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  • Showcase California’s world-leading achievements in sustainable dairy farm practices and the role dairy plays in the global food system
  • Explore new ways for dairy farmers to continue improving environmental sustainability, develop new business opportunities, and reduce on-farm costs
  • Highlight information, technology, and services that can support dairy farmers’ efforts to meet continuing challenges, further improve efficiency, and ensure economic and environmental sustainability

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Dairy Farm Owners and Employees



  • Educational Workshops
  • Networking
  • Expo Hall

Industry and Trade Associations



  • Educational Workshops
  • Networking
  • Expo Hall

Government and Non-Profits



  • Educational Workshops
  • Networking
  • Expo Hall

2018 Agenda

Dairy’s Role in Advancing California’s Sustainability Objectives

Panel 1

Consumption with a Conscience: The New Playing Field for Food Brands

Dive into dairy consumption trends and retail markets, including a discussion on increased consumer interest in the environmental impacts of food choices—from farm to table.

Panel 2

Dairy’s Role in a Healthy and Sustainable Diet

Explore nutrition in the context of sustainable food production, green eating (including the concept of plant-based eating), and the appropriate balance between the nutrition needs of people and the stewardship of our planet’s resources.

Panel 3

Planet-Smart Dairy: California Leading the World

California dairy farmers are world leaders in sustainable farming practices. Discover how dairy farmers are partnering to enhance water supply/quality, improve air quality, and protect our climate, while continually working to ensure the best possible animal care.

Panel 4

Encouraging Sustainable Food Production: A Workable Regulatory Approach

Using past achievements as a guide, panelists will discuss the appropriate role of regulatory versus voluntary, incentive-based actions to improve sustainability. Looking ahead, regulatory and dairy industry leaders will strategize about how to ensure the sustainability of California’s dairy farms, while advancing environmental protections.

Strategies and Tools to Advance Sustainability, Improve Efficiency, and Reduce Costs

Session Topics

  • Automation Invasion: Robotic Systems & Increasing Milk Parlor Efficiency
  • Money From manure? New Efforts to Create Markets (and Profits) for Manure-Based Products
  • Funding Opportunities: Incentives Available from USDA, CDFA, CEC & SJVAPCD
  • The Next Generation of Dairy Digesters: Electricity, Transportation Fuel & Beyond
  • Every Employee Matters: Selecting, Engaging & Retaining Employees to Elevate Success
  • Cleaning the Air While Reducing Costs
  • Water Quality Challenges & Opportunities
  • Take Control of Your Energy Destiny: Manage Rising Costs Through Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • The Latest Scoop on Manure Application, Nutrient Use Efficiency & Strategies for Healthy Soils
  • Can Feed Additives Reduce Methane While Improving the Dairy Operators’ Bottom Line?
  • Water-Smart Dairy: Conserving and Protecting Water Using Drip Irrigation
  • Optimizing Cow Health & Comfort: Emerging Technologies & Strategies to Serve the Needs of Animals & Consumers
  • Genetic Opportunities: Setting Your Genetic Strategy for Long-Term Success
  • Manure Outside the Box: Cool Ideas, But Can They Pay Off?

Expo Hall

The Expo Hall will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers and operators to:

  • Connect with technology and service suppliers that can help the dairy industry reduce its environmental footprint
  • Discover new ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs
  • Learn about sustainability strategies and programs
  • Understand available financial incentives and grant opportunities

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2018 Featured Speakers

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

Bob Langert

President, Mainstreaming Sustainability, Editor at Large, GreenBiz Group, Retired McDonald’s VP of Sustainability

Brian Fiscalini

CEO, Fiscalini Farms and Cheese Company

Ashley Boren

Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation

Frank Cardoza

Consultant,, Dairy Works, Farm Manager, Phillip Verwey Farms

Samir Sheikh

Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Aaron Wickstrom

Managing Partner, Wickstrom Dairies L.P. and Valsigna Farms

David Blakemore

President, Animal Nutrition & Health, DSM

Annette Jones, D.V.M.

Director and State Veterinarian, Animal Health and Food Safety Division, CDFA

Ermias Kebreab, PhD

Professor and Sesnon Endowed Chair, Sustainable Animal Agriculture Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

Neil Black

President, California Bioenergy

Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND

Founder and Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge

Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

Katie Brown, Ed.D., RDN

Senior Vice President Sustainable Nutrition, National Dairy Council

Jack Broadbent

Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Cindy Schweitzer, PhD

Principal, Schweitzer Consulting LLC

2018 Sponsors

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The California Dairy Sustainability Summit would not be possible without the tremendous support, collaboration, and assistance from the following organizations

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Support from California’s Dairy Leaders

California dairy farmers are united in this effort to improve environmental and economic sustainability, while ensuring nutritious and affordable foods for generations to come.


The inaugural California Dairy Sustainability Summit is dedicated to promoting widespread investment and adoption of technologies that address environmental, financial, and energy challenges, along with cow health and comfort for California dairy operators. The Summit will provide an opportunity for farmers to see cutting-edge technology that can help them comply with methane emission challenges, fast approaching water regulations, and rising labor and energy costs. The Summit will connect solution providers, dairy operators and California regulators and stakeholders to help address environmental and economic challenges that lie ahead.

Reduce Greenhouse Gases – California dairy farmers are working with state agencies, researchers, and private partners to reduce methane emissions through the development of dairy digesters and a variety of alternative manure management technologies. They are also exploring potentially cost-effective means for reducing enteric methane emissions.

Protect Water Resources – The dairy community is working in an organized and collaborative manner to chart a path toward improvements to the protection of groundwater resources. This includes plans to work with academic institutions, private industry innovators, and other partners to minimize the costs of enhancing water protection on dairies, and to maximize the value of manure and manure-based products.

Promote Energy Conservation and Clean Energy – Dairies are increasingly turning to energy-use-efficiency, conservation, and clean-energy technologies. Farmers are partnering with their local utility providers and private companies to invest in these strategies—decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and reducing costs.

Improve Air Quality – A growing number of dairy farms are working with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to convert diesel-powered feed mixers to electric. These individual conversions can save up to 20 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per year. Additionally, dairy farmers are partnering with state agencies and private companies to turn dairy biogas (captured via digesters) into electricity and carbon-negative renewable transportation fuel.

Find Cost-Effective Solutions to Sustain Family Farms – For dairy farmers, “sustainability” means making choices that will serve the animals, the environment, and their family and community well into the future. It’s about finding cost-effective solutions that will optimize cow health and comfort, improve farm efficiency, and reduce costs. Ultimately, these technological advances will allow them to continue their way of life, while improving the environment, and providing nutritious and affordable foods for generations to come.

The expo hall will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers and operators to connect with technology and service suppliers that can help improve efficiency and sustainability. Confirmed exhibitors include:

  • Alforex Seeds
  • Baghouse & Industrial Sheet Metal
  • California Bioenergy
  • Clean Energy Renewables
  • CleanFix
  • DSM
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Lely North America
  • Maas Energy
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Risk Management Agency
  • Sunworks Solar Power
  • Trillium
  • USDA Rural Development
  • United States Department of Agriculture

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Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Exhibit Hall E & Room 202, Enter through the West Lobby entrance on 13th & K Street

Parking: 1056 13th St.
(between J & K Streets)


Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, 13th and J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Reservations: Book Online or Call 800-325-3535
Discounted Rate: $179/night (not including taxes & fees), includes complimentary guest room internet and 50% off valet parking for guests.
Discount rates are available until November 5, 2018 or until block is sold out, whichever comes first.

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