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10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Opening Session – Welcome Remarks and Planet-Smart Dairy Overview

Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture


Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director, Dairy Cares


Tyler Ribeiro, Dairy Farmer and California Cattle Council Board Member, Rib-Arrow Dairy

10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Disruption in the Food Business

What does today’s retail market look like and where does sustainability fit into the conversation?

Phil Lempert, Founder and Editor, Founder and CEO, The Lempert Report, Retail Dietitians Business Alliance

10:55 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Advancing Environmental Performance in California and Across the Globe

Explore the latest research on California’s dairy farms’ environmental footprint.

Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean, UC Davis

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Are We Walking the Sustainability Talk?

Panelists will talk about consumer expectations and opportunities to continue advancing sustainability throughout the supply chain.

MODERATOR: John Talbot, Chief Executive Officer, California Milk Advisory Board

  • Lisa Zwack, Head of Sustainability, Kroger
  • Steve Lerch, President, Story Arc Consulting
  • Jason Pelz, Vice President of Sustainability, Tetra Pak
12:10 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Rethinking Methane

Methane has a stronger impact than carbon dioxide, but how it influences actual warming is much different. What does this mean for climate-cooling strategies?

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, University of California, Davis

12:20 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Methane, Cows, and Climate Change

Panelists will discuss evolving climate science and its implications for policies and strategies to achieve a climate-neutral dairy sector.

MODERATOR: Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director, Dairy Cares

  • Myles Allen, Professor, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, University of California, Davis
  • Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean, UC Davis
  • Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board Pak
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The Future of Our Food System

Where do sustainability, animal source foods, human nutrition and health intersect?

Brad Scott, Dairy Farmer, Chairman, Scott Brothers Dairy Farms, Dairy Council of California


Ashley Rosales, Program Director of Nutrition Sciences, Dairy Council of California


Devon Mathis, Assemblymember, California’s 26th Assembly District

1:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Dairy’s Future Leaders

Find out what dairy sustainability means to the winner of our college student writing contest.

Genevieve Regli, Dairy Farmer and Agricultural Communications Student

1:55 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Global Challenges, Global Leadership

Like California, Denmark is a leader in adopting climate-smart dairy farm practices. What will it take to spark positive change that reaches beyond our own communities?

Flemming Nør-Pedersen, Executive Director, Danish Agriculture and Food Council

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

Emily Johannes, Category Manager for Ethical Sourcing, Nestlé USA

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Leading the Way Toward Sustainability

Executives of the nation’s leading organizations will discuss their visions for sustainability.

MODERATOR: Tammy Anderson-Wise, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Council of California

  • Tom Vilsack, President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council
  • David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Rob Vandenheuvel, SVP, Member & Industry Relations, California Dairies, Inc.
  • Pete Kappelman, Sr. Vice President, Member & Government Relations, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Advancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Learn about the valuable partnerships and pathways that are helping California dairy farmers implement new technologies and strategies.

Carlos Suarez, California State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service


Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture


Ashley Boren, Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation

11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Energy Costs Are Rising Even Higher: What can we do about it?

Learn what to expect regarding California’s rising energy costs. Agricultural energy experts and providers will highlight the challenges ahead and opportunities to combat costs through alternative power sources, renewable energy technologies, and energy efficiency.

MODERATOR: Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director, Dairy Cares

  • Mike Newland, Director of Agriculture Business Development, Propane Education & Research Council
  • Roger Isom, CEO, President, Western Agricultural Processors Association and Agricultural Energy Consumers Association
  • Glenn Bland, Founder and Board Member, CalCom Energy


Managing Manure to Create a Circular Fertilizer Economy

Learn about challenges, developing technologies, potential markets, and opportunities to utilize manure on crops across California’s rich and diverse agricultural landscape.

MODERATOR: Justin Gioletti, Owner, Robert Gioletti & Sons, Inc. #1

  • Till Angermann, Principal Hydrogeologist, Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers
  • Jim Wallace, SVP – Environmental Research, Dairy Management Inc.
  • Denise Mullinax, Executive Director, California Dairy Research Foundation


People, Cows and Tech: Tips for Implementing Automation to Maximize Efficiency

Dairy farmers and technology providers will discuss what it takes to not just implement the latest technologies but also boost productivity and ensure ultimate cow health and comfort.

MODERATOR: Joel Hastings, Editor / Publisher, DairyBusiness Digital

  • Greg Hooker, Owner, Diamond H Dairy
  • David Jones, Robotic Specialist, DeLaval
  • John Postma, Managing Partner, Pete Postma and Sons Dairy
  • John Paetz, Regional Sales Manager, Lely North America
12:20 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Climate-Smart Dairy Where We Are Now and Where We’re Headed

Digester developers and partners will explore avenues for maximizing the environmental benefits of dairy biogas in driving California’s clean transportation future.

MODERATOR: Cliff Gladstein, Founding President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

  • Neil Black, President, California Bioenergy LLC
  • Daryl Maas, Chief Executive Officer, Maas Energy Works
  • Todd Little, Director, Gas Management, Bloom Energy
  • Aaron Meyerle, General Manager, Kruse Western Renewable Fuels, LLC
  • Lyle Schlyer, President, Calgren Dairy Fuels


Dairies and Drinking Water

Local nitrate management zones are developing, as new regulations are implemented throughout the Central Valley. Hear from legal and water quality experts as they guide farmers in navigating these important, local efforts.

MODERATOR: Ray Prock Jr., Manager, Ray-Lin Dairy

  • Theresa Dunham, Partner, Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP
  • J.P. Cativiela, Administrator, Central Valley Dairy Representative Monitoring Program
  • Charlotte Gallock, Coordinator, Kings River Water Quality Coalition District


Soil Health and Water Conservation: Exploring Effective Practices

The Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture will host a conversation among dairy farmers about boosting soil health and water conservation. Topics include reduced tillage, cover cropping, manure-sub-surface drip, grant programs, and more.

MODERATOR: Jenny Lester Moffitt, Farmer and Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

  • Richard Mayo, Chief Financial Officer, De Jager Farms
  • Frank Fernandes, Managing Partner, Legacy Ranches
  • Jennifer Beretta, Farmer, Beretta Family Organic Dairy
1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
SGMA Strategies: How Dairies Can Best Manage Fast-Approaching Implications of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Learn how SGMA will impact dairies and how local groundwater agencies are approaching the challenge. Local experts, a state director, and a dairy farmer will discuss the road ahead, surface water availability, and other strategies.

MODERATOR: Geoffrey Vanden Heuvel, Director of Regulatory & Economic Affairs, Milk Producers Council

  • Taryn Ravazzini, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources
  • Jason Gianquinto, General Manager, Semitropic Water Storage District
  • Scott Peterson, Water Policy Director, San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority
  • Joey Airoso, Dairy Farmer, Circle A Dairy


Solving the Enteric Emissions Puzzle: Feed Additives and Other Potential Solutions

Further shrinking dairy farm GHGs in the U.S. and other highly productive regions will require practical solutions to reduce enteric methane emissions. Learn about the latest research and developments.

MODERATOR: Toshihiro Kuwayama, Manager, Atmospheric Processes Research Section, California Air Resources Board

  • Trine Barrett, Director, Livestock Innovation, SEGES
  • Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean, UC Davis
  • Peter Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Advantec Associates Inc.
  • Mark van Nieuwland, VP and Program Director, DSM Nutritional Products


People, Cows and Tech: Tips for Implementing Automation to Maximize Efficiency

Dairy farmers and technology providers will discuss what it takes to not just implement the latest technologies but also boost productivity and ensure ultimate cow health and comfort.

MODERATOR: Joel Hastings, Editor / Publisher, DairyBusiness Digital

  • Greg Hooker, Owner, Diamond H Dairy
  • David Jones, Robotic Specialist, DeLaval
  • John Postma, Managing Partner, Pete Postma and Sons Dairy
  • John Paetz, Regional Sales Manager, Lely North America
1:55 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director, Dairy Cares

Poster Session – Red Seaweed Reduces Enteric Methane up to 80% in Beef Steers


Poster Session – Effect of Solid-Liquid Separation on Mitigation of Methane


Poster Session – Manure Nutrient Recycling in Silage Corn and Wheat


Poster Session – Experience with Hay Influences Development of Oral Behaviors Preweaned Dairy Calves


Poster Session – Healthy Soils


Poster Session – Growing and Feeding Sugarbeets on California Dairies


Poster Session – The Future of San Joaquin Valley Under Climate Change and SGMA


Poster Session – Separator


Poster Session – Demographics 2020


Poster Session – Herd Size Economics


Poster Session – Short Alfalfa Costs


Poster Session – Effects of Weather and Animal Characteristics on Respiration Rate in Dairy Cattle