World Ag Expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind, featuring 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds. 

This year’s event will be held Feb. 11-13 at the International Agri-Center, 4500 South Laspina St., Tulare, Calif. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.  

Admission is $15 at the gate children 6 and under enter free). Purchase tickets online at

Downloadable and interactive maps of the World Ag Expo show grounds are available at Be sure to stop and meet the Dairy Herd Management staff. We're located in Booth 6503 in the Farm Credit Dairy Center.

For a schedule of special events, visit


Dairy tours

While in the nation’s largest dairy state, you may have the opportunity to visit some large-scale dairies through daily World Ag Expo tours.

A tour on Tuesday and Thursday includes stops at Elkhorn and Milky Way Dairies, located less than 20 miles from the International Agri-Center. The 4.5-hour tour begins at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $40, including a box lunch.

Elkhorn Dairy features a state-of-the-art carousel milking parlor, milking 3,300 cows 3X. The dairy uses solar power to provide electricity to the dairy. At Milky Way Dairy, their herringbone parlor manages two herds in tandem and milks 3X.

Wednesday’s dairy tour includes stops at Curtimade Dairy and the University of California’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Research Center in Tulare. The 4-hour tour begins at 9:15 a.m. and costs $40, with a box lunch included.

Curtimade Dairy is a 3,000-Holstein dairy with a 1,100-acre farm. The dairy has a solar mounted tracking system, which covers four acres and provides a savings of approximately $145,000 a year.

The UC facility is a leading educational and research organization for dairy production medicine and herd health. Staff will provide a look at the facility and answer questions on dairy health situations.

For more information on World Ag Expo tours, visit


Dairy & Forage seminars

Of special interest to dairy producers, dairy, forage and other seminars will be held in the seminar tents, just south of the Dairy Center.

Dairy seminars will be held daily, with hay and forage seminars scheduled for Tuesday (see schedule below). In addition, Beef, General Ag, Irrigation and International Trade seminars, are also planned. For more information and a complete schedule, visit


Driving directions

Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, World Ag Expo Expo is just off Highway 99, midway between Fresno and Bakersfield.

If traveling north on Highway 99: Exit at Avenue 184 or Avenue 200 and follow the signs.

If traveling south on Highway 99: Exit at Paige Avenue or Avenue 200.


There are also free park and ride locations. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Tulare: County Fairgrounds, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., and Mid-Valley Cotton Gin, 626 W. Cartmill Ave. Shuttles run every 15 to 20 minutes.

•  Visalia: First Assembly of God Church, 3737 S. Akers St. Shuttles run every 30 minutes.

World Ag Expo visitors seeking transportation from Fresno and Clovis Park should make advance reservations by calling 559-641-6789 or visit Round trip is $30 per day.

For other World Ag Expo contact information, visit; phone: 800-999-9186 or 559-688-1030; or email






Tuesday, Feb. 11 
10:30-11:30 a.m.  Don't Just Make More Dairy Heifers Jerry Wulf, President of Wulf Cattle, will discuss his beef cattle operation's partnerships with dairies to breed Limousin genetics to lower-ranking Jersey cows in order to produce higher-quality beef steers.      


12-1 p.m.    
Lunch-and-Learn: Commodity Market Risk Management This macroeconomic presentation will take you through dairy, feed, currency and energy market conditions, potential price scenarios and the steps you must take when running enterprises dependent on commodity market prices. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Video Farm Tour: Scott Brothers Dairy Farms, San Jacinto, Calif.     
See how this 100-year-old family-run Southern California turns its manure into renewable diesel, producing clean water and dry fertilizer as byproducts. 

Wednesday, Feb. 12                                           

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
2014 Milk Prices              Rabobank Global Dairy Strategist Tim Hunt will present an outlook of domestic and global milk markets for 2014.                       

12-1 p.m.      
Lunch-and-Learn: What Does the Consumer Want?       Find out how today's consumers fit milk and dairy products into their fast-paced, health-conscious diets. Discover how on-the-go lifestyles will impact demand for dairy. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1:30-2:30 p.m.      
Panel Discussion: A "Whole" New Market
Speaker: Tim Hunt, Rabobank  Rabobank Global Dairy Strategist Tim Hunt will moderate a panel discussion with milk co-op executives about the emergence of whole milk powder production in the West. Invited panel participants include California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Darigold.

3-4 p.m.      
Wisdom in Minutes      Attend this session and take home a tip or trick to improve your dairy’s efficiency. Session will feature mini-presentations from leading California dairy producers, nutritionists and veterinarians, sharing information on tools they’ve discovered to save time, money or unnecessary hassle.    

Thursday, Feb. 13                             

12-1 p.m.    
Lunch-and-Learn: Commodity Market Risk Management            This macroeconomic presentation will take you through dairy, feed, currency and energy market conditions, potential price scenarios and the steps you must take when running enterprises dependent on commodity market prices. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1:30-2:30 p.m.      
Video tour: Pirtle & Sons Dairy, Roswell, New Mexico See how this farming family got into the dairy business less than a decade ago. Since then, they've taken an out-of-the-box approach to dairy herd health, adopting the use of ozone gas for a multitude of on-farm applications including in the parlor, footbaths and hospital pen.    




Tuesday, Feb. 11

10-10:45 a.m.  
Predicting the 2014 Western Hay Market            Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report, will discuss weather conditions and their impact on the Western alfalfa hay market. The dynamics of large quantities of lower-quality hay and tighter, high-quality alfalfa hay supplies — with variations in alfalfa hay plantings and acreage — will make 2014 an interesting year for the Western alfalfa-hay industry.                                             

11 a.m.-12 p.m.  
Top 5 Production Practices to Improve Alfalfa Yield and Profitability Steve Orloff, University of California, Siskiyou County Farm Advisor, will discuss how solid agronomic management increases alfalfa yield and the bottom line             

1-1:45 p.m.      
Closing the Quality Gap from Field to Feeding Dale Hohlbauch, Hay and Forage Specialist, Garton Tractor, will review steps to adjust and operate harvesting equipment to help you close the gap between feed-quality goals and harvesting realities.                   

2-3:15 p.m.      
What’s the Buzz About Shredlage?        Jamey Albrecht, Corn Product Manager, Mycogen Seeds, will lead a panel discussion on Shredlage®, a new method of silage processing that shreds rather than chops the corn plant for higher digestibility. Panelists include Jed Asmus, January Innovation, Inc.; Darren Dias, Delta View Farm; Jared Fragoso, Dias & Fragoso Custom Chopping; Roger Olson, Shredlage, LLC.




1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.      
5 Ways To Be A Better Agvocate Now   
Speaker: Amanda Radke, BEEF Daily Editor With social media, connecting with consumers is easy to do from the remote location on the ranch, but do cattlemen always respond to negative media attention in the best way? Here are 5 ways to be a better agvocate now.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.      
A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste…A Comic Adventure          
Speaker: Leigh Rubin, Beef Magazine Through his humorous presentations Leigh emphasizes the rewards of persistence and the fun of problem solving while celebrating creativity. Rubin uses cattle as a frequent foil in his cartoons, which appear in more than 400 publications worldwide.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Catching Up to Yesterday           
Speaker: Wes Ishmael, BEEF Magazine The willingness and ability of industry sectors to work closer together will determine industry size. Moreover, informal strategic alliances represent vast, untapped potential for individual producers.  Ishmael will detail the opportunities.     



WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12                                                                                                  

9-10:30 a.m.    
Obamacare: Where Do Ag Employers Go from Here?
Speaker: Bryan Little, Chief Operating Officer, Farm Employers Labor Service   Employers will learn what they must do after the one year reprieve from the Affordable Care Act. Bryan will also present what you need to know if you are a large employer under the regulations or not, and what your options may be.            

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   
Sexual Harassment Training for Agricultural Supervisors             
Speaker: Santos Martinez, Labor Management Consultant, Farm Employers Labor Service Do you know what is at risk if you have a complaint? Do you know what sexual harassment training is required for the workers you supervise? Have you been through the training before and need a renewal, or will this be your first time?

1 p.m.-3 p.m. 
Implementing the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program 
Panelists: David Orth, General Manager Kings River Conservation Distirict; David De Groot, VP 4Creeks, Inc.; John Schaap, VP Provost & Pritchard; Casey Creamer, CA Cotton Growers & CA Cotton Ginners Associations These experienced experts have a question for you: Do you farm in the Central Valley? Do you own irrigated land in the Central Valley? If you answered yes to either, then you need to know if you are ready to implement the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. This seminar will educate growers about the requirements of the new General Order, answer their questions, and provide direction for what is ahead for implementation of the IRLP.

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.      
The Food Safety Modernization Act: What Does This Mean to Farmers, Growers, Packers?        
Speaker: Mary Ellen Taylor, Public Affairs Officer, US Food and Drug Agency Discuss the proposed and final rules of the FSMA; what is required by you as a grower or packer; the upcoming deadlines; import requirements, and third party audits.                                                                                     



THURSDAY IRRIGATION SEMINARS Presented by: International Center for Water Technology and the Irrigation Association                           

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Agricultural Activities of the Irrigation Association
Speaker: John Farner, Irrigation Association      Hear an update from the Irrigation Association.                

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Good Irrigation Efficiency by Increasing Distribution Uniformity
Speaker: Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology Learn about irrigation efficiency by increasing distribution uniformity.    

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
Irrigation Automation with Wireless Telemetry              
Speaker: Jacob Christfort, Ranch Systems As water becomes more scarce and costly, irrigation monitoring and control becomes an imperative. Partial or full automation not only saves on labor costs, but provides more precise control and data on the amount of water delivered to crops (conserving water and better controlling plant growth). This session consists of: 1) Wireless Telemetry Technology, 2) Software Overview and Demonstration and 3) Case Study results from a pistachios and wine grape grower in Lemoore, CA.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Leveraging Irrigation Technology in Drought Conditions-Tree, Vine and Row Crops
Speaker: Pat Biddy, Irrigation Matters Projections are already being made that irrigation water available to growers in 2014 to be worse than 2013. We will discuss the tools that are available to growers that will allow them to maximize their available irrigation water.

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    
Volumetric Flowmeters Selection, Operation & Maintenance for Water & Irrigation Operators and Maintenance Personnel 
Speaker: Craig Pfaff, Seametrics Flow Meters and Controls Flow meters offering volumetric measurement have been used for many years by both water and irrigation personnel for custody transfer, system flow analysis, throughput monitoring, control system pacing, and other applications. However, the "right" meter is often selected across very divergent applications, without applying in-depth criteria or consideration as to the specific nature of the application, such as environmental temperature and humidity, media pressure and amount/size of solids, accuracy across volumetric range, or ease of access and replacement by maintenance personnel. This seminar will explore application-specific selection criteria of volumetric flow meters from the viewpoint of water and irrigation operations and maintenance personnel.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Pivot Applications in California Using pivot applications in California.                     

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.      
Filters and Savings for Both Sides of Your Pump              
Speaker: Randy Delenikos, LAKOS Filtration Systems It is no longer good enough that a filter can protect a pump or irrigation system from clogging or abrasive wear.  The obvious benefits of such protection can and should nowadays extend further to assist the maximum savings possible for an irrigation system.  Select products and specific savings will be detailed with quantifiable savings.  Common applications and uncommon savings potential will be reviewed.  Products installed on the suction of a pump and on the discharge of a pump will be targeted.  Lastly, a simple checklist of criteria will be shared that can help select the right product and achieve the maximum savings potential.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Value of Educating your Field Laborers for Drip Micro          
Speaker: Jim Anshutz, AG H20 Today’s agricultural operations rely on more sophistication and technology.  Irrigation is a prime example of the need to educate field laborers in the operation and maintenance of irrigation components like filters, valves and various other components of a system.  Not maintaining a drip system can cost a grower in water, power and fertilizer, say nothing about reduction of yield. 

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.      
Drip Irrigation  Learn how to manage drip irrigation for efficiency.     




TUESDAY, Feb. 11

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Going Global Hear first-hand from a panel of international trade professionals how to develop the skills you need to lead across cultures and borders.                      

11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.   
The New Global Consumer Prepare your company to meet the demands of today and tomorrow’s exploding number of global consumers. Learn more about the key trends driving who your next customers may be, what they want, and how to best make your company ready.                            

1-2 p.m.       
Importance of American-made Agricultural Machinery Exports to U.S. Economy U.S. agricultural equipment manufacturers face growing opportunities in many dynamic markets as well as significant export challenges. Find out how vital these exports are to U.S. manufacturers and workers.             

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.      
How Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Affect Agricultural Trade?          
Increase your knowledge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its importance in eliminating agricultural trade barriers.  The TPP, currently under negotiation with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, Vietnam and Japan, will further deepen this trade and investment.