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. 10
Thursday Feb. 10
9 a.m. - Safety and Advocacy Seminars
Labor Law Compliance for Farmers and Dealing with Enforcers — Farm Employers Labor Service’s Bryan Little and attorney Ron Barsamia will discuss compliance with state and federal labor laws.
10 a.m. - Irrigation seminar
Drip Irrigation and Water Savings: Hype Versus Reality — Mark Hewitt of Rain Bird will look at drip irrigation’s impact on water efficiency, yield and crop quality. The Irrigation Association is sponsoring the irrigation seminars at World Ag Expo.
10:15 a.m. - Safety and Advocacy Seminar
Agricultural Equipment Safety — Farm Employers Labor Service representative John Barrientos will detail common hazards associated with mobile farm equipment and how to train workers to operate equipment safely.
10:15 a.m. - World Ag Women Event, World Ag Women Pavilion
Nutrition and Wellness — Presented by Evolutions Fitness Center, Tulare, the program will include diet and exercise information.
10:30 a.m. - Irrigation Seminar
Grower Success Using Subsurface Drip Irrigation — Inge Bisconer of Toro Micro-Irrigation will discuss alfalfa, corn and cotton production using subsurface drip irrigation.
10:45 a.m. - Dairy Profit Seminar
The Skinny on Fatty Acids: Beyond Energy to Boost Your Bottom Line — Nutritionist Jim Tully of Pine Creek Nutrition will help dairymen Increase their understanding of individual fatty acids on rumen function and reproduction.
11 a.m. - World Ag Women Event, World Ag Women Pavilion
Valley Chefs in the Kitchen — Chefs Kim Payne of Valhalla Restaurant in Visalia, Leilani Shimizu of Irwin Street Inn in Hanford, Shelly Wade of Gourmet Desserts and Wedding Cakes in Visalia and Jonathan Evans of Jonathan’s Mesquite Grill in Kingsburg will be in the kitchen.
11 a.m. - Irrigation Seminars
It’s Time for Efficient Watering Systems — Van Bagdasarian of Grundfos will discuss increasing pump efficiency by ordering a pump test.
11:30 a.m. Irrigation Seminars
Filter Efficiency Translates to Water and Energy Savings — Randy Delenikos from Lakos will explain that the focus of an evaluating filtration systems.
11:30 a.m. - Safety and Advocacy Seminar
Keep On Trucking — Cynthia Cory, CFBF’s director of environmental affairs, will provide an update on California Air Resources Board’s diesel truck rules.
11:45 a.m. - Dairy Profit Seminar
2011 Outstanding Dairy Industry Service Awards — Rob Vandenheuvel, general manager, Milk Producers Council and Syp Vander Dussen, MPC president
12:15 Dairy Seminar Lunch
How Do You Do It? – The Next Generation Takes Over the Family Dairy — Panelists will share how their families have transitioned dairy management from one generation to the next. Caroline Berry, founder of Next Step, will moderate. Panelists will be Ben and Ken Curti, Lori Sousa Cardoza and Carl Sousa and Jody Graves.
Noon - Irrigation Seminars
Using Technology to Improve Irrigation Scheduling — Lanny Sowell from Irrometer
12:30 p.m. - Irrigation Seminars
Simplified Irrigation Management - Monitoring Soil Tension in Real Time — Jeremy Otto of Hortau will discuss managing inputs like as water, fertilizer and pesticides to increase productivity.
12:45 p.m. - Safety and Advocacy Seminar
The Farm Bill and its impact on California Farmers — Josh Rolph, Director, International Trade, Farm Policy, Taxation & Plant Health and Elisa Noble, Director – Natural Resources & Public Lands will cover current farm bill provisions and look at what farmer can expect from the 2012 farm bill.
1 p.m. - Irrigation Seminars
On-Farm Strategies for Deficit Irrigation to Maximize Operational Profit Potential — Stephen Smith of Regenesis Management Group will show that successful farming operations can continue when farmer sells or leases a portion of his land’s water supply to a municipal or environmental interest.
1:30 p.m. - Irrigation Seminars
Turning Waste into Revenue: The Role of Center Pivot Irrigation Solutions for Distributing Process Water and other Alternative Sources — Learn how to turn into an agricultural irrigation resource.
2 p.m. - Irrigation Seminars
Overhead, Mechanized Precision Irrigation: A Growing Revolution for California Agricultural Water Management — Jeff Mitchell of UC Davis will explain why overhead center pivot and linear irrigation systems are being reintroduced in California’s Central Valley.
2 p.m.- Safety and Advocacy Seminar
What’s in Store with the New Congress and How Will Changes Affect California Agriculture? — CFBF’s Manager of National Affairs Jack King will explore the direction of the new Congress.
2:30 p.m. - Irrigation Seminar
Precision Irrigation with Valley Variable Rate Irrigation — Jake LaRue of Valmont will discuss how variable rate irrigation lowers production costs and potentially increases profits.
2:30 p.m. - World Ag Women Event, World Ag Women Pavilion
Dessert Social — Cake and ice cream social donated by Wade and Evans.