World Ag Expo packs seminars, other events in 3-day schedule

Key to seminar locations:

WAW: World Ag Women, South and I streets.

WAE: World Ag Expo Seminars, Median and Q streets.

HC: Export Seminars, Heritage Complex.

CCC: California Crop Center, T and Median streets.

IS: Irrigation Seminars, Median Street at Pavilion B.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

8:30 a.m.-Opening Ceremonies (HC)

9:45 a.m.-Welcome and Introductions (WAW)

10 a.m. — Quilt Trunk Show by Suzanne Kistler, Tulare County Quilters (WAW)

10:10 a.m. — Water Conservation in 2006. Ken Morris, Agri-Valley Irrigation, Inc. (IS)

10:30 a.m.: — Sun Empire Foods by Philip and Sandra Dee, Kerman (WAW)

10:30 a.m. — Red Tape and Red Ink: How Regulations Impact Today's Farmers. Jack King, California Farm Bureau Federation, National Affairs and Research Division. (WAE)

11 a.m. — The Economics of Irrigation Uniformity. Inge Bisconer, Rain Bird Corp., Agri-Products Division. (IS)

11 a.m. — Looking Ahead: Meeting Market Place Demands. Jim Sullins, UCCE, panel moderator; Beth Mitcham, UC Davis, Post Harvest Quality; Chuck Nichols, Nichols Farms, Visalia; Jack Breech, CEO, Pandol Bros., Delano. (CCC)

11 a.m. — The Farm Bill and Trade Reform: Lessons Learned. Farm policy in the U.S. is at a crossroads as the U.S. Farm Bill expires in 2007. What factors will drive the creation and sustainability of U.S. farm policy after 2007? Australia and the European Union have both experienced trade reforms in recent years-their ability to survive changes in farm policy may yield clues for U.S. farmers and exporters. Panel speakers include trade experts from the Farm Bureau, Australia and the European Union. Join us for this lively panel discussion led by Jean Marc Trarieux (European Commission), Fran Freeman (Australian Embassy), and a representative from American Farm Bureau Federation. (HC)

11:50 a.m. — Water Application Solutions for Row Crops and Tree & Vine. John Rowley and Reid Nelson, Nelson Irrigation Company. (IS)

Noon — A.G. Kawamura, secretary, CDFA. (CCC)

12:40 p.m. — So Many Filters — So Many Choices. Randy Delenikos, Lakos Separators and Filters (IS)

1 p.m. — International Trade Agreements and Their Effect on Your Business. Outcomes of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting in December 2005 will drive this session. Discussions will center on what these outcomes mean for a successful conclusion to WTO negotiations, and potential directions for U.S. negotiations. Also covered will be the U.S. strategy on Free Trade Agreements (FTA), and an update on current FTA negotiations. Speaker: TBA (HC)

1:30 p.m. — Low Volume Irrigation Versus Surface Irrigation: Pros and Cons. Erick Hopkins and Keegan O' Bannon, Fresno Valves & Casting. (IS)

1:30 p.m. — Cutting Edge Precision Agriculture. Steve Lenander, a consultant with Technicare of Bakersfield, and Sam Carreiro, a cotton farmer from Lemoore. (WAE)

1:30 p.m. — The five most dangerous trends facing farmers today. Tim Alderson of AgriGator. How to avoid them while increasing yields and profits. Farmers are facing a business environment that has been growing more hostile every year. Operating a farm for profit has never been harder since the great depression. According to the USDA 53.5 percent of all growers operate at a loss. It doesn't have to be this way. (CCC)

2 p.m. — Crop protection using particle film technology. Mitchell R. King, manager, technical service, Crop Protectants Engelhard Corp. (CCC)

2:30 p.m. — California Agriculture: A Frequent Flyer. California growers and food processors shipped $689 million in agricultural exports by air last year, more than the entire farm exports of 23 other states, according to a 2005 study published by the Center for Agricultural Business at CSU Fresno. “The Role of Air Cargo in California's Agricultural Export Trade” highlights the increasing volume of air shipments by the state's growers and food processors to overseas markets. Panel: Dr. Herbert Mason and John Hagen, California State University, Fresno, Agricultural Economics and Jock O'Connell, ClarkStreet Group of Sacramento will review the report's findings and discuss how to increase export sales. (HC)

3 p.m. — Ag Equipment Theft: What You Can Do? Phil Cline, Tulare County District Attorney. (WAE)

3:30 p.m. — Wine and Cheese Tasting, hosted by California State University, Fresno (CCC)

6 p.m. — West Coast Nationals professional power pulling series. Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, Feb. 15.

10 a.m. — Why Should I Be Concerned About Food Safety? Bill Marler, attorney, Marler and Clark. (WAE)

10:10 a.m. — Drip System Troubleshooting; Paul McFadden, Roberts Irrigation (IS)

11 a.m. — Minimum Tillage for Energy and the Environment; Jeff Mitchell, UC Kearney Ag Center, panel moderator; Tom Barcellos, Barcellos Farms, Tipton; Bob Prys, Agro-manager, Borba Farms, Riverdale; Jim Couto Farms, Kerman. (CCC)

11 a.m. — China-Opportunity or Competition? As China's economy continues its quantum growth, can businesses afford to overlook China as a market? Will China become one of the targets markets for U.S. agriculture or its fiercest competitor? Whether selling directly to Chinese customers, or through distributors or agents, there are potential pitfalls with contracts and terms. Panel: Susan Day, California Table Grape Commission and Mike Wootton Sunkist, (invited) will discuss trends in China's agriculture trade, and the possible implications for all of U.S Agriculture. (HC)

11 a.m. — Choosing the Right Filter To Do the Job. Ken Morrill, Morrill Industries. (IS)

11:50 a.m. — Pump Selection. Jim Martin, Cal West Rain. (IS)

Noon — Ethanol Breaks into California Fuel Market; Bill Jones, Pacific Ethanol Inc. (CCC)

12:40 p.m. — The Microsprinkler Advantage. Ken Berg, Bowsmith, Inc. (IS)

1 p.m. — Trade with China: Maintaining the Competitive Edge. Chinese farmers are adopting new technologies and agricultural practices, resulting in improved quality, better distribution, greater volumes and lower costs that threaten to displace California exports. The panel will present an overview of China's current marketing system and explore ways U.S. exporters can maintain their competitive edge. Panel: Kenneth Gilliland, International Trade Practices, Western Growers and Mechel Paggi, Center for Agricultural Business, California State University, Fresno. (HC)

1:30 p.m. — Invention Gets to the Root of Aeration. Angelo Mazzei and Ed Davis, Mazzei Injector Company. (IS)

1:30 p.m. — Anarchists, Animal Rights Extremists and Eco-Terrorism — What You Should Know. Steven L. Stanley, Executive Protection Services. Wells Fargo & Co. (WAE)

1:30 p.m. — Get the hot, steamy details on advanced weed control technology. PERC (Propane Education Research Council) presents — Ian Johnstone, inventor of the Atarus Stinger with D.J. Batchen in Australia and Mark Leitman, director of agriculture programs for PERC. Forget about herbicide tolerance and harvest delays. Find out how you can reduce your chemical use and control your toughest weeds with the Atarus Stinger. It's the latest innovation in weed control that has conventional and organic farmers talking. (CCC)

2:30 p.m. — Intellectual Property Rights-What You Should Know. While the growing Chinese market offers export opportunities, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement is a growing threat. Exporters will need to have knowledge of China's IPR enforcement regime, and include IPR protection in their business strategy. Our speaker will share his expertise and ten years of experience in China to offer practical strategies and resources to defend against counterfeiting. Speaker: James Mayfield, U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, San Francisco. (HC)

3:30 p.m. — Wine and Cheese Tasting hosted by California State University, Fresno (CCC)

6 p.m. — West Coast Nationals professional power pulling series. Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Thursday, Feb. 16

10 a.m. — Organic Farming and the Certification Process. Jake Lewin, director of market5ing and international programs, California Certified Organic Farmers. (WAE)

10 a.m. — Emerging Markets Update: How & Why to Extend Credit to Your International Customers While the trade potential for U.S. exports to emerging foreign markets is expanding, international trade is growing increasingly competitive. To be successful, exporters must extend more aggressive credit terms to their foreign buyers. This seminar will provide an overview of economic conditions, credit trends, sources of credit information, availability of export credit insurance, and other methods of risk mitigation for international sales. Panel: Gary Mendell, Meridian Finance Group; and David Josephson, Ex-IM Bank. (HC)

11 a.m. — Uniformity Matters; Perry Continente, Toro Ag (IS)

11 a.m. — Crop Chemical Usage for the Future. Terry Stark, director, CAPCA, panel moderator; Jim Stewart, Pest Management Associates, Exeter; Rick Foell, Britz Fertilizers in Fresno; Frank Miranda, Gowan Company. (CCC)

11:30 a.m. — From Euros and Yen to Dollars and Sense: Increasing Foreign Sales. Learn how to remain competitive in overseas markets despite swings in the value of the U.S. dollar. Discover how to increase foreign sales using all the “tricks” in international trade finance, and how selling in Euros and Yen is neither risky nor exotic. Diamond of California, whose nuts and dried fruit are sold in more than 100 countries, will share their experience working with their bank to sell in Euros. Panel: Steve Herrick, Bank of the West and John Santiallano from Diamond of California. (HC)

11:50 a.m. — Soil Moisture Scheduling. Tom Penning, Irrometer. (IS)

Noon — Fresno Mayor Alan Autry (invited). Luncheon speaker. Ryan Bertao, director Kings County Farm Bureau. (CCC)

Noon — Solar Energy: Converting Sunlight to Savings in the Ag Industry. Sara Birmingham, manager of self-generation program, PG&E; Howard Green, manager of self-generation program, Southern Cal Edison; Darryl Conklin, president of Renewable Technologies; John Lakso, owner of Cory Ranch (end user of technology). (WAE)

12:40 p.m. — Ag Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights — What is it and What Does it Mean? David Clay, Netafim USA (IS)

1 p.m. — The Benefits of Credit Availability for U.S. Ag. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Export Credit Guarantee Program helps ensure that credit is available for commercial exports of U.S. agricultural products, while still providing competitive credit terms to buyers. Credit guarantees encourage exports to buyers in countries where credit is necessary to maintain or increase U.S. sales, but where financing may not be available without such guarantees. Speaker: William S. Hawkins, Program Administration Division, Export Credits, Foreign Agricultural Service. (HC)

1:30 p.m. — Modern Electronic Controllers, Uses and Limitations. Eugene Carlson, CE Technical. (IS)

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