California Dairy Sustainability Summit explores new ways for dairy farmers to:

  • Promote environmental sustainability
  • Develop new business opportunities
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Reduce emissions and conserve water
  • Set high standards for animal health
  • Reduce on-farm costs

California Dairy Sustainability Summit By the Numbers

  

600+

Registered Attendees

  

200+

Dairy Farmers

  

75+

Expert Speakers

2022 Featured Speakers

Donald Moore

Executive Director, Global Dairy Platform

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Donald is the Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP), based in Chicago USA, and serves as Chairman of the Dairy Sustainability Framework, Chairman of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and Chairs the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) to the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).GDP was formed by four of the world’s leading dairy companies in 2006, its mission is to align and support the dairy sector to promote sustainable dairy nutrition. GDP’s work programme spans; Nutritional Security, Sustainability, Dairy Development, Marketing/Communications and engaging on behalf of the dairy sector with the United Nations agenda. Today GDP has more than 90 members from across the globe. Before joining GDP in 2010, Donald spent 10 years with Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. in a variety of roles including Managing Director, Oceania; Director, Business Development and Director, Ingredients Marketing. While with Fonterra Donald represented the cooperative on the boards of many of its joint venture businesses in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe. Prior to his involvement in the dairy sector, Donald spent 10 years as Chief Executive of New Zealand’s largest independent business and information management consulting firm where he oversaw its international expansion, opening offices across South East Asia.

Dr. Sara Place

Chief Sustainability Officer, Elanco

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Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco where she provides technical expertise on sustainability issues to customers and supports Elanco’s Healthy Purpose. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University.

Dr. Stephen Peters

Nutrition Science Manager, Dutch Dairy Organization

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Dr. Stephan Peters is nutrition science manager at the Dutch Dairy Organization (NZO) since 2015. In this function he coordinates and carries out research on healthy and sustainable diets. Before, Dr. Peters worked at the Netherlands Nutrition Center as science and quality manager and participated in the Dutch food dietary guidelines. Dr. Peters also was a product developer in clinical nutrition at Danone Research, the Netherlands, and at TNO Pharma, the Netherlands. Dr. Peters’ PhD was on the topic of nutrition in involuntary weight loss (cancer cachexia).

Karen Ross

Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Karen Ross was appointed secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. During Secretary Ross’ tenure, the Department has focused on core functions to protect and promote California agriculture in a time of significant budget reductions, and it has emphasized change-management to position the agency to more effectively and efficiently serve its stakeholders in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. Secretary Ross has strengthened partnerships across government, academia and the non-profit sector in the drive to maintain and improve environmental stewardship and to develop adaptation strategies for the specific impacts of climate change. Ross has initiated programs to provide greater opportunities for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable environmental stewardship practices.

Kimberly Fisk

Global Head of Procurement for Commodities, Nestlé

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Kimberly is the Global Head of Procurement for Commodities in Nestlé, where she is responsible for a global team managing commodity procurement activities. Her previous experience started in the NZ Dairy Industry before moving to the UK and working in supply chain and procurement roles in FMCG companies. She joined Nestle in 2009 where she has focused on global sourcing strategies and risk management across commodities based in UK, Singapore and Switzerland.

Dr. Judith Bryans

Chief Executive, Dairy UK

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Dr. Judith Bryans is the Chief Executive of Dairy UK. She took over the running of the organisation in October 2013. Prior to that she was Director of The Dairy Council, a position she held from 2006. Judith was elected President of the International Dairy Federation in 2016 and served a four-year term in that role. After completing her term as IDF President, Judith was made an Honorary Member of the IDF and is also the Chair of the IDF Task Force on the UN Food Systems Summit. Judith also served on the Board of the Global Dairy Platform. At a European level, Judith is a member of the Board of the European Dairy Association (EDA). In the UK, Judith is a Board member of a number of organisations including Dairy Energy Savings and the Milk Marketing Forum. Judith has a PhD from King’s College London and is a Registered Nutritionist.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Professor and Air Quality Specialist, Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis

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Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist for Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. Dr. Mitloehner serves as the North American scientific lead for the Global Feed LCA Institute. Dr. Mitloehner is workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System”.

Dr. Gregory Miller

Global Chief Science Officer, National Dairy Council

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Gregory D. Miller, Ph.D., M.A.C.N., Global CSO for National Dairy Council, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois. Dr. Miller is also Nutritional Security Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform and is recognized as a leading voice in the global food system. Dr. Miller is currently leading the effort to enhance dairy’s contributions toward a more sustainable food system by examining the intersection between nutrition, health, food insecurity, and environmental impact. Dr. Miller is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and served on the editorial board of many other journals.

Dr. Ermias Kebreab

Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center, University of California, Davis

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Ermias Kebreab is Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center at University of California, Davis. He holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture. He conducts research in nutrition modeling and impact of livestock on the environment. He is contributing author to 2019 IPCC update, and chaired the feed additive and methane committees of FAO of the United Nations. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and received several awards including Excellence in Ruminant Nutrition and International Agriculture from American Society of Animal Science. He is a member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the US National Academy of Sciences. He is regularly an invited speaker and gave a TED talk in 2021. His research was in the top 10 of all research conducted at the University of California system in 2021.

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CA Dairy Summit Speakers:

Donald Moore, Executive Director, Global Dairy Platform

Donald is the Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP), based in Chicago USA, and serves as Chairman of the Dairy Sustainability Framework, Chairman of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and Chairs the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) to the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).GDP was formed by four of the world’s leading dairy companies in 2006, its mission is to align and support the dairy sector to promote sustainable dairy nutrition. GDP’s work programme spans; Nutritional Security, Sustainability, Dairy Development, Marketing/Communications and engaging on behalf of the dairy sector with the United Nations agenda. Today GDP has more than 90 members from across the globe. Before joining GDP in 2010, Donald spent 10 years with Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. in a variety of roles including Managing Director, Oceania; Director, Business Development and Director, Ingredients Marketing. While with Fonterra Donald represented the cooperative on the boards of many of its joint venture businesses in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe. Prior to his involvement in the dairy sector, Donald spent 10 years as Chief Executive of New Zealand’s largest independent business and information management consulting firm where he oversaw its international expansion, opening offices across South East Asia.

Dr. Sara Place, Chief Sustainability Officer, Elanco

Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco where she provides technical expertise on sustainability issues to customers and supports Elanco’s Healthy Purpose. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University.

Dr. Stephen Peters, Nutrition Science Manager, Dutch Dairy Organization

Dr. Stephan Peters is nutrition science manager at the Dutch Dairy Organization (NZO) since 2015. In this function he coordinates and carries out research on healthy and sustainable diets. Before, Dr. Peters worked at the Netherlands Nutrition Center as science and quality manager and participated in the Dutch food dietary guidelines. Dr. Peters also was a product developer in clinical nutrition at Danone Research, the Netherlands, and at TNO Pharma, the Netherlands. Dr. Peters’ PhD was on the topic of nutrition in involuntary weight loss (cancer cachexia).

Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Karen Ross was appointed secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. During Secretary Ross’ tenure, the Department has focused on core functions to protect and promote California agriculture in a time of significant budget reductions, and it has emphasized change-management to position the agency to more effectively and efficiently serve its stakeholders in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. Secretary Ross has strengthened partnerships across government, academia and the non-profit sector in the drive to maintain and improve environmental stewardship and to develop adaptation strategies for the specific impacts of climate change. Ross has initiated programs to provide greater opportunities for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable environmental stewardship practices.

Kimberly Fisk, Global Head of Procurement for Commodities, Nestlé

Kimberly is the Global Head of Procurement for Commodities in Nestlé, where she is responsible for a global team managing commodity procurement activities. Her previous experience started in the NZ Dairy Industry before moving to the UK and working in supply chain and procurement roles in FMCG companies. She joined Nestle in 2009 where she has focused on global sourcing strategies and risk management across commodities based in UK, Singapore and Switzerland.

Dr. Judith Bryans, Chief Executive, Dairy UK

Dr. Judith Bryans is the Chief Executive of Dairy UK. She took over the running of the organisation in October 2013. Prior to that she was Director of The Dairy Council, a position she held from 2006. Judith was elected President of the International Dairy Federation in 2016 and served a four-year term in that role. After completing her term as IDF President, Judith was made an Honorary Member of the IDF and is also the Chair of the IDF Task Force on the UN Food Systems Summit. Judith also served on the Board of the Global Dairy Platform. At a European level, Judith is a member of the Board of the European Dairy Association (EDA). In the UK, Judith is a Board member of a number of organisations including Dairy Energy Savings and the Milk Marketing Forum. Judith has a PhD from King’s College London and is a Registered Nutritionist.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis

Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist for Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. Dr. Mitloehner serves as the North American scientific lead for the Global Feed LCA Institute. Dr. Mitloehner is workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System”.

Dr. Gregory Miller, Global Chief Science Officer, National Dairy Council

Gregory D. Miller, Ph.D., M.A.C.N., Global CSO for National Dairy Council, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois. Dr. Miller is also Nutritional Security Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform and is recognized as a leading voice in the global food system. Dr. Miller is currently leading the effort to enhance dairy’s contributions toward a more sustainable food system by examining the intersection between nutrition, health, food insecurity, and environmental impact. Dr. Miller is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and served on the editorial board of many other journals.

Dr. Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center, University of California, Davis

Ermias Kebreab is Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director of World Food Center at University of California, Davis. He holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture. He conducts research in nutrition modeling and impact of livestock on the environment. He is contributing author to 2019 IPCC update, and chaired the feed additive and methane committees of FAO of the United Nations. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and received several awards including Excellence in Ruminant Nutrition and International Agriculture from American Society of Animal Science. He is a member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the US National Academy of Sciences. He is regularly an invited speaker and gave a TED talk in 2021. His research was in the top 10 of all research conducted at the University of California system in 2021.

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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.

Exhibitors

The 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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