- Ben Cheever
- Communications Director
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) was appointed on Tuesday to chair the Select Committee on Technology and the Future of California’s Agricultural Workforce.
“The development of this select committee provides us with the opportunity to explore the nexus between agriculture, technology and technical and vocational training,” said Assemblymember Villapudua. “I’m honored to be at the forefront of this exploration of innovation and training.”
California is a world leader in terms of both agriculture production and technological developments. Our state is home to the nation’s top Agricultural Sciences University and 11 Tier 1 research universities making discoveries in everything from seed breeding to biofuel alternatives. Today’s agriculture continues to integrate new technologies such as automation, robots, temperature and moisture sensors, satellite imaging and GPS. These systems are also allowing businesses to be more profitable, efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly.
In order for California to continue to be a leader of tech innovation in agriculture, it will be important for us to continue to prepare the future workforce to support these technological innovations. This select committee provides a venue to explore this new and evolving sector, and identify opportunities to improve our agricultural workforce’s skills through career technical education and vocational training.