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October 09, 2015
With decades of Israel’s technology-driven agricultural innovation and improvements in
his portfolio, Menahem “Menny” Hesse, Minister for Agriculture and Science Affairs at the
Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, will keynote the Agricultural Technology Showcase
October 16 and 17 at the Moorefield Armory. To register for the showcase, call 304-434-8000,
or toll-free: 877-982-2322, ext. 9253. (For a map, and more information, see the website:
“From water desalination to growing livestock and vegetables in difficult conditions,
Israel has become a world-class leader in agricultural technology in a short time span,” said Joe
Kapp, entrepreneur-in-residence at Eastern WV Community and Technical College, an event cohost.
“There are a lot of similarities between Israel and West Virginia. We both enjoy
reputations of having the some of the hardest-working people in the world.”
The Ag Tech Showcase, the first of its kind in the state, will introduce and explore the
benefits that new and emerging technologies now offer small and medium-sized farms. Israel
has achieved remarkable and globally-admired gains in produce crop yields and quality, and
Minister Hesse will focus the West Virginia event on the commitment to achieve those
upgrades by harnessing innovative technologies, mostly of domestic design and manufacture.
Eastern, The Robert Byrd C. Institute (RCBI ), Potomac State University and the WV National
Guard are all serving as co-hosts.
“Israel's projects in agricultural technology have yielded significant innovations in
livestock development and new plant varieties,” Kapp noted, “and led to advances in irrigation
and fertigation, machinery, automation, cultivation and harvesting.”
The telecommunications revolution also has impacted Israeli agriculture, as farmers
increasingly use specialty apps available on the Internet, mobile phones, and computers to
guide and monitor their work and marketing processes.
“There’s much we can learn from the Israelis about making our farmers and farms more
efficient and profitable,” said Bill Woodrum project coordinator for agricultural innovations at
Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI). “We are honored to have Minister Hesse participate as our
In addition to farm producers, the Ag Tech Showcase organizers especially invite “folks
with ideas about the creation of new technologies for better farm production,” Eastern’s Kapp
Israeli Minister Hesse To Keynote WV Ag-Tech Showcase In Moorefield Oct. 16 p. 2
said. “Never has there been a better time to develop these types of products and
commercialize them for the market.”
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