Gary Thompson is the COO of GUSS Automation which developed the world’s first autonomous orchard sprayer. After growing up on a dairy farm in Arizona, Gary attended Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA where he majored in Agricultural Business and Dairy Science. While at Cal Poly, he developed a love for the diversity of crops and livestock in California’s San Joaquin Valley which eventually led him to relocate there in 2017. At that time, Gary began farming almonds and he joined the GUSS team while the project was still in its early stages of development. GUSS began shipping the autonomous sprayers overseas in 2020.