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Award-winning journalist comes to Stan State to discuss agriculture challenges
Amy Wu
Amy Wu, author of “From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food Is Grown,” will lead a panel discussion at Stanislaus State later this month (Photo contributed).

Stanislaus State students will have an opportunity to participate in conversations and learn about a wide range of topics including agriculture, sustainability, journalism and others during sessions featuring award-winning journalist Amy Wu.

Wu is the author of the book and short film “From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food Is Grown.”

Sessions will feature conversations with the author and her journey through a documentary film and book, panels with student and faculty guests and multiple opportunities to screen the short film. The greater community is invited to a reception event with the author on Nov. 15. Interested community members should contact Emily Lawrence, executive director of the Ag Science Center at Stan State, for registration information.

Wu believes the planet faces monumental challenges, water shortages and climate change, and the agriculture sector is confronted with a very real and difficult challenge: maintaining a stable and sustainable food supply for a population that continues to grow exponentially. With the global population expected to reach an estimated 10 billion people by the year 2050, the burden on farmers is even greater. 

In “From Farms to Incubators,” a wide range of strategies and tools are showcased uniting technology and agriculture including artificial intelligence, data analytics, drones, robotics, advanced soil sensors and blockchain, a new branch of discipline has surfaced called ag tech.

“’From Farms to Incubators’ uses the power of storytelling to increase awareness and also hopefully ignite an engaging discussion over the various factors that are causing shifts in our food systems, the challenges that growers face in feeding the world’s burgeoning population, the roadblocks encountered and strides that have been made when it comes to the types of roles women play in agriculture and technology,” said Wu.

In addition to a variety of tools and strategies, Wu also uses storytelling to spotlight female agribusiness leaders from varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds, detailing how each individual resolved a glaring business problem using ag tech innovation.