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

2020 Featured Speakers

Ermias Kebreab, PhD

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

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Dr. Ermias Kebreab is a professor of Animal Science and holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Animal Agriculture at the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis. Dr. Kebreab was appointed associate vice provost at UC Davis Global Affairs in 2016 to advance the university’s engagement in international education. Dr. Kebreab also serves as the deputy director of Agricultural Sustainability Institute. Dr. Kebreab conducts research on reducing the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, including the sustainable use of feed additives.

Dr. Kebreab has served in several national and international committees including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Kebreab has mentored or hosted over 30 scholars in his laboratory and authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles, 34 book chapters, and edited 5 books.

Dr Kebreab received several awards including International Agriculture Award and AFIA Ruminant Nutrition Award from American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Kebreab received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Asmara, Eritrea, Master of Science and Ph.D. from University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Ashley Rosales

Program Director of Nutrition Sciences, Dairy Council of California

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Ashley Rosales, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is the Program Director of Nutrition Sciences for Dairy Council of California where she oversees programs and strategies that improve the health of children and families through developing lifelong healthy eating habits. Driven by Dr. Bruce Daggy’s quote, “Let’s build wellness rather than treating disease,” Ashley specializes in applying consensus research to amplify the important role of milk and dairy foods in healthy, sustainable eating patterns and addressing nutritional needs across the lifespan to support optimal health. With a professional background in strategic planning, issues management, trends tracking and communications, Ashley leads efforts to empower stakeholders to use evidenced-based nutrition science to ensure communities have access to nutritious foods and to make healthy eating easier. Ashley serves as a steering committee member for the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative and carries volunteer leadership roles in the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the California Conference of Local Health Department Nutritionists. Ashley is a media spokesperson for both traditional and social media channels. She received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and completed her dietetic internship program at Napa State Hospital.

Phil Lempert

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

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For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru®, Lempert has served as food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, reporting on consumer trends, food safety and moneysaving tips, as well as showcasing new products, with regular appearances on ABC’s The View, FOX Business, Dr. Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, and FOX.

Well-known as an author and speaker, Lempert was one of the pioneers of the new information media, founding SupermarketGuru.com, one of the leading online food and health resources, in 1994. He is the founder and editor of The Lempert Report, the founder and CEO of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance and develops and manages programs for organizations including the National Restaurant Association, Specialty Foods Association and Food Marketing Institute. He serves on numerous boards including: U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Honor the Harvest, Sial Innovation Jury, Seminis, Ingenuity and Betterer Foods Advisory Boards.

Phil Lempert graduated from Drexel University with degrees in Marketing and Retail Management and did his Post-Graduate studies at Pratt Institute. He worked at McDonald’s and Howard Johnson’s before joining his family’s food brokerage firm. Lempert went on to create Lempert Advertising. A resident of California, Lempert’s roots are in the Belleville, New Jersey dairy farm started by his grandfather. The family food tradition carried on through his father’s work as a food manufacturer, distributor and broker and then to Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru.

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. She has initiated programs to provide greater opportunities for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable environmental stewardship practices through water conservation, energy efficiency, nutrient management and ecosystem services.

The Secretary has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a graduate of the Nebraska Ag Leadership Program.

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. He is also Nutritional Security Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform and is recognized as a leading voice in the global food system. He 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 graduated in 1978 from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Nutrition, in 1982 earned a M.S. and in 1986 a Ph.D. in Nutrition (Toxicology)) from The Pennsylvania State University.

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. He has served as President for the American College of Nutrition. He was a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Nutrition.

In October of 2016, Dr. Miller was appointed to a Food and Agricultural Organization HLPE to carry out a study on Nutrition and Food Systems that fed into the CFS debates at the 44th session in 2017.

Dr. Miller has presented more than 120 invited lectures and has published more than 160 research papers, reviews, articles, and abstracts. He has co-edited three books on diet, nutrition, and toxicology and contributed chapters to nine books.

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 for 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”.

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CA Dairy Summit Speakers:

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

Dr. Ermias Kebreab is a professor of Animal Science and holds the Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Animal Agriculture at the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis. Dr. Kebreab was appointed associate vice provost at UC Davis Global Affairs in 2016 to advance the university’s engagement in international education. Dr. Kebreab also serves as the deputy director of Agricultural Sustainability Institute. Dr. Kebreab conducts research on reducing the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, including the sustainable use of feed additives.

Dr. Kebreab has served in several national and international committees including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Kebreab has mentored or hosted over 30 scholars in his laboratory and authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles, 34 book chapters, and edited 5 books.

Dr Kebreab received several awards including International Agriculture Award and AFIA Ruminant Nutrition Award from American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Kebreab received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Asmara, Eritrea, Master of Science and Ph.D. from University of Reading, United Kingdom.

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

Ashley Rosales, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is the Program Director of Nutrition Sciences for Dairy Council of California where she oversees programs and strategies that improve the health of children and families through developing lifelong healthy eating habits. Driven by Dr. Bruce Daggy’s quote, “Let’s build wellness rather than treating disease,” Ashley specializes in applying consensus research to amplify the important role of milk and dairy foods in healthy, sustainable eating patterns and addressing nutritional needs across the lifespan to support optimal health. With a professional background in strategic planning, issues management, trends tracking and communications, Ashley leads efforts to empower stakeholders to use evidenced-based nutrition science to ensure communities have access to nutritious foods and to make healthy eating easier. Ashley serves as a steering committee member for the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative and carries volunteer leadership roles in the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the California Conference of Local Health Department Nutritionists. Ashley is a media spokesperson for both traditional and social media channels. She received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis and completed her dietetic internship program at Napa State Hospital.

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

For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru®, Lempert has served as food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, reporting on consumer trends, food safety and moneysaving tips, as well as showcasing new products, with regular appearances on ABC’s The View, FOX Business, Dr. Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, and FOX.

Well-known as an author and speaker, Lempert was one of the pioneers of the new information media, founding SupermarketGuru.com, one of the leading online food and health resources, in 1994. He is the founder and editor of The Lempert Report, the founder and CEO of the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance and develops and manages programs for organizations including the National Restaurant Association, Specialty Foods Association and Food Marketing Institute. He serves on numerous boards including: U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Honor the Harvest, Sial Innovation Jury, Seminis, Ingenuity and Betterer Foods Advisory Boards.

Phil Lempert graduated from Drexel University with degrees in Marketing and Retail Management and did his Post-Graduate studies at Pratt Institute. He worked at McDonald’s and Howard Johnson’s before joining his family’s food brokerage firm. Lempert went on to create Lempert Advertising. A resident of California, Lempert’s roots are in the Belleville, New Jersey dairy farm started by his grandfather. The family food tradition carried on through his father’s work as a food manufacturer, distributor and broker and then to Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru.

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. She has initiated programs to provide greater opportunities for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable environmental stewardship practices through water conservation, energy efficiency, nutrient management and ecosystem services.

The Secretary has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a graduate of the Nebraska Ag Leadership Program.

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. He is also Nutritional Security Sector Lead for the Global Dairy Platform and is recognized as a leading voice in the global food system. He 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 graduated in 1978 from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Nutrition, in 1982 earned a M.S. and in 1986 a Ph.D. in Nutrition (Toxicology)) from The Pennsylvania State University.

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. He has served as President for the American College of Nutrition. He was a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Nutrition.

In October of 2016, Dr. Miller was appointed to a Food and Agricultural Organization HLPE to carry out a study on Nutrition and Food Systems that fed into the CFS debates at the 44th session in 2017.

Dr. Miller has presented more than 120 invited lectures and has published more than 160 research papers, reviews, articles, and abstracts. He has co-edited three books on diet, nutrition, and toxicology and contributed chapters to nine books.

Frank Mitloehner, PhD, 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 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”.

2020 Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Partners

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.

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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