2015 Convention - Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite
2015 Convention - Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite

Wednesday, March 18

8:30 am – 4:00 pm               Registration



9:00 am–10:20 pm             “Labor Update for Dairy Producers”

                                                      Anthony Raimondo, Attorney, Raimondo & Associates

10:25 am – 11:10 am          “Crossbreeding to Beef: The Trends, the Strategies and Markets”

                                                      Colten Green, National Accounts Manager, Genex Cooperative, Inc.

10:25 am – 11:10 am          “How to Prevent an On-Farm Animal Activist Video”

                                                      California Milk Advisory Board representative

1:15 am – 12:00 pm             “The Keys to Success in Alfalfa Production” PANEL

11:15 am – 12:00 pm           “The Dairy Margin Protection Program in California”

                                            Chip Whalen, Vice President, Education & Research, CIH

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm            Lunch Social and Trade Show Kickoff

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm              “Healthcare Reform: The Good, Bad and Ugly"

                                                         Rick Adams and Regan Jennings, Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm              Milk and Ice Cream Break              

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm              “Sunshine Power: New Legislation Attracting More Dairies to Solar”

                                                      PANEL DISCUSSION

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm              “Where Good Comes From - The Story of the Consumer Confidence System Built to Tell Dairy's Story and  

                                                  How You Can Help Balance Consumer Conversations and Build Consumer Confidence”

                                                           Stan Erwine, Vice President - Farmer Relations and Activation, Dairy Management, Inc.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm              “Tax Exemptions for the Ag Industry” (a workshop for both trade show vendors and dairy producers)

             David Rivera, Business Taxes Specialist II,  California State Board of Equalization                                                        Dan Ferguson, Business Taxes Specialist I, California State Board of Equalization

4:45 pm                                  Trade Show Closes

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm              Wine Tasting

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm              “Pair and Share: An Evening with California Cheese and Wine”

                                               Mark Todd, The Cheese Dude

Come and enjoy the pleasures of of pairing hand-crafted California cheeses with wine, beer and more! This expertly guided tasting will explore a range of cheeses from soft and fresh to aged and crumbly and beyond, paired with specific beverages ranging from sparkling, red and white wines, to craft beers and even dry ciders. Learn the principles of pairing, as well as how to set up your own pairings and tastings.

7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm               Membership Dinner

Thursday, March 19

7:00 am – 8:00 am             Breakfast

7:30 am – 4:00 pm               Registration

8:00 am – 4:30 pm               Trade Show Open

8:45 am – 9:15 am               Annual Meeting

9:15 am – 9:45 am            Coffee Break

10:00 am                               Ladies Day Program - Meet in Hotel Lobby


For members: Begin your day with a hands-on demonstration in spring floral arranging. Learn the tricks of the trade of professional floral designers, so you can create beautiful, affordable arrangements of your own. Enjoy 4-star dining when you join the other convention attendees for lunch at Tenaya Lodge. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel's Ascent Spa, where you will be given a gift certificate to use toward the services of your choice. There is a limited number of spaces available for this event, so register early and only if you will be able to attend.


9:45 am – 10:15 am             “Financing Dairy Farming in Africa”

                                              John Magnay, Head of Agriculture, Opportunity  International (Uganda)

10:15 am – 10:45am           "Evolving Consumer Perception Good for Long Term Growth"

                                              John D. Talbot, CEO, California Milk Advisory Board

10:45 am – 11:30 am         “Checkoff-led Fluid Milk Innovation Plans, Partnerships and Investment”

                                                         Alan Reed, Senior Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing & Ingredient Marketing, Dairy Management, Inc.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm          Trade Show Break

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm            Luncheon

                                              Keynote Address - Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm            Milk and Ice Cream Break

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm               "Global Dairy Outlook"

                                              Tom Bailey, Analyst, Food and Agribusiness Research Group, Rabobank

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm              “Federal Milk Marketing Order for California” 

                                                        Eric Erba, Sr. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, CDI                       

                                                        Bill Wise, Market Administrator, Arizona and Pacific Northwest Milk Orders, USDA

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm              Water Challenges 2015 and Beyond”

                                                         Dan Dooley, Of Counsel, Bolen Fransen & Sawyers

4:30 pm                                  Trade Show Closes

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm              Cocktail Social

5:30 pm 7:00 pm                 Meet and Greet: John Magnay, Head of Agriculture, Opportunity  International (Uganda)

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm              Annual Banquet

                                         Banquet Entertainment


Friday, March 20

7:30 am – 8:15 am             Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:10 am               “Report from Sacramento”

                                              Gary Conover, Director of Government Relations, Western United Dairymen 

9:10 am – 9:50 am               “Report from Washington DC”

                                              Charlie Garrison, Political Advocate, The Garrison Group

10:00 am – 11:30 am          District Delegate Business Meeting

12:00 pm                               Convention Adjourns


All times, dates, topics and speakers subject to change.

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