WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14
1:00 – 5:30 pm
*Tour tickets may be purchased before the conference when registering online or during the conference at the registration desk (based upon availability).
Each tour participant will attend either Tour 1 or Tour 2.
Individual preferences will be considered when scheduling tours.
Tour 1 has two stops:
Stop 1: Seka-Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room • Brooks, CA
Stop 2: Robert Mondavi Institute: Winery tour • UC Davis
Tour 2 has two stops:
Stop 1: Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. • Davis, CA
Stop 2: Bayer Crop Science • Woodland, CA
Seka-Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room
The Séka Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room showcases the agricultural bounty of the region and is a destination for artisan goods and delicious locally sourced fare. Visitors are treated to scenic views of the surrounding orchard and rolling blue hills that inspired the name Séka Hills.
The Tasting Room is located inside the 14,000 square foot olive mill facility, offering an insider’s view of how the Tribe’s olives are grown, milled and finished into world-class, award-winning Séka Hills extra virgin olive oils. Guided tours and tastings offer visitors a chance to experience the growing line of fine agricultural products from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation that now includes olive oils, wines, honey, beef jerky and seasoned nuts.
Robert Mondavi Institute: Winery tour
The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science consists of a state-of-the-art academic complex and a LEED Platinum certified winery, brewery and food and milk processing laboratory. The Institute is the only facility of its kind in the world. The academic complex houses the departments of Food Science and Technology, and Viticulture and Enology, the Administrative offices, the UC Davis Olive Center, sensory facilities and a food innovation kitchen. The entire complex surrounds the Good Life Garden, a one-acre, edible plot featuring organic and sustainably-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Overview of Marrone Bio Innovations, product development process from discovery to commercialization, available commercial products. Each tour breaks up into 2 – 3 groups to visit R&D programs
o Bioprocess Technology – microbe fermentation, metabolite production
o Natural Product Chemistry – identification of active ingredients in metabolites
o Formulation – product stabilization, efficient application and stable shelf life
o Microbiology and Molecular Innovations (Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Pathology), Invertebrate Pest Biology (Nematology, Entomology), Plant Sciences – microbial ID and functional efficacy of developing products
Bayer Crop Science (formerly Monsanto)
Two labs will be visited by tour attendees:
Woodland Precision Genomics Lab
This lab hosts a combination of robotics, automation, molecular biology to develop and deploy technology to help develop better varieties of vegetables and row crops.
Their work delivers the pipeline across ~20 crops using robust technology for tracking and analytics.
Woodland Seed Health Quality Control Lab
This lab plays a critical role ensuring seeds are delivered disease free through prevention, detection and eradication of seed borne pathogens. They screen seed and foliar samples for seed borne pathogens throughout product development. From breeder hand-off to commercial products, a dynamic variety of seed health quality control assays are conducted to test for bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens.