CA: Speakers Announced for the Virtual California Dairy Sustainability Summit

California Dairy Sustainability Summit

Dairy farmers, state officials, technology providers, researchers, and partners will speak at the virtual California Dairy Sustainability Summit, November 5-6, 2020.

The second California Dairy Sustainability Summit takes place online this November 5-6, with two education-packed days of keynotes and panels, 50+ expert speakers, and 600+ registered attendees. The event brings together dairy farmers, policy makers, industry leaders, and partners to showcase successes and amplify efforts to advance planet-smart, sustainable practices. Recognizing that true sustainability includes economic and social aspects in addition to environmental, the agenda takes a comprehensive look at the dairy supply chain and ways to support family dairy farmers as they implement innovative technologies and strategies. Ultimately, the program aims to help ensure the continued availability of affordable and nutrient-rich foods—now and for future generations.





Virtual event attendees will enjoy an exciting line-up of speakers, bringing unique expertise and important perspectives as they discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding dairy sustainability.

California dairy farmers will share what they are doing to invest in new technologies and participate in industry-wide efforts to improve the environment and serve their communities. Speakers include:

  • Tyler Ribeiro, Dairy Farmer and California Cattle Council Board Member, Rib-Arrow Dairy
  • Jennifer Beretta, Dairy Farmer, Beretta Family Organic Dairy
  • Brad Scott, Dairy Farmer and Chairman of Dairy Council of California, Scott Brothers Dairy Farms
  • Jonathon Postma, Managing Partner, Pete Postma and Sons Dairy

Leading policymakers and government officials will discuss achievements and current progress in working with dairy farmers to advance the protection of natural resources. Speakers include:

  • Richard Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
  • Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Taryn Ravazzini, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources
  • Carlos Suarez, California State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service





Top executives from the nation’s leading dairy organizations will share what they are doing to support family dairy farmers and assure customers and consumers of sustainable practices. Speakers include:

  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council
  • David Darr, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Dairy Farmers of America
  • Rob Vandenheuvel, Senior Vice President, Member & Industry Relations, California Dairies, Inc
  • Pete Kappelman, Senior Vice President, Member and Government Relations, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

World-leading scientists in the areas of climate change and livestock emissions, who will discuss the latest research, climate warming impacts, and opportunities to continue reducing methane emissions. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Myles Allen, Professor, Head of the Climate Dynamics Group, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, Director, CLEAR Center, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Ermias Kebreab, Professor and Sesnon Endowed Chair, Director, World Food Center, Associate Dean of Global Engagement, University of California, Davis

Experts in consumer trends, nutrition, and sustainable food sourcing will talk about health and nutrition needs, consumer expectations, and opportunities to continue advancing sustainability throughout the supply chain. Speakers include:

  • Emily Johannes, Category Manager for Ethical Sourcing, Nestlé USA
  • Steve Lerch, President, Story Arc Consulting
  • Phil Lempert, Founder and Editor, Founder and CEO, The Lempert Report, Retail Dietitians Business Alliance
  • Ashley Rosales, Program Director of Nutrition Sciences, Dairy Council of California

Technical experts, technology providers, and partners, will share about their efforts to support dairy farmers in implementing innovative technologies. Speakers include:

  • Lyle Schlyer, President, Calgren Dairy Fuels
  • Mark van Nieuwland, VP and Program Director, DSM Nutritional Products
  • David Jones, Robotic Specialist, DeLaval
  • Theresa Dunham, Partner, Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP.

Organizers will use an interactive online platform to host educational sessions, a virtual research poster session and expo hall, and valuable networking opportunities to promote the advancement of dairy sustainability efforts in California and beyond. The two-day agenda will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT on both days. All sessions will be recorded and made available again to registrants for on-demand viewing after the event. Sessions will spotlight opportunities to further environmental sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water resources, improve nutrient management and soil health, develop new business opportunities, improve operational efficiency and reduce on-farm costs.

“I think one of the greatest things about the summit is that it gives us a chance to share our story,” said second-generation dairy farmer, Ray Prock, Jr. “As dairy farmers, it also gives us a chance to see what our peers are doing as we work toward a more sustainable model. We can’t forget that sustainability is not just about the environment,

but also about economics. There are several sessions designed to help dairy farmers improve their efficiency, prepare for new regulations, and combat some of the rising costs and other challenges we are facing.”

The Summit is hosted by California’s leading dairy organizations—Dairy Cares, California Dairy Research Foundation, California Milk Advisory Board, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, and Dairy Council of California. Event Partners include the California Cattlemen’s Association, California Farm Bureau Federation, California Dairy Campaign, California Dairies, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America – Western Area, Dairy Institute of California, Hilmar Cheese Company, Land O’ Lakes, Milk Producers Council, Producer’s Dairy, and Western States Dairy Producers Association.

The California Dairy Sustainability Summit will bring together experts and visionary leaders, including dairy families who aim to pass their farms to the next generation. To see the full speaker agenda, full speaker roster, and to register, visit CADairySummit.com.

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