2016 EXPO PROGRAM

Sustainable Ag Expo

2017 sessions will be posted in the near future. Take a look at our 2016 program.


November 14-15, 2016 | Madonna Inn Expo Center | San Luis Obispo, CA

 

Attendees may be eligible for up to 8.5 DPR CE hours (including 3.5 Laws & Regulations) and 14 CCA CE hours by attending both days of the Sustainable Ag Expo.

 

Click on the tabs below for detailed information about each session. Speakers are listed in the order they will present.

 

All general sessions will be in the Main Hall. Breakout sessions will be in either the Main Hall or the Breakout Tent on the southwest side of the Main Hall. Check the monitors around the Exhibit Hall for breakout session locations.

Monday, November 14

Experts will present the latest information on the political, economic, and demographic factors that affect the future of the farm labor supply in the United States.  

◘   Dr. Philip Martin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, CA

  Dr. Diane Charlton, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University

 

Grower Panel

  Bob Martin, General Manager, Rio Farms

◘   Matt Merrill, General Manager, Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery

◘   Jim Stollberg, Owner, Maverick Farming Co.


2.0 CCA.
Learn from Expo exhibitors about the latest sustainable agriculture technology while enjoying coffee and light refreshments.
Powdery mildew attacks many crops including both strawberries and grapes. Researchers have developed a technique for trapping powdery mildew spores in the field, detecting them in the lab, and testing them for resistance to FRAC 11 group fungicides.   

◘   Dr. Walter Mahaffee, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service and Courtesy Faculty, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

◘   Dr. Timothy Miles, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA

◘   Dr. Rob Stoll, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah


1.5 DPR CE (Other), 1.5 CCA.
Learn about alternatives to Methyl bromide for the management of soilborne pathogens of strawberry. There will also be an update and review of emerging and existing pests of strawberries and vegetables and the management of these pests with an emphasis on IPM.  

  Dr. Kelly Ivors, Associate Professor, Horticulture and Crop Science Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

◘   Dr. Surendra K. Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor and Affiliated IPM Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

 
  aaielogo-2  Presented in partnership with the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists. 1.5 DPR CE (Other), 1.5 CCA.
Lunch provided by Two Cooks Catering of San Luis Obispo.
As the supply of farm labor contracts, growers will have to find ways to mechanize farming operations which have traditionally been done by hand. In this session, growers share real life experiences about working toward this goal.

◘   Chris Peterson, V-Mech Product Manager, Midwest Vineyard Manufacturing Supply

  Greg O'Quest, Vineyard Manager, French Camp Vineyards


Grower Panel

  Bryan Wallingford, Area Manager, Mesa Vineyard Management

  Bob Martin, General Manager, Rio Farms


2.0 CCA.
Make Safety A Priority - Do It for Yourself and for Your Family!

  Jose Rios, Customer Relations Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Increase Water and Energy Efficiency through Maintenance, Repair, and Monitoring

  Ben Burgoa, Program Engineer, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County


View the complete Spanish Language Program HERE
 
Enjoy an opportunity to learn about the latest sustainable agriculture technology directly from the Expo exhibitors.
Scientists and engineers are finding new ways of collecting, interpreting and applying Normalized Vegetative Density Index (NDVI) information to a variety of crops. 
 

◘   Lee Johnson, Senior Research Scientist, CSU Monterey Bay and NASA Ames Research Center, Seaside, CA

◘   Bob Westbrook, Senior Vice President, Terravion, Inc.

◘   Dr. Marc Horney, Associate Professor, Rangeland Resource Management, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

  Dr. Bo Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA


  1.5 DPR CE (Other), 1.5 CCA.
When we think about biological control agents in agriculture, we usually think of beneficial insects. When in fact, vertebrate pests like birds, gophers, ground squirrels, and deer do tremendous damage to crops and are difficult and expensive to control. This session covers the specific relationships between vertebrate pests, agroecosystems, quality of habitat, and the success of predators such as barn owls, kestrels, bobcats, and mountain lions.

◘   Mike Best, Program Manager, Avian Protection Plan, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

◘   Christopher North, Sales manager, Airstrike Bird Control

◘   Dr. David Headrick, Professor, Horticulture and Crop Science Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


1.5 DPR CE (Other), 1.5 CCA.

Free barn owl nesting boxes provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Session presented concurrently in Spanish. View the complete Spanish Language Program HERE
Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres with attendees and exhibitors.

*CE: Continuing education credit hours available.

Tuesday, November 15

From regulating new technologies like the use of drones to creating new rules for old issues such as notifying people when certain pesticides are used, Brian Leahy and his team at DPR are always at the forefront of pesticide issues in the state. Mr. Leahy will talk about some of the pressures that are placed on the department as well as new regulations regarding school.  

◘   Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

 
0.5 DPR CE (Laws & Regulations), 0.5 CCA. 
Policy makers and regulators from the state level will give a briefing on the current status of laws and regulation affecting growers in the areas of sustainable groundwater management, storm water run-off, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Greenhouse Gasses

  Jenny Lester Moffitt, Deputy Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture


Groundwater

  Erik Ekdahl, Director, Office of Research, Planning and Performance, State Water Resources Control Board


Storm Water

  Laurel Warddrip,  Senior Environmental Scientist - Industrial and Construction Storm Water Unit Chief, State Water Resources Control Board.


1.5 CCA. 
Learn from Expo exhibitors about the latest sustainable agriculture technology while enjoying coffee and light refreshments.
The prevalence and spread of Red Blotch virus and Grapevine Trunk Diseases will be discussed in the context of managing these diseases and limiting their economic impact.   

  Dr. Alan Wei, Owner & President, Agri-Analysis

◘   Dr. Kendra Baumgartner, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Davis, CA

  Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, Professor, Department of Economics, California State University, Sacramento, CA

 

Grower Panel

◘   Ryan Scott, Viticulturist, Monterey Pacific, Inc.

◘   Lucas Pope, Vineyard Manager, Halter Ranch Vineyards

◘   John Pierini, Vineyard Manager & PCA, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

 
2.0 DPR CE (Other), 2.0 CCA.
Fifty-seven years ago Integrated Pest Management was introduced to the world. These three speakers will discuss how the different aspects of IPM are understood and applied in a variety of crops in the complex interconnected system of ecological, economic, and social contexts we find ourselves in today. 

  Dr. Peter Goodell, Cooperative Extension Advisor, IPM, UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

  Dr. Alireza Pourreza, Assistant CE Advisor, UC ANR Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center

  Gregg A. Young, PCA, Certified Professional Agronomist, Y & B Agriculture, North Coast Region, CA


aaielogo-2  Presented in partnership with the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists. 2.0 DPR CE (Other), 2.0 CCA.
Available for pre-order until November 11, 2016. Lunch provided by Two Cooks Catering of San Luis Obispo.
Attendees will earn 3 hours of DPR Continuing Education in the “Laws & Regulations” category. Topics include personal protective equipment (PPE), changes to pesticide handler and worker protection standards, and the ag/urban interface. 

  Harvard R. Fong, Senior Industrial Hygienist, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

  Amy Wolfe, MPPA, CFRE, President & CEO, AgSafe

◘   Lottie Martin, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, County of Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner's Office


3.0 DPR CE (Laws & Regulations), 3.0 CCA.

*CE: Continuing education credit hours available.