Western Growers (WG) plans to bring high level ag-tech classes to California college students. The group has received a $750,000 grant from CDFA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to bring training to an estimated 2,750 students in community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The program will also offer 330 “Next Gen Ag Workforce” professors specialized training. “This collaboration between WG members, partners and California educators will ensure growers and agtech companies get access to the most highly-skilled graduates in the nation,” Walt Duflock, WG’s vice president of innovation, said in a statement. Western Growers plans to share the development of its Next Gen Ag Workers curriculum at a series of events throughout the state this year with the program fully implemented by June 2025. WG has also received federal support for the program through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

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