Adding more value to agriculture is the focus of a joint upcoming Solano and Yolo county economic summit. "We are bringing together the experts -- from academia to operators -- to help shape some strategies to grow this vital sector of our economy and bring more quality jobs to the area," said Solano County Supervisor Mike Reagan in a press release announcing the summit.

The Solano and Yolo Counties Joint Economic Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on the University of California, Davis, campus.

"The summit promises to give us a road map that will guide us in our collaborative efforts to increase the development of our agriculture economy," said Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.

The agenda of the summit includes:

* An overview of the Food Chain Cluster report and the shared agriculture opportunities in the two counties.

* Panel discussions that examine the potential for making the region the heart of the seed industry and how an aggregation hub can expand the region's capacity to move products to market
* Facilitated discussions that explore how the region can move past identified barriers to growing agriculture and the food chain cluster.

* Creation of strategic action plans that add more value to agriculture and bring quality jobs to the region.

To reserve your seat at the summit, call 864-1855 or e-mail Registration fee is $25 per person, which includes parking and lunch. For more information about the reports shaping the discussions at the summit, visit