In Tulare, Calif., the holiday season signifies the gathering of family and friends, but also the upcoming World Ag Expo. Below is the tentative schedule of events for the 2008 Expo, Feb. 12-14, 2008.

Monday, Feb 11

9:00 a.m.
Media Day Breakfast
Begin at Media Center

Tuesday, Feb. 12

8:30 a.m.
World Ag Expo Opening Ceremonies
Heritage Complex Banquet Hall

Farm Tours

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tour #1 DAIRY

Case De Jong Dairy is a large-herd operation north of Visalia featuring a carousel milking parlor that handles 3,500 cows three times a day.

Fletcher Dairy is located just south of Tulare, and is owned by brothers Rob and Ed Fletcher. They milk 650 cows two times daily and will give visitors a look at their nutrient management system, feeding and nutrition, and their double 14 herringbone milking parlor.

Farm Tours

Tour # 2 AGRIBUSINESS

Sierra Citrus packinghouse, a member of Sunkist Growers, in Lindsay, will be featured on the citrus tour. Visitors will see the orange harvest in nearby citrus groves and then follow the fruit to the packinghouse where they will watch the fruit being washed, sized, graded and packed for shipment to market.

The tour also includes a visit to California Citrus Producers Inc., a juice plant in Lindsay where oranges too ripe for the fresh market are processed. They also process lemons and salvage the peels for retail markets.

International Trade Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. - The World of Biofuels

Biofuels development is rapidly expanding throughout the world. Driving the expansion is a number of issues, including greenhouse gas reductions, energy security, and rural economic development. This seminar provides an opportunity to hear about what is happening in the world of biofuels in Sweden, Brazil, the United States and California. Learn about the latest information on various biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, biomethane and next generation fuels. Moderator: Steve Shaffer, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Panelists Professor Bryan M. Jenkins, UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering; John Boesel, WestStart-CALSTART; Raphael Nieves, BBI, International; Matthew Summers, Summers Consulting

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
10:15 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
10:30 a.m. - Needlework Demonstration, Geri Hill, Tulare

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

11 a.m. - “Complying with the new Waste Discharge Requirements” - Dr. Deanne Meyer, University of California dairy waste management specialist, and Denise Mullinax, assistant director, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program. The pressures on dairy producers to meet a new set of environmental requirements continue to complicate their lives. Meyer and Mullinax will team up to provide a comprehensive update of how those requirements are impacting the average producer and what steps need to be taken to comply with the ruling.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
11 a.m. - Chef Jon Koobatian, Jon's Bear Club, Reedley; Media - Angelo Stalis, Channel 30

International Trade Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - U.S. Free Trade Agreements: Does Free Trade Equate to Fair Trade?

The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) are designed to remove trade barriers between the United States and these other countries. Is the elimination of past barriers really improving the U.S. competitiveness and establishing a fair playing field for all countries involved? Learn what today's Free Trade Agreements really mean and how you can save time and money. Andrew Stephens, director, Bilateral Agricultural Affairs, and trade representative, Office of the United States; Eduardo Torres, director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Fresno Export Assistance Center

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building
11:45 a.m. - Western DairyBusiness magazine honors 2008 Outstanding Dairy Producer, Norman McClelland of Shamrock Farms, Stanfield, Ariz.

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

Noon Lunch - “Vertical Integration Pays Dividends” - Frank Boyce, general manager for Shamrock Farms in Stanfield, Ariz., will share the journey of a company that has made the most of its initial dairy operation. Milking more than 8,000 Holsteins, 2X in their twin double 50 parallel parlor, provides fresh milk for a wide variety of products sold in stores and restaurants throughout the nation. Shamrock's focus has been on animal welfare, employee incentives, milk quality, customer service and an extensive community involvement program.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
Noon - Chefs David and Greg Vartanian, Vintage Press and Jack & Charlie's, Visalia; Media - Stefani Booroojian, Channel 24

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building
1 p.m. - DMI's Dairy Checkoff Producer Report

International Trade Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. - China's Food Quality: Vote of No Confidence or Safety on the Horizon?

China's agricultural exports to the United States surged to $2.26 billion last year, but major countries continue to ban whole categories of products due to consumer safety issues. As the People's Republic of China fights to get a handle on quality control, can the U.S. consumer afford to continue doing “business as usual”? A roundtable discussion will be held on quality control issues in China and how they are affecting the U.S. consumers of today and tomorrow. Aaron Ormond, Global Food Technologies; Dr. Michael Payne, Western Institute of Food Safety and Security; Dr. Christine M. Bruhn, director, Center for Consumer Research at UC Davis

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
1 p.m. - Chef Douglas MacMillan, Rosa's, Pismo Beach; Media - Rich Rodriguez, Channel 24

International Trade Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - Who is your Competition: Domestically and Abroad?

We live in an increasingly globalized world where international trade has consistently risen faster than the gross domestic product and this has been viewed as the catalyst for world growth. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the global competition facing U.S. growers both foreign and domestic. You will discover the current and future challenges our growers will face and the opportunities you cannot afford to miss! Dr. Mechel S. Paggi, director, Center for Agricultural Business, California State University, Fresno

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
2 p.m. - Chef Tunny Ortali, F McLintock's & Steamers, Pismo Beach; Media - Faith Sidlow, Channel 24

International Trade Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - The California-Brazil Connection: Ethanol, Biodiesel, Electricity and Beyond.

The production and use of fuel ethanol in Brazil since 1975 represents the most important renewable, commercial fuel program ever implemented in the world to date. California and the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil have an existing cooperating MOU on biofuels biodiversity and the environment. Opportunities for collaboration on bioenergy crops and advanced conversion technologies are among the topics that will be discussed.

Moderator: Steve Shaffer, California Department of Food and Agriculture - Office of Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship; Panelists: Alfred Szwarc, UNICA, São Paulo, Brazil; Craig S. Elmore, Imperial BioResources, LLC; Rahul Iyer, Primafuel

VIP Event Center

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Walco International/Fort Dodge: Join Walco/Fort Dodge for a special Hospitality hour! Meet and discuss new developments and issues with one of Fort Dodge's technical veterinarians, Dr. Mark van der List. This is a private, invitation-only event, so stop by the Walco or Fort Dodge booths in the Dairy Center to pick up your VIP pass.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
3 p.m. - Chef De Lea Davis, Emerton Club, Tulare; Media - Heidi Watney, Channel 26

Wednesday, Feb. 13

VIP Event Center
6 a.m. - 8 a.m. TelePacific Communication

TelePacific is the local company rooted in the Valley that cares about your business. WAE exhibitors register to attend the exhibitor early morning breakfast on the way to your exhibit space Wednesday morning. Open to WAE exhibitors only. Register at www.telepacific.com/worldagexpo to attend.

Farm Tours

10 a.m.- 2p.m.
Tour #1 DAIRY
Organic Pastures Dairy, Kerman, California

Organic Pastures Dairy offers a unique look at an operation featuring a portable milking parlor that is moved from pasture to pasture, following the cows that graze there. The dairy milks more than 450 cows twice a day and produces organic milk, butter and cheese.

Farm Tours

Tour #2 AGRIBUSINESS
Vasto Valle Farms, Huron, California

Vasto Valle Farms, owned and operated by Bob and Mark Anderson, features a wide variety of crops. Visitors will see broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and cotton. Vasto Valle Farms also has five acres under greenhouse shades where they raise vegetable transplants for their own operation, as well as transplants for other growers. The Andersons will describe how they produce their high quality vegetable crops from seed to harvest.

Farm Tours

Tour #3 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
Phoenix Bio Industries LLC - Goshen, California

This is one of the first ethanol plants constructed in the San Joaquin Valley. It provides fuel in the form of ethanol and cattle feed in the form of wet distillers grain.

The tour will also visit Paramount Farms Inc., in Lost Hills. This is the world's largest vertically integrated supplier of pistachios and almonds. Visitors will see almond and pistachio orchards and the large processing facility, which spans 8 acres, representing one of the largest single-site, privately owned solar energy systems in the United States.

World Ag Expo General Seminars

Seminar Center
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
“Ag Workers Comp & Loss Control”

Presenters - Todd Nelson, C.I.C. and vice president of sales, and Clint Rocha, Cal OSHA and Loss Control representative for Carl Nelson Insurance Agency Inc.

Nelson and Rocha will cover all aspects of Workers Comp, from original classification to loss control due to claims. Questions to be answered are: Why do we need Worker's Comp? How are the classifications determined? What exclusion's are acceptable? How does an experience modification rate apply to your business? How are rates established? How does a business save on Worker's Comp?

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
10:15 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
10:30 a.m. - Exercise - Connie Conway

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

11 a.m. - “Logger draws parallel with dairy industry” — Bruce Vincent is a third generation logger from Libby, Montana, and speaks throughout the United States and internationally. He testified on resource issues before Congress and has appeared on numerous news magazine programs such as “60 Minutes.” Vincent, an activist from the logging industry, will share his trials and challenges experienced while defending his industry as a true environmentalist. Vincent was named “Timberman of the Year” in Montana, “National Forest Activist of the Year” and in 2004 received the inaugural “Presidential Preserve America Award” from President George W. Bush.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
11 a.m. - Chef Tommy Chavez, Tommy's Restaurant, Visalia; Media - Connie Conway, Tulare County Board of Supervisors

VIP Event Center

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Farm Credit Association

Join your Farm Credit Association for a fully catered lunch. Please contact your Farm Credit representative for tickets to this private event or stop by the Farm Credit display in the Dairy Center. The Farm Credit System lends money and provides financial services to agriculture and rural America.

World Ag Expo General Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
“Agricultural Labor Force - Where are they today? Where will they be tomorrow?”

Carl Borden, Association Counsel of California Farm Bureau Federation will discuss how new and existing regulations can affect the availability of an on-demand workforce. These and other agricultural labor issues will be addressed during the session.

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building
11:45 a.m. - Western DairyBusiness magazine honors Outstanding Dairy Industry Educator/Researcher, Dr. John F. Smith, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

Noon Lunch - “Dairy Design and Cow Comfort” - Dr. Smith will present his work with cross-ventilation dairy barn design that has provided new options for improved cow comfort that translates to better herd health and production.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
Noon - Chef Anthony Hagans, Harris Ranch, Coalinga; Media - Liz Harrison, Channel 30

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building
1 p.m. - DMI's Dairy Checkoff Producer Report

World Ag Expo General Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
“Realistic Approach - Sharing Your Legacy”

Caroline Berry has a consulting practice that focuses on succession and governance issues in family businesses, nonprofit associations and closely held partnerships. Her practice connects to successful firms in all stages of the business life cycle. She will present a seminar dealing with the planning necessary to ensure a fair and equitable business succession. The seminar will address the questions: What does it take to keep the legacy alive? How to overcome cultural as well as financial restriction? How to deal with the heirs? Can sweat equity be converted into ownership?

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
1 p.m. - Chef John Nunez, Alioto's, San Francisco; Media - Kopi Sotiropulos and Kim Stevens, Channel 26

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

1:15 p.m. - “Making the Most of Good Times” - Genske, Mulder & Co., presents a panel of financial experts who will discuss all aspects the finer points of dairy financial management that can improve a producer's bottom line.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
2 p.m. - Chef Damillo Danh, La Piazza, Tulare; Media - Kopi Sotiropulos and Kim Stevens, Channel 26

World Ag Expo General Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
“Fueling California Agriculture Part II: The future for ethanol and biodiesel, and new cropping alternatives for bioenergy”

Brian Jenkins will set the stage with a presentation on, “Bioenergy and the future for the California farmer;” Steve Kaffka will cover “Annual crops for biofuels and use of crop residues;” and Dan Putnam, University of California forage specialist, will discuss, “Perennial grasses for cellulose production into ethanol.” The presenters will reassemble as a panel for a brief question and answer session, which will conclude the day of seminars.

VIP Event Center

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The High Ground of Texas

Once again, for the 6th Annual Tailgate Party, The High Ground of Texas will feature their famous Texas style finger-licking good food, fabulous fun, and boot-scootin' music. This is a private invitation-only event, so stop by the High Ground of Texas booth in the Dairy Center, #6316 to pick up a VIP pass into the Expo's largest Tailgate Party.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
3 p.m. - Mosaic demonstration, Wanda Cottengim, Tulare

VIP Dairy Event Center

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Western Milling (OH Kruse Grain and Milling)

Western Milling will be hosting a customer appreciation hospitality reception. This is a private, invitation-only event. Please contact your Western Milling representative with any questions.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
3:30 p.m. - Hair Styling Show, Juan Estrada, The Hair Studio, Visalia

Fashion Show, Annabelle's Bridal Boutique, Visalia

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 Farm Tours

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tour #1 DAIRY

Case De Jong Dairy is a large-herd operation north of Visalia featuring a carousel milking parlor that handles 3,500 cows three times a day.

Fletcher Dairy is located just south of Tulare, and is owned by brothers Rob and Ed Fletcher. They milk 650 cows two times a day and will give visitors a look at their nutrient management system, feeding and nutrition, and their double 14 herringbone milking parlor.

Farm Tours

Tour # 2 AGRIBUSINESS

Sierra Citrus packinghouse, a member of Sunkist Growers, in Lindsay will be featured on the citrus tour. Visitors will see the orange harvest in nearby citrus groves and then follow the fruit to the packinghouse where they will watch the fruit being washed, sized, graded and packed for shipment to market.

The tour also includes a visit to California Citrus Producers Inc., a juice plant in Lindsay where oranges too ripe for the fresh market are processed. They also process lemons and salvage the peels for retail markets.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
10:15 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Title: “Basic Irrigation Pump Efficiency”

Speaker: Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology

Summary: This discussion will focus on basic pump efficiency, not Overall Pumping Plant Efficiency (OPE). The pumping portion has its own efficiency and manufacturer's plot the operating condition output of each pump assembly on a pump curve and publish it.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
10:30 a.m. - Storage Systems, Fresno, John and Carolyn Goss, Closet Cabinets and Closet Organizers

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building
11 a.m. - TBA

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
11 a.m. - Chef George Quilty, Orange Blossom Junction, Exeter; Media - Jason Oliveira, Channel 30

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Title: “Drip Irrigation Works - and Pays: Grower Testimonials”

Speaker: Jean Caron, Laval University

Summary: Reporting the results of a study that investigated the zone of hydric comfort of actively growing tomato plants to define appropriate irrigation setups and then to use these setups to grow tomatoes in comparison with rockwool.

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Title: “Advances in Using Center Pivots for Resource Management”

Speaker: Jake LaRue, Valmont Industries

Summary: The focus of this is on the changes within the center pivot industry to meet both wants and needs of irrigators to provide optimum resource management. Data will be presented on some specific examples of how irrigators are using new center pivot technology to minimize input of labor and variable expenses and additionally to improve their quality of life.

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

11:45 a.m. - Western DairyBusiness magazine honors All West/Select Sires as Outstanding Dairy Industry Service Provider of the Year. Accepting the award for the genetic company is Bill Genasci and Herald Catlin. Both individuals have played key roles in the company's success in the Western AI marketplace.

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

Noon Lunch - “A.I. Technology Makes Monumental Strides” - Chris Hatch will present an update on developments in the A.I. industry and report on the gender select semen program and its impact on reproduction success on large herd dairies in the region. Earl Ingram, reproductive and dairy management training specialist at Select Sires will focus on the cultural differences between Hispanic employees and Anglo employers. His portion of the presentation will help employers better manage these differences in the workplace to improve communication, motivation and productivity.

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Title: “Micro Sprinklers and Micro Jets: The Pros and Cons of Each”

Speaker: David Dunn, Rain for Rent

Summary: Covering the history and development of micro sprinklers and jets, consideration of orchard/vineyard environments on micro sprinklers/jets, and the water quality and filtration in relation to performance of micro sprinklers/jets.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
Noon - Chef Kevin Adams, Cool Hand Luke's Steakhouse & Saloon, Tulare; Media - Jason Oliveira, Channel 30

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Title: “Does Increased Irrigation Uniformity Translate Into Increased Profitability?”

Speaker: Mark Hewitt, Rain Bird

Summary: A beneficial Web-based analysis and product selection program will be introduced for use in conjunction with the Center for Irrigation Technology's SPACE Program. This program is useful to determine uniformity metrics within existing and new sprinkler irrigation systems.

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building
1 p.m. - DMI's Dairy Checkoff Producer Report

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Title: “Simplified Irrigation System Automation”

Speaker: Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation

Summary: Sometimes it is inconvenient, if not impossible, to expertly irrigate without automation. Irrigation automation technology has existed for decades, but today it is more powerful and affordable than ever before.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
1 p.m. - Michaels Arts & Crafts, Visalia; Lisa Pena, Craft Demonstration

Dairy Profit Seminars

Hilvers Building

1:15 p.m. - Western DairyBusiness magazine and Genske, Mulder & Company will be giving away a new Sport Electric Vehicle to a lucky dairy producer during a special drawing in the Hilvers Building. This fancy golf cart, which resembles a Cadillac Escalade, will provide great transportation around the dairy or around any number of golf courses in the West. Producers may sign up for the drawing when they re-qualify for their free subscription to Western DairyBusiness magazine at the Hilvers Building during the three-day show or at the DairyBusiness Communication's booth in the Farm Credit Dairy Center, DC6021 and DC6022.

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Title: “Drip Tape System Performance”

Speaker: Paul McFadden, Roberts Irrigation

Summary: There are five key areas that need to be addressed to ensure proper system performance and efficiency including water analysis, system design, proper filtration, careful installation, and required maintenance.

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Title: “Five Drip Irrigation Do's and Don'ts”

Speaker: Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation

Summary: Five Drip Irrigation Do's and Don'ts are presented in layman's terms to help producers manage increasingly valuable water resources.

World Ag Women Program

World Ag Women Pavilion
2 p.m. - Fashion Show, Gossip Boutique, Tulare; Peek-A-Boo's Children's Boutique, Tulare; Serpa Surplus City, Tulare

Irrigation Seminars

Expo Seminar Center
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Title: “Using the World Wide Web to Conserve Water”

Speaker: Troy Elliott, Cascade Earth Sciences

Summary: Agricultural water management fundamentally requires monitoring water applications and weather, and often soil moisture. A comprehensive, Internet-based irrigation data management system called the Water Sentinel© helps the grower meet yield goals and water conservation objectives.

For more information visit www.worldagexpo.com. The 2008 World Ag Expo, Where the World of Agriculture Means Business, is Feb. 12-14, 2008 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.