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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 Sessions & Expo Hall
  • Day 1 Breakfast, Lunch & Expo Hall Reception
  • Day 2 Expo Hall Breakfast, Lunch & Reception

Industry and Trade Associations



  • Educational Sessions & Expo Hall
  • Day 1 Breakfast, Lunch & Expo Hall Reception
  • Day 2 Expo Hall Breakfast, Lunch & Reception

Government and Non-Profits



  • Educational Sessions & Expo Hall
  • Day 1 Breakfast, Lunch & Expo Hall Reception
  • Day 2 Expo Hall Breakfast, Lunch & Reception

2018 Agenda

Dairy’s Role in Advancing California’s Sustainability Objectives

9:00 AM

Opening Session

California dairy farmers are true pioneers—using innovation and cutting-edge research to redefine dairy farming for the nation.


  • Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, University of California, Davis

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Refreshment and Networking Break

Recharge and network during a brief coffee, tea and water break.

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

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.

12:10 PM


Enjoy a buffet lunch and time to network with dairy sustainability leaders.

1:00 PM


Stay tuned for our keynote speaker announcement.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM

Refreshment and Networking Break

Recharge and network during a brief coffee, tea and water break.

2:40 PM - 3:45 PM

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.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks

The California dairy industry continues to make considerable investments in the development of strategies, technologies, and programs to improve operational efficiency, boost sustainability, create new economic opportunities, and cement dairy’s place as a vital part of the Golden State’s 21st Century sustainable economy and the global food system.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Expo Hall Opening Reception

Join us for refreshments, including Real California Cheese. Network with dairy farmers and industry leaders. Connect with technology and service suppliers that can help the dairy industry continue to address environmental challenges with cost-effective solutions.

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

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Expo Hall

  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am – Continental Breakfast

  • 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm – Buffet Lunch

  • 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Reception

Join us in the expo hall and take advantage of the 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

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Educational Sessions

  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am – Opening Session

  • 9:30 am to 10:20 am – Breakout #1

  • 10:30 am to 11:20 am – Breakout #2

  • 11:30 am to 12:10 pm – Breakout #3

  • 1:40 pm to 2:30 pm – Breakout #4

  • 2:40 pm to 3:00 pm – Closing Remarks

The day two program will include a variety of breakout sessions, including:

  • 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?

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

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Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Mitloehner received a Master’s of Science degree in animal science and agricultural engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a PhD in animal science from Texas Technical University. Dr. Mitloehner is an expert for agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry.

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”.

Linda Eatherton

Partner, Managing Director Global Food & Beverage, Ketchum

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Linda Eatherton is an award winning global food marketing and communications expert who has spent over thirty years in her career working in on the front line of the food industry. Eatherton learned the business first-hand while working at Kraft in corporate communications and then later leading industry relations, issues management and marketing communications for the national dairy industry at Dairy Management Inc.

As global director of one of the world’s top marketing agencies’ most formidable Food Practice, Eatherton counseled Fortune 500 corporations, industry groups and channel suppliers around the world. Eartherton’s nose for news formed early at the University of Missouri where she received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism. Serving as president of the Society for Nutrition Education Foundation’s (SNEF) board of trustees, most recently was recently inducted into Les Dames de Escoffier as Eatherton blends real-world business practicality with the dynamic influences of perception, nutrition and culinary trends.

Bob Langert

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

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Bob Langert joined McDonald in 1983 with a management position in logistics, packaging and purchasing. Later, Langert was appointed McDonald’s first vice sustainability to lead sustainability in 2006. Langert led the development of McDonald’s 2020 Sustainability Vision and Framework, including McDonald’s commitment to the environment, supply chain sustainability, and balanced menu choices.

Langert retired from McDonald’s, March, 2015 and joined the GreenBiz Group, writing a regular column, The Inside View; and helping with the Green Biz Executive Network. Langert is president of Mainstream Sustainability, advising companies on sustainability strategies, and a nationally recognized speaker. Langert has a Master’s Degree in business from Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois and a Bachelor’s of Art from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.

Brian Fiscalini

CEO, Fiscalini Farms and Cheese Company

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Brian Fiscalini is the chief executive officer of Fiscalini Farms and Cheese Company. Before returning to the family business, Fiscalini worked as an intern in Northern Indiana and Central Wisconsin for Fair Oaks Dairy Farms. Fiscalini has worked in many aspects of animal husbandry, dairy cattle nutrition, growing crops, cheese manufacturing, sales and marketing for the family business. Fiscalini holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s of business administration from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Ashley Boren

Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation

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Ashley Boren is the executive director of Sustainable Conservation and has directed the strategy, growth and operations since 1997. Boren received a 2007 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her unwavering commitment to innovative, balanced problem-solving to address a variety of critical environmental problems facing California. Prior to Sustainable Conservation, Boren spent eight years at Smith & Hawken, a mail order and retail gardening company, working in finance, new business development, inventory planning and retail merchandising.

Boren began her career at The Nature Conservancy in program development and fundraising. In addition the work at Sustainable Conservation, Boren serves on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, on UC California’s President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources, and on the Executive Committee of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute’s External Advisory Board at UC Davis. Boren is a graduate of the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, which awarded her their 2008 Woman of the Year Award, and has a Bachelor of Arts in human biology, a Master’s of Art in applied economics and a Master’s of Business Administration from Stanford University.

Frank Cardoza

Consultant, Dairy Works, Farm Manager, Phillip Verwey Farms

Lynn Giacomini Stray

COO and Co-Owner, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheeses Co.

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Lynn Giacomini Stray is chief operating officer and co-owner of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheeses Co. Giacomini Stray began her career in sales and marketing in the wine industry in the early 90’s. In 1999, Giacomini Stray assisted the family operation in transitioning a conventional dairy into an artisan farmstead cheese operation. Giacomini Stray now manages the operations and sales for the company.

In August of 2000, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company made their first batch of Original Blue, California’s first classic style Blue Cheese. The farmstead line has grown to include Pt. Reyes Toma, Bay Blue, fresh Mozzarella, and aged Gouda. The Fork at Point Reyes, a Culinary and Educational Center, opened in 2010 offering educational and private venue event space emphasizing education and entertainment around the brand. Giacomini Stray is involved in local and sustainable agriculture organizations in the community, to preserve land and farming in Marin county, including the Marin agricultural Land Trust and the Agricultural institute of Marin.

Samir Sheikh

Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

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Samir Sheikh is the executive director and Air Pollution Control Officer for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Sheikh has nearly twenty years of experience in directing, developing, applying and administering air quality improvement programs. Sheikh was recently appointed to lead the largest air district in the state of California with some of the toughest air quality challenges in the nation.

Serving a region facing a variety of economic and public health challenges, Sheikh has led the development and implementation of some of the toughest and most innovative air pollution control strategies in the nation while working cooperatively with the regulated community to reduce administrative costs and achieve environmental and economic balance. Sheikh has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to form a variety of successful coalitions to bring significant resources to the Valley for incentive-based emission reduction programs.

Through these efforts, the San Joaquin Valley now has access to over $300 million per year in local, state and federal funds for clean air projects that expedite air quality improvement. To date, Mr. Sheikh has overseen the expenditure of over $1 billion in public/private investment in the San Joaquin Valley’s clean air efforts through voluntary programs.

Stan Henderson

Professor, California Polytechnic State University

Aaron Wickstrom

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

David Blakemore

President, Animal Nutrition & Health, DSM

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David Blakemore is the president of animal nutrition and health at DSM. Blakemore holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Blakemore joined DSM in his current position in May 2016, following a twenty-nine year career at The Dow Chemical Company. Blakemore has held several senior leadership positions, both global business and geographic regions, for Dow and Dow AgroSciences.

Blakemore was the president for Dow AgroSciences – Brasil, the president and general manager of Dow’s North Region of Latin America, Dow AgroSciences vice president of international business and Dow’s business president for the Specialty Chemicals division. In 2014, Blakemore assumed the responsibilities of vice president of global marketing and sales for Dow. Blakemore is a business leader with over thirty one years of experience in driving a strong focus on customers and markets with a disciplined approach to business and innovation.

Paul Sousa

Director of Regulatory & Environmental Affairs, Western United Dairymen

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Paul Sousa is the director of regulatory and environmental affairs with Western United Dairymen. Sousa is a graduate of UC Davis, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental resource science. Sousa has worked with UC Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County to reduce irrigation induced erosion and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board assessing compliance of confined animal facilities with state and federal water quality regulations. Sousa is a certified crop advisor with the American Society of Agronomy. Sousa has recently worked with his members to access funding for methane reductions from the Alternative Manure Management Program at California Department of Food and Agriculture

Annette Jones, D.V.M.

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

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Dr. Annette Jones is the director and state veterinarian for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Dr. Jones graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis with a degree in economics. Dr. Jones later attended the U.C. Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing as a private veterinarian for three years, Dr. Jones joined the California Department of Food and Agriculture in 2001. On July 1, 2004, Dr. Jones was appointed director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Services. In this capacity, Dr. Jones oversees an annual budget of $45.5 million and 222 employees engaged in programs for animal health, milk and dairy food safety, meat and poultry inspection, and livestock identification.

Dr. Jones also works closely with the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, which is operated by U.C. Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, under a contract with her Division. In September of 2010, besides continuing to perform as director, Dr. Jones was appointed state veterinarian, the position ultimately responsible for the State’s veterinary authority on animal health and food safety related to livestock and poultry.

Ermias Kebreab, PhD

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

Jenny Lester Moffitt

Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

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Jenny Lester Moffitt is a 5th generation California farmer and undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, also serving as Deputy Secretary from January 2015 – February 2018. Appointed to these positions by Governor Jerry Brown, Lester Moffitt works to engage stakeholders on issues that affect ranchers and farmers, including climate change, land use, water policy, and food security.

Prior to joining CDFA, Lester Moffitt spent 10 years as Managing Director at Dixon Ridge Farms, her family’s organic walnut farm and processing operation. As a farmer and policymaker, Lester Moffitt believes that agriculture is critically important to sustaining our environment, rural communities and economy.

Neil Black

President, California Bioenergy

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Neil Black is the president of California Bioenergy. Black has over twenty-five years of senior management experience and plays a key role in the operations, development and financing of CalBio projects. Black has also played an ongoing role in the state programs, incentives and legislation to lead to successful manure-methane capture projects. CalBio works closely with Dairy Cares, AECA, and other agricultural groups.

Black was also a founding member of the Bioenergy Association of California, and Neil was its first chairman. Working in partnership with the dairy industry, Black was involved in the development of the BioMAT and is now focused on creating effective revenue programs for vehicle fuels. Prior to joining CalBio, Black was managing principal at GreenOrder, a leading sustainability firm, which worked with GE, GM and other large companies. Black was also the chief executive officer of two technology start-ups and president of The Nation magazine. Black is also an advisor to the Broadscale Group. Neil earned a Master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School.

Daryl Maas

Founder and CEO, Maas Energy Works

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Daryl Maas is the founder and chief executive officer of Maas Energy Works, California’s largest dairy digester developer. The company has completed 10 California digesters, including a project on California’s largest dairy, and the state’s only operational dairy digester pipeline cluster, producing low carbon vehicle fuel.

Maas attended the Air Force Academy and served on various overseas deployments. Maas returned home in 2007 and found a new kind of career in agriculture. Now with eleven years of constant expansion in three states, Mass and his team of over 35 full time digester experts are thrilled to see California producers gaining value from dairy energy. The team provides digester development, 24/7 operations, and financing, while also being the only company in the market to build projects that are 100% owned by dairy families.

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

Founder and Principal, The AgriNutrition Edge

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Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND is a senior associate with The Context Network. Smith Edge is also the founder and principal of The AgriNutrition Edge, a consultancy committed to assisting food, health and agriculture organizations better navigate the changing consumer environment. Smith Edge is a recognized nutrition and sustainability thought leader.

Since 2008, Smith Edge has worked with commodity groups and the food industry on positioning sustainability and the relationship to diet and health, including involvement with Dairy Management, Inc and its initial Dairy Sustainability Summit. Smith Edge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky also formerly serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. Smith Edge has a Master’s degree in public health-nutrition from Western Kentucky University and earned a certification in appreciative inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Robert Hagevoort

Associate Professor & Extension Dairy Specialist, New Mexico State University

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Dr. Robert Hagevoort is an associate professor and extension dairy specialist at New Mexico State University. Dr. Hagevoort earned his Bachelor’s degree in tropical animal production from the College for Tropical Agriculture in Deventer, The Netherlands. Dr. Hagevoort received a M.S. and a Ph.D. both from Texas A&M University.

Prior to joining New Mexico State University as an extension dairy specialist, Dr. Hagevoort served as an independent dairy consultant primarily in the Southwestern U.S. as an extension specialist, he has been working closely with the dairy Industry focusing regulatory and environmental issues, and initiated an effort to rebuild a dairy program at NMSU through the formation of the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium. A key component of his current extension program is the development and implementation of a comprehensive dairy workforce training & safety program.

Cliff Gladstein

President, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

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Mr. Cliff Gladstein is the founder and president of Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA). For over twenty-two years, he has been local, state, and national leader in the effort to develop cost-effective policies, programs, and products to reduce pollution from transportation, relieve the nation’s dependence on petroleum, and create innovative public-private partnerships to pursue market-based solutions for environmental problems.

Mr. Gladstein is the founder of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC), the nation’s first and most successful public-private partnership to accelerate the commercialization of clean alternative fuel vehicles in the interstate movement of goods. He has used his knowledge and experience to develop and implement clean transportation and power generation technology deployment programs and incentive programs.

Mr. Gladstein is on the board of the Bioenergy Association of California, Chairs the Education Fund of the California League of Conservation Voters, and teaches air quality policy at the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability. He has been an advisor to the University of Southern California’s Sustainable Cities Program and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds three graduate degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Katie Brown, Ed.D., RDN

Senior Vice President Sustainable Nutrition, National Dairy Council

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Katie Brown, Ed.D., RDN joined National Dairy Council (NDC) in June 2017 as senior vice president of sustainable nutrition. Brown has a passion for connecting agriculture, food, nutrition and health to elevate sustainable nutrition as relevant, meaningful and actionable. Brown leads thought leadership and education efforts to educate people on the benefit of dairy to health and sustainable food systems across the lifespan. Brown is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in dietetics and nutrition and a Doctorate degree in education.

Prior to joining NDC, Brown served as the chief global nutrition strategy officer and national education director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. In these roles, Brown led the planning for a new vision and strategic direction for the profession, as it reached its hundredth year centennial in 2017. Brown was also responsible for the Academy Foundation’s Future of Food and Kids Eat Right public education and community-based nutrition research initiatives.

Jack Broadbent

Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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Jack Broadbent serves as the chief executive officer/air pollution control officer for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Under Mr. Broadbent’s direction, the Air District strives to provide a healthy breathing environment for every resident in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area region.

Mr. Broadbent joined the Air District after serving as Air Division director at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Region IX. In that position, Mr. Broadbent was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Clean Air Act as well as indoor air quality and radiation programs for the Pacific Southwest region of the United States. Before serving at the U.S. EPA, Mr. Broadbent served as the deputy executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District as well as the director of planning and other senior management positions. While at the South Coast Air District, Mr. Broadbent directed the development of a number of landmark programs that contributed to significant improvements in air quality in the Los Angeles region.

In the 1980s, Mr. Broadbent served as corporate environmental programs manager for the largest private employer in California: Hughes Aircraft Company. Mr. Broadbent holds a Master’s degree in environmental administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science—both from the University of California, Riverside.

Cindy Schweitzer, PhD

Principal, Schweitzer Consulting LLC

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Cindy Schweitzer founded Schweitzer Consulting LLC to provide nutrition and food science expertise for the food industry, including insights about complex diet-health relationships, translating scientific evidence and identifying research priorities. Schweitzer’s global technical expertise spans for more than thirty years in non-profit, ingredient and food service organizations.

Most recently, Schweitzer was technical director for Global Dairy Platform where facilitating world-wide collaborative efforts on dairy nutrition and health issues and research initiatives to promote dairy foods as nutritious components of healthy sustainable diets. Schweitzer previously worked for McDonald’s Corporation driving their worldwide nutrition strategy on regulatory guidelines and labeling standards. As senior scientist with Cognis Corporation (formerly Henkel), Schweitzer led research and regulatory efforts, similar to prior work directing the nutrition research program for the National Livestock and Meat Board. Schweitzer’s career started in dairy food manufacturing as a technical sales representative for Marschall Products Division of Miles Laboratories. Schweitzer obtained a PhD in human nutrition at Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science in food science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Anja Raudabaugh

CEO, Western United Dairymen

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Anja Raudabaugh is the chief executive officer of Western United Dairymen (WUD). Raudabaugh came to WUD from the Madera County Farm Bureau serving as the executive director for four years. Prior to this role at the Farm Bureau, Raudabaugh worked as a project manager for a Fortune 500 Company, and as the senior legislative assistant for Congressman Doug Ose, representing California’s 3rd District in Washington D.C. Previously, Raudabaugh was the marketing director for the California Asparagus Commission and district representative for State Senator Dick Monteith. Raudabaugh’s extensive experience in the political environment adds tremendous value to the organization. Raudabaugh’s time in Sacramento working as a project manager and technical adviser handling CEQA and NEPA requirements as they applied to state and federal agencies, has lent her a skill set adept with navigating complex issues.

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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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