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California Ag Summit to explore global food trends and energy

Significant issues influencing California’s food and agriculture industry — global food trends, energy and social media — will be explored at the second annual California Ag Summit on Jan. 27.

Significant issues influencing California’s food and agriculture industry will be explored at the second annual California Ag Summit on Jan. 27 at the University of California, Davis.

The summit is intended for farmers, ranchers and other individuals affiliated with food and agriculture, and will feature thought-provoking presentations on global food trends, energy and social media.

Serving as keynote speaker is John Hofmeister, retired president of Shell Oil Company, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, and author of “Why We Hate the Oil Companies.”

The global food trends panel will include Army Col. Cheryl Smart, assistant professor of national security studies at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Dr. Alex McCalla, professor emeritus of the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; and Dr. Daniel Sumner, director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center.

Speakers on the energy in agriculture panel will be Duane Larson, director of energy efficiency strategy at Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Grant Lundberg, CEO of Lundberg Family Farms; and Suzanne Minter, account executive at Bentek Energy.

The final session on social media will feature Miriam Lueck Avery, research manager at the Institute for the Future; Ira Brill, director of marketing services at Foster Farms; and Rawn Shah, a strategist with the IBM Worldwide Sales Enablement Team.

The summit is coordinated and sponsored by agricultural organizations and businesses. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to help support designated nonprofit agricultural education and agricultural leadership programs in California.

Registration and event information are available at

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