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Ag Tech Innovation Complements California Smart Energy Week in Japan

The California Pavilion at a World Smart Energy Week event in Japan

California’s trade mission to Japan has not only highlighted agricultural trade and climate collaboration, but has also laid the foundation for connections on ag tech. 

From enhanced microbial flora in biochar to new opportunities in soil amendments to address drought and extreme heat, Japan is a strong partner in helping to accelerate climate solutions.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and the California ag delegation visited with AgVenture Lab and Tongali, two accelerator programs focused on developing proof of concepts for startup business within the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

Featured companies included Towing and Ac-Planta, along with other businesses focusing on robotics, new alternative chemical solutions, and polymer developed from waste streams. Japan’s ag start-up sector is dedicated to finding sustainable, equitable and climate smart solutions to assist farmers and ranchers in enhancing on-farm practices for food production.

This week’s visit to Japan has built upon long-standing trade partnerships in the fresh fruit, tree nut and dried fruit sectors and has provided business and climate connections for the rice sector and organics.

The California Ag delegation visits the Ag Venture lab
Secretary Ross at the Farmind Aomi Center
Secretary Ross (far left) at a meeting of California leaders and the mayor of Kobe
The California Ag delegation at MIKI Corporation in Osaka.

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