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Searching for Women Leaders in Agtech: One Journalist’s Journey

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Searching for Women Leaders in Agtech: One Journalist’s Journey

Photo: Amy Wu (right). Article by Amy Wu. Worth – January 20, 2021.

How a single question turned into a movement.

What is a big city woman doing in farm country? This is the first question that friends and family asked when I shared that I’d be moving to Salinas, California. They knew me for my black boots with spiky heels and waist-hugging dresses more than mud boots and overalls.

It was 2015 and I’d been hired to cover government for the local newspaper. Salinas was known as Steinbeck Country. It is the birthplace of renowned author John Steinbeck and serves as the background for many of his works, and it was also known for big agriculture.

The Salinas Valley, which included Salinas and four neighboring cities, boasted a $9 billion ag industry that produced some 80 percent of the leafy greens consumed in the U.S. It was home to agribusinesses known for bagged salads. […]

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