An Industry Update on Vineyard Automation – Where Are We Now?
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

Automation is now a reality in agriculture. There are robots and tractors that can perform autonomous operations in our vineyards but what does that mean for growers? Our speakers will discuss the legal, financial, and practical implications of vineyard automation.

Session receives 1 CEU: Crop – Use of Precision Ag Technology

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Michael Miiller
California Association of Winegrape Growers

Michael Miiller monitors a wide range of state public policy issues and represents the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) before the California Legislature and key regulatory agencies. He also helps keep CAWG members informed of pending legislation and regulations that have a direct effect on their businesses. Michael has nearly 40 years of public policy experience and has served in key staff positions in the Senate, Assembly and Wilson and Davis Administrations.

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Greg Gonzalez
Foley Family Farms, LLC., California

Greg Gonzalez is the Director of Central Coast Farming at Foley Family Farms. Greg grew up in Oregon, splitting time between Eugene and Junction City where he worked on his family’s 10-acre Filbert farm (hazelnuts). From an early age, he excelled at soccer and eventually earned dual scholarships (academic and sports) to Southwestern Oregon Community College where he earned his associates in Athletic Training and transferred to California State University, Monterey Bay to continue his colligate soccer career.


Theresa Kiehn
AgSafe Food & Farms, California

Ms. Kiehn has dedicated her career to the non-profit and small business sectors, serving in a variety of strategic, operational capacities, and currently as the President and Chief Executive Officer of AgSafe. During her 13 years with the organization, AgSafe has tripled in size and expanded their scope to reach food and farming operations across the nation. Her career also includes tenure with the Great Valley Center and her family business, Fontana Farms. Ms. Kiehn currently serves as the President of the Turlock Certified Farmers Market, participates on the Board of Directors for the California Farmland Trust, is a Modesto Rotarian and is engaged in a variety of capacities with her faith-based community.


Philip Martin
University of California, Davis

Philip Martin is Professor emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis, editor of Rural Migration News (, and the author of numerous research publications on migration and farm labor. Martin was the only researcher appointed to the federal Commission on Agricultural Workers (1989-93) that evaluated the impacts of immigration reforms on US farm workers.


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