World Ag Expo will present three days of seminars, in the newly expanded Expo Seminar Center, with a different emphasis each day. The expanded seminar, located in the southeast area of the grounds, seats 90 attendees. All of World Ag Expo’s seminars are provided free of charge with a paid admission.

This year’s dairy seminars will include speakers addressing such topics as supply management, the availability of business financing, economic ups and downs impacting the producers’ bottom line, and the growth and challenges seen in the farmstead/artisan cheese industry.

Dairy Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 9

  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. TBA
  • 11:45 a.m. – Noon 2010 Outstanding Dairy Industry Educator/Researcher Award Presentation Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M University
  • Noon – 12:15 p.m. Dairy Management Inc., Producer Report
  • 12:15 p.m. –1 p.m. Lunch and Supply Management Panel Doug Maddox, Holstein USA, moderator; panel will include Syp Vander Dussen, president, Milk Producers Council; Gary Genske, Genske Mulder & Co; and Marvin Hoekema, founder and president, Dairy Decisions Consulting.
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Ag Lending: Financing Availability Panel will include Doug Berg, Farm Credit West; Marc Ehlers, regional vice president, Bank of the West and Sean Haynes, Rabobank; John Ellsworth of Success Strategies, moderator.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Feed efficiency critical during hard times Mary Beth de Ondarza. Sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition
  • 11:45 a.m. – Noon 2010 Outstanding Dairy Producer of the Year Carrol Campbell, Winfield, Kan.
  • Noon – 12:15 p.m. Dairy Management Inc., Producer Report
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH Speaker TBA
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel? Genske, Mulder & Co. will present a panel of financial experts to share their insight concerning the extreme milk market volatility dairy producers experienced this past year.

Thursday, Feb. 11

  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. TBA
  • 11:45 a.m. – Noon 2010 Outstanding Dairy Industry Development Award Lorie Vincent (High Ground of Texas) and Janet Claborn (Muleshoe, Texas) Economic Development Corp.)
  • 12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dairy Management Inc., Producer Report
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Artisan/ Farmstead Cheese Panel John Fiscalini, Marisa Simoes (Three Sisters Farmstead Cheese), Bill Boersma (Bravo Farms); and moderator Harold Peterson, director, California Milk Advisory Board.
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Cheese Tasting The event will featuring cheeses from Fiscalini Farms, Three Sisters Farmstead Cheese, and Bravo Farms. (Tentative)

The 43rd annual World Ag Expo 2010, powering global agriculture, will run February 9–11 at the International Agri-Center show grounds in Tulare, Calif. An estimated 100,000 attendees from 67 countries are expected to attend World Ag Expo this year. The expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,600 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.

Online attendee registration is now open at Those who register online through Feb. 1 will save time at the gate, $2 off daily admission, and be automatically entered to win a Yamaha Rhino and other registration prizes. World Ag Expo tickets are $10 online if purchased before Feb. 1, or $12 at the gate. Attendees who pick up their badges at the onsite registration center also will receive a complimentary admission to West Coast Nationals on the same day. For more information about West Coast Nationals, go to

Source: World Ag Expo