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November 27-28, 2018
Sacramento, CA

More than 650 dairy industry stakeholders, including 201 dairy farmers, convened at the inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit, co-hosted by Dairy Cares, the California Milk Advisory Board, the Dairy Council of California, the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, and the California Dairy Research Foundation. Through robust onsite panels and discussions, attendees explored new ways for dairy farmers to continue improving environmental sustainability, develop new business opportunities, and reduce on-farm costs. The theme at the summit was clear—California’s dairy families have demonstrated incredible progress in improving operational efficiency, reducing emissions, conserving water, setting high standards for animal health, and driving sustainable business practices.

More than 75 expert speakers shared real-world insight and valuable data points over the two-day summit, including:

  • Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis
  • Linda Eatherton, Partner, Managing Director Global Food & Beverage, Ketchum
  • Felicia Marcus, Chair, Water Resources Control Board for the State of California
  • David Blakemore, President, Animal Nutrition & Health, DSM
  • Marcus Benedetti, Chairman and CEO, Clover Sonoma
  • Blake Alexandre, Owner, Alexandre Family Farm
  • Stephen Maddox Sr., Managing Partner, Maddox Dairy
  • Justin Gioletti, Vice President, Robert Gioletti & Sons Dairy
  • Frank Cardoza, Consultant, Dairy Works, Farm Manager, Philip Verwey Farms
  • Aaron Wickstrom, Managing Partner, Wickstrom Dairies L.P. and Valsigna Farms
  • Landon Fernandes, General Manager, Fernjo Farms
  • Michelle Tacherra, Environmental Manager, Morning Star Dairy
  • Simon Vander Woude, Owner, Vander Woude Dairy
  • Brian Fiscalini, CEO, Fiscalini Farms and Cheese Company
  • Rick Jones, Partner, Rick Family Farms



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