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. 9
Wednesday, Feb. 9
9:30 a.m. - General Agriculture Issues Seminar
Air Quality Regulations: How Will My Operations be Impacted? — Sayed Sadredin, executive of the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District, and Brad Miller, president of Environmental Concepts Company in Mission Viejo will detail the impact of AB-32, California’s greenhouse gasses law.
10 a.m. - Beef Seminar
Taking it to the Street. — BEEF magazine blogger and BEEF Daily editor Amanda (Nolz) Radke will challenge beef producers to speak out about the positives of beef.
10:15 a.m. - World Ag Women Event, World Ag Women Pavilion
Fire Prevention Safety Tips — Patrick Marquez of the Tulare Fire Department will discuss fire prevention.
10:45 a.m. - Dairy Profit Seminar
Focusing on Milk Quality: Goals in a Global Marketplace — Are U.S. dairy producers ready to meet the global demand for milk quality? — Panelists Nicole Ekblom, DVM Atwater-Merced Veterinary Clinic; Shawna Morris, vice president trade policy, U.S. Dairy Export Council; and dairy producer Chris Jongsma will looks at the future of milk quality from different industry perspectives.
11 a.m. - Beef Seminar
What Is the Model for Beef Industry Sustainability? Is the liquidation of the nation’s cowherd a short-term event or a long-term trend? — Wes Ishmael, BEEF magazine Cattle Economics columnist, will look at smaller herd size due to higher feed costs and the a long term trend toward fewer producers and cattle and more industry concentration
11 a.m. - General Agriculture Issues Seminar
Local and Regional Water Supply Conditions and Outlook — Friant Water Authority General Manager Ron Jacobsma will discuss the outlook for surface water deliveries, the impact of the San Joaquin River settlement on and the potential of the Temperance Flat Reservoir. Mark Larsen, general manager of Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, will discuss the relationship of surface water deliveries and groundwater availability.
11 a.m. - World Ag Women Event, World Ag Women Pavilion
Culinary Delights — Chefs Jeff Riggs of the Tulare Adult School culinary program, Anthony Hagans of Harris Ranch in Coalinga, George Quilty of Orange Blossom Junction in Exeter, Christian Raia from the West Hills College culinary program and Mike Vejar of Mikey V’s Café in Tulare.
12:15 p.m. Dairy Seminar Lunch Speaker
Food Economics and Consumer Choice: A Call to Action! — Rob Aukerman, president U.S. operations, Elanco Animal Health.
12:30 p.m. - General Agriculture Issues Seminar
Buy Local: Boon or Boondoggle? — Hear the challenges facing the growing nationwide “locavore” trend.
1 p.m. - Beef Seminar
Tax Strategies for Beef Producers — CPA Robert A. Gunther from Little Rock, Ark., will detail how corporate structuring options for beef producers.
1:15 p.m. - Dairy Profit Seminar
Surviving Milk Price Wars: How Can Dairies Make a Profit? — A panel of financial experts from Genske, Mulder & Co. will discuss, economic and financial conditions facing the dairy industry.
2 p.m. - General Agriculture Issue Seminar
Labor Laws and Immigration: How Will OSHA, DHS, ICE and Card Check affect your bottom line? — C. Bryan Little, chief operating officer of Farm Employers Labor Service and Fresno labor law attorney Ron Barsamian will discuss labor compliance and management practices.
6:30 p.m. Evening Entertainment, Entertainment Pavilion (Southwest corner of the grounds, outside of West Gate 1) The trio Stealing Angels will open for Grammy nominee David Nail.