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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – Day 1: Dairy’s Role in Advancing California’s Sustainability Objectives

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks
    • Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • PDFFrank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, UC Davis Department of Animal Science (PDF, 3.6 MB)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1 – Consumption with a Conscience: The New Playing Field for Food Brands
  • MODERATOR: PDF John Talbot, Chief Executive Officer, California Milk Advisory Board (PDF, 873 KB)
    • Linda Eatherton, Partner, Managing Director, Global Food & Beverage, Ketchum
    • Bob Langert, President, Mainstreaming Sustainability Editor at Large, GreenBiz Group, Retired McDonald’s VP of Sustainability
    • David Ahelm, Chief Executive Officer, Hilmar Cheese Company
    • Alex Palczek, Director of Marketing – Shopper COE, Nestlé
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Panel 2 – Dairy’s Role in a Healthy and Sustainable Diet
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CDQAP’s 20th Anniversary Milk Toast
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dairy 2.0 – The Journey From Sustainable to Relevant
  • PDFLinda Eatherton, Partner, Managing Director, Global Food & Beverage, Ketchum (PDF, 6.6 MB)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel 3 – Planet-Smart Dairy: California Leading the World
  • MODERATOR: PDF Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director, Dairy Cares (PDF, 1.4 MB)
    • Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, UC Davis Department of Animal Science
    • Annette Jones, DVM, PhD, Director and State Veterinarian, California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • PDFTyler Bennett, President, Bennett Environmental, Inc. & Bennett Water Systems (PDF, 1.4 MB)
    • Steve Maddox Sr., Managing Partner, Maddox Dairy
    • Sahar Kamali, Director, Business Development, Clean Energy Renewables
2:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Panel 4 – Encouraging Sustainable Food Production: A Workable Regulatory Approach
  • MODERATOR: Richard Matteis, Administrator, California Farm Bureau Federation
    • Jenny Lester Moffit, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • Ashley Boren, Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation
    • PDFSamir Sheikh, Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (PDF, 308 KB)
    • PDFRichard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board (PDF, 304 KB)
    • Patrick Pulupa, Executive Officer, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Purpose Led, Performance Driven – Sustainability

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Day 2: Strategies and Tools to Advance Sustainability, Improve Efficiency, and Reduce Costs

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

    Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Opening Session – Achieving True Sustainability: Perspectives from the Major Dairy Cooperatives

    • PDFMatt Carstens, Senior Vice President, Land O’Lakes, Inc. (PDF, 153 KB)
    • Rob Vandenheuvel, Vice President of Industry and Member Relations, California Dairies Inc.
    • PDFFrancis Pacheco, Vice President of Membership and Public Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America (PDF, 1.1 MB)
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

The Next Generation of Digesters: Electricity, Transportation Fuel, and Beyond

  • MODERATOR: Cliff Gladstein, President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates
    • PDFNeil Black, President, California Bioenergy (PDF, 2.9 MB)
    • PDFDaryl Maas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maas Energy Works (PDF, 2.5 MB)
    • PDFKevin Dobson, Vice President, Business Development, DTE Biomass Energy (PDF, 1 MB)
    • PDFTyler Henn, Vice President & General Manager, Clean Energy Renewables (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Automation on the Farm: Robotic Systems and Increasing Efficiency
  • MODERATOR: William Ray, Vice President/ Senior Relationship Manager, Yosemite Farm Credit
    • Jonathon Postma, Managing Partner, Pete Postma and Sons Dairy, GP
    • Halley Fobes, Consulting Veterinarian, Lander Veterinary Clinic
    • Rick Jones, Partner, Jones Family Farm
    • Steve Riesenbeck, Consultant, Dairy Works

Money from manure? How do we get there?
  • MODERATOR: PDF J.P. Cativiela, Regulatory Director, Dairy Cares, Executive Director, CVDRMP (PDF, 5.5 MB)
    • Mark Stoermann, Chief Operating Officer, Newtrient LLC
    • Ryan Flaherty, Director of Business Partnerships, Sustainable Conservation
    • Denise Mullinax, Interim Director, California Dairy Research Foundation, Assistant Director, CDQAP
    • Ruihong Zhang, PhD, Professor, UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Take Control of Your Energy Destiny: Manage Rising Costs through Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • MODERATOR: Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director, Dairy Cares & Agricultural Energy Consumers Association
    • PDFJustin Witte, Senior, Customer Relationship Manager, AG/Food Processing, Pacific Gas & Electric Comp (PDF, 1 MB)
    • PDFTraeger CottenField Engineer, Southern California Edison (PDF, 1 MB)
    • PDFDean Swanson, Director, Business Development, Sunworks Solar Power (PDF, 1 MB)

Water-Smart Dairy: Strategies to Survive Increasing Water Scarcity
  • MODERATOR: PDF Ryan Flaherty, Director of Business Partnerships, Sustainable Conservation (PDF, 2 MB)
    • PDFTyler Bennett, President, Bennett Environmental Inc. & Bennett Water Systems Inc. (PDF, 1 MB)
    • John Cardoza, Project Manager, Sustainable Conservation
    • Geoffrey Vanden Heuvel, Director of Regulatory and Economic Affairs, Milk Producers Council

Feed Additives: Can they Reduce Methane and Improve Your Bottom Line?
  • MODERATOR: PDF Michael FitzGibbon, Research Division’s Climate, Atmospheric Science, & Economic Studies Branch Chief, California Air Resources Board (PDF, 724 MB)
    • PDFErmias Kebreab, PhD, Professor and Sesnon Endowed Chair, Sustainable Animal Agriculture Department of Animal Science, UC Davis (PDF, 2.3 MB)
    • PDFThomas Hafner, Chief Executive Officer, Mootral (PDF, 1 MB)
    • PDFTodd Armstrong, Head, North American Ruminant Operations and Strategy, DSM (PDF, 1 MB)
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Managing Employment Trends, Retention, and Costs

  • MODERATOR: Anja Raudabaugh, Chief Executive Officer, Western United Dairymen
    • Frank Cardoza, Consultant, Dairy Works, Farm Manager, Phillip Verwey Farms
    • Aaron Wickstrom, Managing Partner, Wickstrom Dairies L.P. and Valsigna Farms
    • Landon Fernandes, General Manager, Fernjo Farms

Increasing Nutrient Use Efficiency for Survival and Profit
  • MODERATOR: PDF Deanne Meyer, PhD, Livestock Waste Management Specialist, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis & UC ANR (PDF, 2.4 MB)
    • Bob Hutmacher, PhD, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and Center Director, West Side Research and Extension Center
    • Blake Alexandre, Owner, Alexandre Family Farm
    • Michelle Tacherra, Environmental Manager, Morning Star Dairy, Inc.
    • Simon Vander Woude, Owner, Vander Woude Dairy

Genetic Opportunities: Setting Your Strategy for Long-Term Success
  • MODERATOR: Stanley Henderson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    • Brian Fiscalini, Chief Executive Officer, Fiscalini Farms and Cheese Company
    • Frank Denis, Herd Manager, Charles Ahlem Ranch
    • Wayne Glaeser, Member Owner, Glaz-Way Enterprices, LLC
1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Water Quality: What’s Coming Next, and How to Prepare for the Challenges and Opportunities

  • MODERATOR: Justin Gioletti, Vice President, Robert Gioletti & Sons Dairy
    • Doug Patteson, Confined Animal Facilities Program Manager, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
    • PDFJ.P. Cativiela, Executive Director, CVDRMP, Regulatory Director, Dairy Cares (PDF, 1.2 MB)
    • Theresa “Tess” Dunham, Managing Shareholder, Somach Simmons & Dunn
    • Till Angermann, Hydrogeologist and Technical Program Manager, Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program

Funding Incentives to Boost Economic and Environmental Sustainability
  • MODERATOR: Paul Sousa, Director of Environmental Services and Regulatory Affairs, Western United Dairymen
    • PDFAmrith Gunasekara, PhD, Science Advisor, California Department of Food and Agriculture (PDF, 4.2 MB)
    • Kevin Abernathy, General Manager, Milk Producers Council
    • PDFTodd DeYoung, Manager, Strategies and Incentives, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (PDF, 221 KB)

Optimizing Cow Health and Comfort: Emerging Technologies and Strategies
  • MODERATOR: Michael Payne, DVM, PhD, Program Director, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, Dairy Program
    Coordinator, Western Institute of Food Safety & Security (WIFSS)
    • Frank Cardoza, Consultant, Dairy Works, Farm Manager, Phillip Verwey Farms
    • PDFDr. Robert Hagevoort, Associate Professor & Extension Dairy Specialist, New Mexico State University (PDF, 4.3 MB)
    • PDFNicole Ayache, Director, FARM Environmental Stewardship and Workforce Development, National Milk Producers Federation (PDF, 2 MB)
2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

    Marcus Benedetti, Chairman and CEO, Clover SonomaMarcus Benedetti, Chairman and CEO, Clover Sonoma