What is in this article?:
- 100,000 people expected to visit World Ag Expo’s nearly 1,500 exhibitors within the 2.6 million-square-foot show grounds.
- “World Ag Expo is truly an experience, and there is something new and different to see each year,” says Lee Coito, 2011 World Ag Expo chairman and a Tulare County dairyman.
- New for 2011, Pavilion D will feature a beef and livestock emphasis, with a beef and livestock demonstration area where exhibitors can showcase new technology.
Seminar schedule Feb. 8
All seminars are free. All, except the World Ag Women programs, will be held at the Seminar Center, Expo Lane between R and S Streets in the South Expansion Area. World Ag Women Pavilion is located on “I” Street between South Greenbelt and South Street.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
10 a.m. - Hay & Forage Seminar
Navigating the Corn Silage Maze — Everett Thomas of Oak Point Agronomics will provide practical advice on selecting silage corn to fit herd size, storage options and milk production goals.
10:15 a.m. - World Ag Women Event, World Ag Women Pavilion
Journey of Quilting — Charlotte Rogers, a Hanford quilting instructor and antique quilt collector, will display antique quilts, working her way through quilting history from 1840 to today.
10 a.m. - International Trade Seminar
Are Global Food Safety and Quality Standards Making the Grade? — Dr. Scott Hood from General Mills, Dr. Barry Eisenberg from United Fresh Produce Association and Scott Horsfall from the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement will discuss federal and state safety regulations, industry-developed standards, post harvest quality assurance practices and traceability.
10:45 a.m. - Dairy Profit Seminar
Dairy and Air Quality — Where the Industry Stands — University of California’s leading air quality researcher Dr. Frank Mitloehner will discuss regulatory pressures on San Joaquin Valley dairies from air quality regulations.
11 a.m. - Hay & Forage Seminar
Choosing the Best Alfalfa and Silage to Maximize Milk Production and Profit — Gerry Higginbotham, University of California farm advisor, Fresno County, will review the basics of forage quality measurements and their impacts on dairy rations, production and economics of dairy farming.
11 a.m. World Ag Women Event - World Ag Women Pavilion
Chefs Prepare Tasty Fare — Chefs Jon Koobation from Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley, David and Greg Vartanian from Vintage Press and Jack & Charlies in Visalia and Chef Tunny Ortali from McLintock’s in Pismo Beach will prepare tasty dishes.
11:15 a.m. - International Trade Seminar
How Do Major International Food and Agricultural Supply Chains Select Suppliers? — A panel from major international supply chains will provide tips on how to beat competition and expand food and supply sales in international markets.
12:15 p.m.- Dairy Profit Seminar
Facing Challenges: Immigration Compliance Strategies for Dairy Producers — Labor attorney Anthony Raimondo will discuss how to complying with current immigration laws.
12:30 p.m. - International Trade Seminar
Grow Local, Sell Global — Farmers turned exporters will explain how they expanded their businesses by marketing internationally. Featured speakers are Don Barton, president of Gold River Orchard and Loren Booth of Booth Ranches.
1:15 p.m. - Dairy Profit Seminar
Evolution of a Feed Program for K-State’s High Producing Herd — Dr. Evan Titgemeyer, Kansas State University dairy professor, will discuss combining ration ingredients to maximize formulations on milk fat.
1:30 p.m. - Hay & Forage Seminar
Economic Trends with Hay and Forage Market — Seth Hoyt, of The Hoyt Report, will offer his forecasts for milk and hay prices.
1:45 p.m. - International Trade Seminar
Cuba “A New Beginning” — Is There Really a Market for California There? — Dr. C. Parr Rosson, Texas A&M professor will discuss exports of U.S. and California ag products into Cuba.
2 p.m. - Hay & Forage Seminar
Are You Ready for Roundup Ready Alfalfa? The New Genetics and the Future of Forages — University of California, Davis forage specialist Dan Putnam will talk about new genetic traits beyond Roundup Ready alfalfa.
3 p.m. - International Trade Seminar
Trade Barriers & Free Trade Agreements: Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Producers — U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Islam Siddiqui has been invited to discuss whether Congress will enact Korea, Panama and Colombia free trade agreements and other international market access issues.
3 p.m. - World Ag Women- World Ag Women Pavilion
Western Wear Fashions — Western wear fashions modeled by World Ag Expo volunteers.