presents

The Future of AgTech—View from the Farm


A new phase of AgTech is evolving. Salinas Valley is host to a $9+ billion specialty crop agriculture industry, located one hour from Silicon Valley and is the crossroads between agriculture and technology.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Eagle Ridge Golf Club
2951 Golf Club Drive
Gilroy, CA 95020

Our panel of experts will help establish and drive the connection between these two diverse yet geographically connected markets. Possible topics to be discussed include:

  • Whats working and what connections are the agribusiness companies missing?
  • Why arent many larger tech companies involved in AgTech? Whats holding them back?
  • How will growers engage these tech companies?
  • What is transforming enhanced productivity & product safety?
  • The AgTech companies need to spend more time on the farm to connect directly with the growers


Dennis Donohue: Director, Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) and Salinas Mayor from 2006 to 2012 will bring over 30 years of expertise and leadership in agriculture and innovative business models. By identifying new technologies and developing initiatives that integrate agtech and innovation into the evolving agribusiness ecosystem, Dennis will direct the panels focus and conversation.


William A. Gisvold: Tax Partner, Sensiba San Filippo LLP. With over 30 years of public accounting experience, Bill specializes in providing clients with the accounting, tax and business knowledge that helps grow their businesses.  Bill has primarily focused on the agricultural community, specifically on generational planning.  He leads SSF’s Agribusiness specialty group, and continues to provide service to closely-held businesses of all sizes.  His clients span 17 western states as well as Mexico and Chile.


Pete Aiello:  Owner and Manager of Uesugi Farms, Pete was born in Watsonville and grew up in Morgan Hill.  Starting at a very young age, he worked every day of every summer for Uesugi Farms, the family-owned business that his dad purchased in 1979.  Pete has served on the board of directors for the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau since 2004 (including a recent two-year term as its President), the board of directors for the Central Coast Groundwater Coalition since 2012, the advisory board for Heritage Bank of Commerce since 2014 and is a founder of the Michael Aiello Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund.

Tom Nunes:  The Nunes Company, Inc., is a private, family-owned, vertically integrated grower/shipper and marketer of Foxy brand vegetables. Nunes Company is one of the premier grower-shippers with over 22,000 acres in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Commodities include over 40 different conventional items and 35 different organic items.

Tom graduated from Cornell University in 1999 and is currently the Vice-President of Operations and sits on the Executive Board of The Nunes Company, Inc. Tom is a 4th generation farmer and has served on various boards, including The Grower-Shipper Association of Central California.