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Here's farm show events schedule

Here is a partial list of events scheduled for the three-day World Ag Expo.

Keys to the location for the various events are:

VIP:VIP tent Median and S street

W: World Ag Women pavilion, South and I streets

A: World Ag Expo Seminars, Median and Q streets

D: Dairy Seminars, Western Dairy Business pavilion, Median and S streets

HC: Export Seminars, Heritage Complex

Tuesday, Feb. 10

9 a.m.: “How to Buy and Sell Your Ag Products on eBay” (VIP tent)

10 a.m.: “Let's Talk Trade! Where To Begin?” Resources for international trade. Speakers: Centers for International Trade Development; U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Centers; California Department of Food and Ag. (HC)

10:30 a.m.: “The Farm Bill and California Agriculture.” George Soares, Kahn Soares & Conway offers legal advice including state and federal legislative and administrative matters. (A)

10:30 a.m.: “Animal Welfare” Dr. Temple Grandin, designer of livestock handling facilities and Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, will discuss animal welfare and the dairy industry. (D)

11 a.m.: “Engine Emission Standards and GPS Farming Applications.” Presented by Reedley and West Hills Colleges. (VIP tent)

11 a.m.: “Online Marketing: Leveraging the Internet for Global Trade” Learn the capabilities and limitations of web technologies in global business from Christopher Werner, of eSummits Inc. (HC)

Noon: “Taxes: It's Not Your Father's America” Paul Jacobsen, CPA, of Jacobsen & Co. Inc., Visalia. (A)

1 p.m.: “Animal Husbandry for the Next Century” Boehringer Ingelheim presents a panel moderated by Patsy Houghton, president of Heartland Cattle Co.. in McCook, Neb. Panelists: John Fiscalini, Modesto, Calif., a lifelong commercial dairy producer; James “Jim” Reynolds, DVM, Veterinary Medicine and Teaching Center, University of California-Davis, at Tulare; and Janice Swanson, professor of animal welfare issues at Kansas State University. (D)

1 p.m.: “Reaching Organic Markets Overseas: What You Need to Know About Exporting Your Organic Products.” Brian Leahy, California Certified Organic Farmers. (HC)

1:30 p.m.: Worker's Compensation. John Valentine, Allied Insurance; Brian Watson, State Compensation Insurance Fund. (A)

2 p.m.: Dipetane fuel treatment: lowers diesel emissions, improves fuel consumption.

3 p.m.: “Essentials of Export Controls.” Ivan Rios will focus on the export controls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Export Administration Regulations. (HC)

3 p.m.: “Online Reporting and Record Keeping for Pesticide Use.” eWorldAg Corp. Richard Machado, president eWorldAg Corp. and Thomas Feaver, commercial applicator. (A)

Wednesday, Feb. 11

7 a.m.: World Ag Expo Prayer Breakfast, Heritage Complex with Bill Bolthouse, Kern County carrot farmer.

10 a.m.: “Watersheds, Water Quality, Runoff, and Groundwater Overdraft, Oh My!” Peter Canessa, program manager, Agricultural Pumping Efficiency Program. (A)

10 a.m.: “Good Food from the U.S.: What does the world think?” Frank Tarrant, USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, will discuss how foreign consumer attitudes toward food safety can greatly affect exports of U.S. products. (HC)

10:30 a.m.: “Ethanol and the Dairy Industry” Bill Jones founded Pacific Ethanol, Inc (PEI) to build the first large-scale ethanol production facility in the state of California. (D)

11 a.m.: “From Petri Dish to Dinner Plate: What's Up with Genetically Modified Foods?” Judith A. Kjelstrom, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, plus representatives from the European Union and USDA. (HC)

11:30 a.m.: “Impacts of New Air Quality Regulations on Valley Agriculture.” Panel includes: Steve Worthley, member of San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; Manuel Cunha, executive director Nisei Farmers League; Jason Baldwin, executive director Madera County Farm Bureau; Dave Crow, executive director SJVAPCD; and Roger Isom, vice president, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations. (A)

1 p.m.: “Maximizing Silage Yield, Quality and Profitability” Monsanto Asgrow/DeKalb presents a panel composed of Richard Dias and Craig Pederson, producers; Bill Cox and Dr. Barbara Kutzner, Monsanto; Walt Shaw, KNCI, Sacramento, moderator. (D)

1 p.m.: “Operation Food: Rebuilding Iraq's Agriculture Infrastructure” (HC)

1:30 p.m.: “The Ins and Outs of Organic Farming.” Ray Green, CDFA California Organic Program; Sean Sweezy, UCCE Specialist, “Development of Organics In California;” Karen Klonsky, “Economic Changes in Organic Production.” UCCE Economic Grower Panel: Tom Avinelis, AgriCare Production Specialist; and Claude Shepard, Chowchilla organic grower. (A)

2 p.m.: “Getting the Most from Your Silage: From Harvest to Feeding” Joshua Bacon, John Deere test engineer. (D)

2 p.m.: “The Global Market for Agricultural Equipment and Implications of Trade Promotion Authority” Padric Sweeney, U.S. Department of Commerce. (HC)

3 p.m.: “Import Competition and Trade Remedy Law: A more Level Playing Field for California Agriculture.” Dr. Mechel S. Paggi, Center for Agriculture Business at California State University, Fresno. (HC)

3 p.m.: “Looking for Alternative or Specialty Crops.” Manuel Jimenez: UCCE small farms advisor, Tulare County, Calif. (A)

Thursday, Feb. 12

7 a.m.: California Agricultural Leadership Alumni Breakfast, Heritage Complex with National Football League great, Rocky Bleier of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

10 a.m.: “Online Sales: Add Profitability to Your Bottom Line.” Lisa Bocklage, director of marketing, IRON Solutions and Jeff Huckins, IRON Solutions board member, will discuss how to evaluate agricultural and outdoor power equipment for insurance claims, collateral and trade-ins. (A)

10:30 a.m.: “Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Multi-Cultural Workforce” Jorge Estrada, Leadership Coaching International, Inc. will talk about how to maximize efficiencies of employees. (D)

11 a.m.: “Using the Internet to Meet Your Equipment Needs.” Lisa Bocklage and Jeff Huckins, IRON Solutions, will discuss various offline and online resources available to help you evaluate agricultural and outdoor power equipment values for future trades and purchases and locate equipment and dealers across North America. (A)

11:30 a.m.: “U.S. Ex-Im Bank Support for Agricultural Equipment Export Sales” Explore the possibilities for financial support to help meet small companies' export needs. (HC)

12:30 p.m.: “Exporting at Critical Times: the Importance of Proper Documentation and Coordination.” Elizabeth Searle, of Air Sea Cargo Network, will share her experiences from more than 25 years of working with federal agencies, compliance, and export letters of credit. (HC)

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