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World Ag Expo Presents Valley Childrens Hospital with $45,000 Check

Visalia, CA - The International Agri-Center and World Ag Expo presented a check in the amount of $45,000 to Valley Children’s Hospital during the hospital’s All Guild Picnic at Koetsier Ranch on May 25, 2016, in Visalia, California. 

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2016 World Ag Expo Closes with Record Numbers

Tulare, Calif.- Thursday, February 11, 2016, marked the final day of the three-day show, World Ag Expo. The 49th annual show, which was held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California, opened Tuesday, February 9, at 9:00 a.m. Attendees

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Seminar Schedule

Tuesday


7:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Coffee Talk
Hosted by American AgriWomen

 

9:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Improving Livestock Production
Speaker: Huaijun Zhou, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science

This presentation will look at advanced genetic and genomic approaches to improve livestock production and animal health and well-being. We will also discuss ways to improve food security and reduce global hunger and poverty by enhancing genetic-disease resistance in poultry in Africa.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 

9:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Let’s Talk Water
Speakers: Kay Mercer, Kay Mercer, Inc.; Ian LeMay, California Fresh Fruit Association; Josh Weimer, Turlock Irrigation District
Come hear from Central Valley Project, SGMA, State Water Resources Control Board’s Bay Delta Plan and WOTUS, about the issues facing California agriculture and beyond.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

 

9:45 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Preparing for Vineyard Mechanization

Speaker: Kaan Kurtural, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Viticulture and Enology 
This presentation will explore the inevitable march towards vineyard mechanization and discuss ways to stay sustainable in light of legislative and economic pressure in the global wine-grape market.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 


10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Energy Seminar
Solar and Water: How to Reduce Your Operating Costs
Speaker: Daryl Franks, SunPower

Learn how agricultural businesses are becoming more sustainable in an ever-changing political landscape. This session will address how to evaluate solar as a long-term energy independence strategy, including what to look for, which questions to ask and how to avoid common pitfalls. Case studies will be shared showing how agricultural operations are successfully reducing or eliminating electricity bills, freeing up operating capital and achieving energy independence.

 

10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Forage & Dairy Seminar
How Does Reduced Lignin Impact My Operation?
Speaker: Mark McCaslin, Forage Genetics International

Learn about the latest technology in alfalfa. Our speakers will define reduced-lignin alfalfa, cover the extensive research behind it and explain how to manage it on your dairy operation. This new technology gives growers more flexibility in the cutting window  and gives them the option to harvest for higher quality and more tonnage.

 

10:30 a.m. 
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Exploring Pig Health
Speaker: Yanhong Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science
This presentation will discuss the importance of weanling-pig health in swine production, and non-antibiotic feed additives in diets for weaned pigs.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 


10:45 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Career Hunt Essentials for College Students
Speaker: Shannon Douglas, CalAgJobs

Head out into the career world with the essential tools for success. Learn tips on how to present your best self while searching for jobs or internships. It is no secret that a resume is critical for success; therefore, we will focus much of our time on perfecting yours.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

11:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Irrigation Seminar
How to Manage Irrigation Using Actual Evapotranspiration
Speaker: Tom Shapland, PhD, Tule
California’s most sophisticated and profitable tree and vine farms are leveraging the latest technology from UC Davis to manage irrigation. In this seminar, we will describe how these growers have optimized their irrigation strategy and operational workflow using actual evapotranspiration (i.e., crop water use) measurements. We will also describe the breakthrough atmospheric science innovation that enables growers to measure their field-scale crop water use on a daily basis.

 

11:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Dairy & Irrigation Seminar
Using Applied Precision Dairy Management on Your Farm: What is Possible Today?
Speaker: Aurora Villarroel, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM, Afimilk Ltd.

Come hear real examples of how technology has helped farms improve production, reproduction, milking routine and herd health. The science behind this technology has increased efficiency on numerous farms and we’ll show how you can apply it to your operation today!

 

11:15 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Keeping Pesticides Out of Water
Speaker: Samuel Sandoval Solis, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
This presentation will demonstrate the water cycle in California and provide best-management practices to keep pesticides and other contaminants out of water.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 

12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Education Seminar
La Niña, Modokis and the “New Normal” of Natural Global Climate
Speaker: James J Garriss, Browning Media LLC
At Browning Media, our job is to help our industry prepare for upcoming climate and weather trends by understanding both the short- and long-term conditions that are impacting us today. This understanding will help you better perceive the upcoming year’s national and international weather patterns and be proactive, instead of reactive, to climate and weather. This session is not about “climate change,” it is about the natural factors that are creating difficult weather patterns. In this session, we will provide insight into the upcoming year’s climate outlook. Where is there a risk of drought or flooding? How does the monsoon season look?  Is there going to be a La Niña impact? How will the weather affect commodities, shipping, exporting and yields? These questions will all be answered in this seminar.
Presented by Contrary Opinion Forum


12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two

General Ag Seminar
Understanding New and Emerging Diseases in the Fruit and Crops in California

Speaker: Florent Trouillas, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
In this presentation, we will discuss the last two years of investigations and research developed in Florent Trouillas’ lab to study almond, pistachio, olive and cherry. The lab focuses on understanding the etiology and biology of plant diseases, and developing strategies to control them.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 


12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Event
WAME Fertile Ground Award Luncheon
Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment’s Board of Directors will be honoring an individual who has been a mentor and role model to many.  
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

12:45 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Studying and Promoting the Development of Positive Self-Views
Speaker: Kali Trzesniewski, Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Human Ecology
This presentation will explore experiences that lead youth and adults to develop positive self-views. It will also discuss intervention studies designed to promote positive self-views and related outcomes, such as academic achievement.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 

1:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Education Seminar
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: Local Plans and Updates
Speaker: Mark Lansen

Presented by Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District and other local agencies

 

1:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Nutrient Recovery Seminar
Nutrient Recovery on Dairy Farms Creates New Revenue Opportunities
Speaker: Kerry Doyle, Trident Processes LLC

This seminar will showcase technology that provides multiple operational and financial benefits for your farming operation. Trident’s award winning nutrient recovery system processes livestock waste streams into three valuable components: concentrated nutrients, fiber and water. This technology is scalable for small to large dairies and can be implemented with or without an anaerobic digester. It enables dairy farmers to create new revenue opportunities based on recovered fibers and nutrients from dairy manure. Come learn about a promising future, where a dairy cow’s by-products are equally as valuable as the milk it produces.

 

1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Restructured Landscapes of Economic Opportunity: Promoting the Economic Integration of Older Youth in Agricultural-Based Economies After the Great Recession
Speaker: M. Anne Visser, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology
The Great Recession continues to have an impact on patterns of youth economic opportunity in the U.S., particularly in rural and agricultural-based economies. This presentation will explore these challenges and the role community institutions and networks have in promoting economic opportunity for young adults in these areas. The results also highlight strategic areas of intervention for policymakers.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 

1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Multi-Channel Marketing for Agriculture: Knowing Your Markets and Customers
Speaker: Hylon Kauffman, Ranch Systems LLC

Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

2:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Dairy Seminar
A Look Back at 50 Years of Manure Management
Speaker: Ross Thurston, Livestock Water Recycling, Inc.

For the first time in history, the California dairy industry faces stringent air quality regulations. The state has committed to aggressive GHG emissions targets, and the dairy industry now must find ways to drastically reduce emissions by 2030. Nutrient and water recovery technology presents a convincing case as a viable solution to these emissions targets, at a fraction of the cost of a digester. This seminar will explain how smart, flexible, on-site nutrient recovery can help the dairy industry achieve aggressive GHG emissions targets and set the international standard for truly sustainable manure management practices.

 

2:15 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Recognizing the Relationship Between Personality Traits and Animal Welfare in Domestic Swine
Speaker: Kristina M. Horback, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science  
Currently, there are regulations to transition housing of gestating sows from individual stalls to group pens in nine U.S. states. Knowledge of behavioral traits in domestic swine could help to improve animal welfare and productivity by identifying individuals more susceptible to environmental and social stress. This presentation will look at a study where 35 genetically similar sows were continuously observed from birth through second parity. Our results suggest that more aggressive/reactive individuals experience a more positive affective state in a group pen, which indicates that personality may influence the coping ability of sows in group pens.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 

2:15 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
AgDay365
Speaker: Doris Mold, American AgriWomen

National Ag Day is celebrated each spring. This holiday was created with the mission of increasing public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society.  While the intention of this holiday is great, we feel it is not celebrated often enough! Many consumers still do not understand the connection between agriculture and our food, fiber and energy supply. It is our job to bridge the gap between the public and the true story of agriculture. This seminar will unpack AgDay365 and explain how you can be a part of this daily advocacy and celebration.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

3:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Enhancing Food Systems
Speaker: Clare Gupta, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Human Ecology
In this presentation, we will discuss findings from an ongoing research project examining the effectiveness of California food policy councils in leveraging agricultural, food and nutrition research to food policy. A relatively new institutional form, food policy councils are groups of stakeholders and representatives from various food-system sectors who work with city and state governments to promote the social, economic and environmental health of local and regional food systems. We will also discuss opportunities for UC Cooperative Extension to cultivate communication and collaboration between researchers and food policy councils.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 


3:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Marketing & Social Media Seminar
Agriculture Needs Your Voice! Power It Up on Social Media
Speaker: Arleana Waller, Rich Girl Entertainment

Social media is all about engaging with people. This seminar will explain how to build relationships, share information and connect with a diverse audience of people.  We will discuss how to interact on various social media platforms to develop a strategy to share your story in a way that incites a passion for agriculture.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

3:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Dairy Seminar
Fodder for Thought
Speaker: Curt Chittock, Simply Country, Inc.

Come hear the latest developments on fodder information and technology.  We will discuss new robotic fodder systems that allow for large volumes of sprouts at even more affordable prices.  We will also share new information on environmental impacts that you won’t want to miss.

 

3:45 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two 
General Ag Seminar
Assessing Hen Welfare

Speaker: Richard Blatchford, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science 
The welfare of egg-laying hens has increasingly become an important issue to consumers, and more companies are pledging to purchase cage-free eggs. In this session, we will discuss the impacts of housing systems on hen welfare and look at some of the health and welfare issues affecting backyard chickens.
Presented by UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 

 

4:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
General Agriculture Seminar
Ag Insurance: Tricks of the Trade
Speaker: Brandi LoForti , InsureCAL Insurance Agency
This session will cover the importance of having an insurance advisor who specializes in agriculture insurance. There are many carriers who specialize in this area, so it is important to know which option will be most beneficial for your operation. In this seminar, we will share what to look for when shopping, as well as vital questions to ask your current agent.

 

4:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Event
Sigma Alpha Reception
Come meet with local and national officers, as well as alumni.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

Wednesday


7:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Coffee Talk
Join us for your morning networking and coffee before the show opens. Visit with other exhibitors and presenters.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

9:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Dairy & Beef Seminar
Animal Handling and Worker Safety: Are Your Costs Milking You Dry and Steering You in the Wrong Direction?
Speaker: Jack Passarella, Zenith Insurance Company

In today’s world of heightened awareness, it’s critical that dairy and beef producers be intentional about worker safety, animal handling, awareness of surroundings and facility design, for the overall safety and success of their operation. Learn how incorporating practical steps can improve these areas and result in a more productive and safe operation. This session will also include information regarding the national Beef Quality Assurance program and the FARM 3.0 program. We will provide a preview of seminars planned throughout the Central Valley that will help dairy producers meet requirements for each program. 
Presented by California Beef Council


9:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Getting Your Farm Set Up for FSMA
Speakers: April Mackie, Salinas County Farm Bureau; Cynthia Klein, CK Solutions Group LLC; Sandy Fleck, Zenith Insurance Company
Hear consultant, insurance and company perspectives about setting up your farming operation for FSMA.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

 

10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Mapping Drones in Precision Ag: How to Get Started
Speakers: Nathan Stein, senseFly Ag Solutions Manager & Daniel Murphy, senseFly Technical Support Engineer
Experts from senseFly will share their experiences in agricultural-based drone use. This session will cover how drones are used within the agriculture industry and will explain how mapping your fields can benefit your farming operation.
Presented by senseFly 


 

10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
International Seminar
Export Trade Secrets Revealed!
Do I need a license to export my product? What is the best way to enter foreign markets? How do I minimize payment risk with foreign customers? Discover the best kept secrets to assist businesses in developing international markets. A panel of experts will answer the most frequently asked questions related to the export process: market research, export promotion opportunities, foreign trade regulations, quality standards, pricing, export financing, transportation, trade documents, trade agreements and how to integrate the export process into your business operation. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay competitive in today’s global economy.

 

10:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Beef Seminar
Using Rapid, Chute-Side Blood Leukocyte Differentials to Guide Antibiotics Usage on Feedlots

Speaker: Dr. Mitch Hockett, Advanced Animal Diagnostics
Antibiotic usage in livestock production is under intense scrutiny due to concerns about the development of antibiotic resistant organisms. A chute-side test examines indicators of health status in bovine blood and has the ability to give real-time information to determine which animals will benefit from antibiotic treatment. This seminar will share the results of a recent feedlot trial in Nebraska, which examined the use of a rapid, chute-side blood leukocyte differential test (QScout® BLD) to guide selective antibiotic treatment at processing.

 

10:45 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Duarte Nursery v. Corps of Engineers
Speaker: John Duarte, Anthony L. Francois, Pacific Legal Foundation

Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

11:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
International Seminar
Growing Sustainable Farms: Increase Profits, Mitigate Risk
Farming is a risky business! Small farms are the backbone of the local food systems, but many farmers and entrepreneurs lack the tools and resources necessary to scale up and meet the supply needs of large buyers. Opportunities are available to not only maintain a farming livelihood, but thrive in today’s dynamic market. Join our panel of experts and cultivate business skills and access to resources that will allow you to successfully launch or expand profitable agribusinesses and mitigate risk.

 

11:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Dairy Seminar
Using Genomics to Build a Healthier, More Efficient and Profitable Herd
Speaker: Dr. Sophie Eaglen, CRV USA

Efficient milking and healthy cows are universal priorities in every dairy operation. If you want to maximize ROI in your operation, it is imperative that you solidify your genetic management program. This seminar will introduce Genomics and explain how it can be a vital tool for delivering fast and reliable herd improvement.

 

12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Ag Careers Panel

Looking for a new career in Ag? Come hear from experts in the industry.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

 

12:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Dairy & Education Seminar
Genomic Testing: The Next Three Years
Speaker: Fred Turner, TL Biolabs

The price of genomic testing is now within reach for most dairymen.  In this seminar, Fred Turner, CEO of TL Biolabs, will outline trends for the next three years. From software development to predicting and acting upon health trait information, we will cover all of the pertinent information you will need to know regarding genomic testing.

 

1:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
General Ag Seminar
Mapping Drones in Precision Ag: How to Get Started
Speakers: Nathan Stein, senseFly Ag Solutions Manager & Daniel Murphy, senseFly Technical Support Engineer
Experts from senseFly will share their experiences in agricultural-based drone use. This session will cover how drones are used within the agriculture industry and will explain how mapping your fields can benefit your farming operation.
Presented by senseFly 

  

1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Dairy Seminar
Are You Hitting the Target? Set Your Sights on These New Goals for Dairy Calves and Heifers

Speaker: Robert E. James, PhD, PAS, Down Home Heifer Solutions, Inc.
How big should my heifers be? Industry research has shown that many calves and heifers are too small. One size does not fit all! There are large genetic differences within and between breeds. In this seminar, we will present benchmarks adopted by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. Did you know calves should double their birth weight in 56 days, be 55% of mature weight at first breeding and weigh 85% of mature cows when they calve the first time? Attend this seminar to learn about additional performance goals and production standards that are part of the new Gold Standards. Dr. Bob James will present these standards developed by industry representatives, raisers and dairy producers. These will assist heifer growers to identify areas for improvement, conduct training and implement plans to support growth and performance targets you want to attain.


1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
International Seminar
Global Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturers in a Rapidly Changing World
Manufacturers are highly focused on achieving new growth. In a world of increasing competition, U.S. manufacturers must develop an innovative export marketing strategy to survive in today’s world market. Exporters that embrace globalization know there are both challenges and opportunities. Discover what the competition is doing in Latin America, China and Mexico, and learn how you can become a competitive global supplier. Our panel of experts will discuss effective solutions and tactics to gain a competitive advantage.

 

1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Ag and Crisis Communications: When Things Go Wrong

Speaker: Holly Carter, Carter & Co. Ag Communications  
Is your business prepared in the event of a crisis? If the media came to your facility in the wake of an accident or food borne illness, are you prepared to respond? Knowing how to react in these crisis situations is critical and affects the success and reputation of your brand. We will walk you through the steps of preparing your organization to communicate with employees, customers, suppliers, media and the general public when a crisis hits. Join us for a discussion you can’t afford to miss.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

  

2:15 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Grassroots Lobbying
Speakers: Heather Hampton-Knodle, Knodle, Ltd. & Shannon Groves, California State Assembly and Continental Labor and Staffing Resources

As a voter, you have the most powerful tool available on Capitol Hill—your vote! Without hearing from their constituents, legislators do not know what is important to them. Your recommendation may be the deciding factor in a member’s decision to vote for or against a bill. This seminar will show you how powerful lobbying can be.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

2:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Dairy Seminar
Harnessing the Power of Crossbreeding and Hybrid Vigor
Speaker: Wes Bluhm, ABS Global, Inc.

This seminar will cover three key areas dairymen should know about crossbreeding: how to leverage vigor to capitalize on its greatest benefits, why the combination of crossbred breeds makes a difference and how to maintain the benefits of the F1 generation. 

 

2:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
International Seminar
The Changing Face of Global Trade
Despite facing challenges with a rapidly transforming global landscape, the U.S. economy is still the largest and most important in the world. Global uncertainty fueled by contentious worldwide elections has left U.S. exporters uncertain. What is the short- and long-term outlook for trade? Where will the U.S. stand on trade negotiations? How do savvy business leaders forge ahead in this volatile environment? Learn what global and U.S. factors could impact our economy. Expert panelists will answer these questions and discuss the future of trade.

 

3:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Ag Seminar
Mapping Drones in Precision Ag: How to Get Started
Speakers: Nathan Stein, senseFly Ag Solutions Manager & Daniel Murphy, senseFly Technical Support Engineer
Experts from senseFly will share their experiences in agricultural-based drone use. This session will cover how drones are used within the agriculture industry and will explain how mapping your fields can benefit your farming operation.
Presented by senseFly 

 

3:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
The Changing Role of Women in Agriculture
Speakers: Karen Ross, California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary; Dr. Glenda Humiston, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources; Doris Mold, American AgriWomen  

Some people think that women involved in agriculture are a new phenomenon. In reality, this has been the case since the dawn of time. In this seminar, we will discuss the changing role of women in agriculture and delve into some intriguing facts and figures about these roles. This session will be interactive and include discussion among participants and seminar leaders.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

 

3:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Dairy Seminar
Future Changes in Dairy Calf Feeding and Management
Speaker: Robert E. James, PhD, PAS, Down Home Heifer Solutions, Inc.

Historically, calves have been raised in systems which emphasized low cost per day in feed and labor. This method, however, does not always result in long-term low costs. Housing systems which enable calves to stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, as well as larger liquid feeding rates, result in faster growing calves and lower costs per unit of gain.  Any increased feeding costs are more than offset by lower treatment costs and fewer additives needed. Improved early nutrition also stimulates mammary development resulting in higher yields once they freshen. This seminar will show how investments in better housing and feeding systems will reduce cost per unit of gain and treatment costs. 
Presented by Calva Products, LLC

 

4:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Event
Wine Reception: California Women for Agriculture

Enjoy a time of networking and connecting with peers, while enjoying the best the central valley has to offer.
Hosted by American AgriWomen 

 

Thursday


7:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Coffee Talk
Join us for your morning networking and coffee before the show opens. Visit with other exhibitors and presenters.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

9:15 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Media Training 101
Speakers: Heather Hampton-Knodle, Knodle, Ltd. & Sabrina Hill, AgNet West

Are you ready when the phone rings or a reporter shows up? It is time that you gain confidence in your role as an advocate for agriculture. In this seminar, we will work through communicating with media, squashing any fears and learning tips from the experts.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Education Seminar
Going Organic!
Speaker: Jamie Carr, CCOF

Interested in going organic, but don’t know where to start?  Join CCOF for a seminar detailing the process of getting certified.  The workshop will assess your specific operation to determine steps necessary to transition towards organic certification.

 

10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
Advocacy & Education Seminar
Ag Tax Information
Speaker: Fiona Ma, CPA, Chair of the California State Board of Equalization and Senior Staff for the California State Board of Equalization
In this seminar, a panel will discuss new tax breaks and long standing exemptions. We will address property tax issues and explain ways to prepare for audits and evaluations of farm land. There will be a question and answer portion of this session, where you can ask questions regarding your specific operation. Experts will also be available to address labor and payroll issues.

 

10:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Recycling Made Easy: Tape, Ag Film and Other Plastics
Speaker: Matt Andros, Andros Engineering

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

10:15 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Career Panel
Speakers: JoAnn Wall, Mid Coast Property Management; Danee Brady, Trinity Fresh; Doris Mold, American AgriWomen

In this seminar, we will look at agricultural careers from a local, regional, state and national level. Come ask questions and learn all about the opportunities available to you. 
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment

 

10:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Drip Irrigation Recycling Services
Speaker: Inge Bisconer, The Toro Company, Micro-Irrigation Division

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

11:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
Education Seminar
Applying Continuous Process Improvement to Produce Farming
Speakers: Khaled Mabrouk & Katy Griffin, Sustainable Productivity Solutions

Lean, Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement are all good processes that can be intimidating to understand and apply, when an organization is starting a productivity improvement program. This seminar will provide a quick review of the evolution of industrial and systems engineering, share lessons from applying these tools to the produce farming industry and provide a cookbook-approach for building a continuous process improvement culture. 

11:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
General Agriculture Seminar
Dollars and Sense of Agricultural Lending
Speakers: Debbie Raven, Valley Small Business Development Corporation and Chantal Haun, USDA Farm Service Agency 
How do you know if you are “loan ready”? Whether you need a loan for operating expenses or to purchase equipment or your first farm, this seminar will provide you with the necessary tools to apply for a loan from various traditional and non-traditional lending sources. To submit a complete loan package that accurately represents your operation, it is pertinent to know how decisions are made by the lender. This workshop will identify key required financial information, the various supporting documentation and provide alternate sources of assistance. Also, the speakers will define the five “C’s” of lending, clarify the value of good credit, illustrate the different types of loan programs available and other relevant information that will help you successfully navigate the process of getting a loan.

 

11:00 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Reading the Electric Meter to Determine the Cost of Irrigation
Speaker: Bill Green, Agricultural Pumping Efficiency Program

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

11:30 a.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
The Importance of Annual Maintenance in Micro-Irrigation Systems
Speaker: Mike Illia, Netafim USA

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

11:45 a.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Riding for the Brand

Speaker: Kristine Ranger, The Learning Connection 
In today’s business climate, it's critical that employers create an environment that increases engagement and loyalty, and where workers are able to perform at the highest level. Come learn about the conditions for engagement, improved recruiting and hiring practices and how to reduce turnover.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

 

12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer One
General Agriculture Seminar

How Extraordinary Farm Managers
Make Decisions Differently Speaker: John Kempf, Advancing Eco Agriculture Presented by Advancing Eco Agriculture
John Kempf has spent a decade working with innovative farmers across the country. He is known for helping farmers think differently to overcome challenges. In this seminar, John will discuss common characteristics of farming operations that are extraordinarily successful and explain how you can incorporate the same decision making principles within your own operation.

 

12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
Education and Business Management Seminar
What Every Farmer Needs to Know About Asset Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning

Speaker: Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection
This seminar will unpack the principles of lawsuit protection, tax reduction and estate planning. We will unveil key strategies that are unknown by many advisors and will help you navigate the process of protecting your operation. 

 

12:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Fertigation Strategies: Methods to Protect Water Quality
Speaker: John Petrosso, Mazzie Injector

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

12:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Measuring Plant Nutrients Made Easy
Speaker: Jacob Moreno, Irrometer

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

12:45 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Beck’s Why I Farm Road Trip: Honoring Farmers Across America
Speaker: Natalina Sents, Becks Hybrids
Natalina Sents is on a year-long, 50-state road trip to honor farmers with the “Why I Farm” movement. This session highlights diversity in American agriculture and explores storytelling through blogs and social media. 

 

1:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Leveraging Technology for Better Water Management
Speaker: Tom Devol, PureSense

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Two
Education Seminar
Five Keys to Generational Farm Transitions
Speaker: David Specht, Author of “The Farm Whisperer”

Generational farm transitions can be challenging for even the best operations. In this seminar, we will share five means to preserving your family and perpetuating your farming operation, during management and ownership transitions.

 

1:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
The Do’s and Don’ts of Irrigation Filter Selection
Speaker: Randy Delenikos, Lakos Filtration Systems

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

1:45 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Farm Management Seminar
From the Ground Up: Stepping into My Role as Farm Manager
Speaker: Ruth Rabinowitz, Rabinowitz Family Farms

In this seminar, you will hear first-hand accounts of managing large-scale family farming and conservation operations. As a professional photographer, Ruth Rabinowitz utilizes social media as a platform to connect with her community, when proximity is not an option. She will explain how she employs social media as an advocacy tool for the various sustainability practices used in her operations.

 

2:00 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Irrigation Efficiency and Diagnostic Evaluation
Speaker: Rich Bernier, Simplot

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

2:30 p.m.
Seminar Center: Trailer Three
Irrigation Seminar
Filtering Ag Water
Speaker: David Laybourn, Olson Industrial Systems

Hosted by Center for Irrigation Technology and the Irrigation Association

 

2:45 p.m.
Seminar Center: Seminar Tent
Women in Ag Seminar
Legislative & Regulatory Updates
Speaker: Bryan Little, Farm Employers Labor Service
FELS provides compliance assistance to agricultural employers, so that they may understand the fast-changing mandates that will inevitably affect their operations. We will cover possible changes in state requirements for overtime, family and medical leave, and ongoing questions that have continued to challenge agricultural employers. This session will explain the latest changes to the employment regulatory environment.
Hosted by Women in Agriculture for Mentoring and Empowerment 

Last Updated Friday, January 20, 2017 - 10:50 PM.