The Agricultural Technology Fair
The Agricultural Technology Fair (ATF) aims to showcase emerging technologies in agriculture, backed by cutting-edge research and entrepreneurial innovation, transforming the region of San Joaquin Valley. CITRIS is focused on shortening the pipeline from idea to impact in the many sectors that affect the lives of all Californians by putting the San Joaquin Valley on the map for new ideas and transformative impact in the agricultural technology sector, in the areas of: health data analytics, to renewable energy and smart transportation, to breakthroughs in water information management.
Last Year's Keynote Address
Ronald Zink, J.D.
Founder & Managing Partner, EdgeCo
EdgeCo is an innovation management group focused on helping companies bring their industrial products and services into the digital age. Prior to starting EdgeCo, Ron held executive roles at Deere & Co., the leading global agriculture group, and Microsoft Corporation. Ron led the digital transformation group at the heart of Deere’s revolutionary precision agriculture strategy, which successfully developed and commercialized a series of new digital farming products and applications that are now fully embedded in Deere’s strategy and incorporated into every new machine sold.
At Microsoft, Ron served in a variety of senior legal and business roles, including at the center of the company’s pivotal engagement with the European Union (EU). Earlier in his career, Ron was in private law practice at a prominent intellectual property law firm where he advised companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, on the protection, licensing and litigation of intellectual property rights relative to their businesses. Ron grew up on farm and cattle ranch in North Dakota and has degrees in electrical engineering and law.