Capital Press | World Ag Expo Capital Press Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:19:21 -0500 en Capital Press | World Ag Expo Largest ag show offers something for every farmer Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:07:27 -0500 Cecilia Parsons TULARE, Calif. — The world’s largest annual agricultural exhibition opens Feb. 11-13 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif.

In its 47th year, World Ag Expo continues to improve experiences for both visitors and exhibitors. This year’s show fills 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,600 exhibits. Sandwiched in between are dozens of informative seminars, intriguing farm tours, special exhibits and delicious food.

“We’re filled up again this year,” said show chairman Stephen Cunha. “All exhibit spaces are filled and we have a waiting list.”

Cunha, a Tulare-area pistachio grower, has been an expo volunteer for the past 38 years.

“The first year I farmed on my own, a neighbor came by and said we were going to volunteer to help at the farm show. I went and have been back every year since,” said Cunha, adding that he spent a lot of time on a forklift, delivering equipment to exhibit spaces.

Cunha said he is excited about the debut this year of the World Ag Expo Arena. The arena, which will have a stage area and spectator seating, will be available for exhibitors who want to demonstrate their product to an audience. Cunha said the Arena would feature a professional announcer to introduce each product during daily show times.

During each half-hour show, exhibitors will have time to demonstrate and explain how their product can be used.

The annual pull to the expo is irresistible to farmers and ranchers who want to see the latest farm machinery, equipment and technology. Many equipment and technology companies plan each year to introduce their new products at the Expo.

Besides scouting possible purchases, many expo visitors come for the seminar series held each year. Free hay and forage, international trade, dairy, beef and irrigation seminars featuring well-known experts are scheduled each day of the expo in the seminar area just south of the Dairy Center.

In the World Ag Women’s Pavilion the schedule of events includes cooking demonstrations by well-known local chefs. There will also be fashion shows, table setting instruction and wreath making. For lucky ticket-holders, the new Wine and Cheese Pavilion will offer a place to enjoy California wines and cheeses in a comfortable setting.

Two of the most popular annual events during World Ag Expo are the California Ag Leadership Breakfast and the Prayer Breakfast. The Ag Leadership Breakfast, a fundraiser offered by alumni of the ag leadership program, will be held at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Heritage Complex banquet hall. The Prayer Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Heritage Complex banquet hall.

Expo visitors can also participate in one or more of the agricultural tours scheduled during the week. Bus tours of Fresno area wineries, Tulare area dairies and local citrus production are available.

World Ag Expo

When: Feb. 11-13

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Where: International Agri-Center, Tulare, Calif.

How much: General admission is $15. Parking is free.

For more information: Go to the website or call (800) 999-9186 or (559) 688-1030.

Top 10 products demonstrate all levels of innovation Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:07:19 -0500 Cecilia Parsons TULARE, Calif. — Chosen annually by a panel of farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals, World Ag Expo’s Top Ten New Products range from complex technology to a simple tool.

The Expo is a showcase every year for new agricultural equipment and technology, which in fiercely compete to make the Top 10 list.

These products ascended to the top due to their uniqueness and usefulness in agricultural production, according to an Expo press release.

AgVu offers a color aerial image of a field that shows early indicators of plant health, yield and crop maturity. Plant stress due to disease, insect pressure or nutrient deficiency can be detected early and management decisions made.

AgVu was developed by Advanced Reconnaissance Corp. and is available on a subscription basis. It can be seen in Building C, space 3105. Website:

Bandit Xpress is a three-wheeled self-propelled self-steering platform on which up to four workers can harvest or prune fruit trees. The unit features two adjustable height platforms. Workers can harvest fruit from top to bottom of the tree in a single pass. A mechanical auto-steering system eliminates the need for a driver.

Bandit Xpress is made by Automated Ag Systems. It can be seen in exhibit space E22. Website:

The Bin Bot is a skid-steering electric robot for clean up and maintenance work inside bins and other confined spaces where is may be unsafe or unlawful for workers to enter. Built by Mack Robotics, the Bin Bot replaces workers in dangerous situations such as dislodging grain stuck to bin walls and various maintenance chores.

Bin Bot can be seen in Pavilion A, space 1113. Website:

CAFOweb is an online software program that allows operators of confined animal feeding operations to manage nutrient applications by making real-time science-based decisions when applying nutrient water, manure solids and chemical fertilizer to crop fields.

CAFOweb predicts the rate and timing of nutrient applications and alerts the operator when approaching threshold for nitrogen contamination of groundwater.

CAFOweb, developed by Glorieta Geosciences, can bee seen in the Dairy Center in space 6641. Website:

CultiClean combines the action of a rototiller with the weed killing effectiveness of fire. This unique implement offers high-density vegetable crop growers a way to prepare weed-free seedbeds. Flames from a propane burner superheat the soil as two rototillers prepare a seedbed free from weeds or weed seeds in the top few inches of soil.

Sutton Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. developed CultiClean, which can be seen at show space L9. Website: HYPERLINK

FPM300 is an automated feed pusher for dairy and beef producers, providing an alternative to sweeping or tractor-mounted blades. The Feed Pusher pushes forage back into place with a bi-directional steel plow attached to a rail mounted on the concrete feed curb.

Developed by DeLaval, the FPM300 can be seen in the Dairy Center, space 6725-6730. Website:

GeoBlu is an unmanned aerial vehicle providing farmers and ranchers an “eye in the sky” to scout crop conditions, livestock locations and other visual monitoring.

The battery-powered lightweight vehicle was developed by GeoBlu Services. It can be seen in Pavilion C, space 3902. Website:

The ML5.8 hammer is a long handled zinc composite hammer that doesn’t damage what it hits, doesn’t create sparks or vibrate. The 5 1/2-pound hammer develops 12 pounds more force than an eight-pound sledgehammer.

Built by Hammer Works Manufacturing, LLC, the ML5.8 can be seen at Pavilion C, space 3108.


Lindsay Corp. has not yet announced the newest addition to its line of self-propelled center-pivot and lateral move irrigation systems will complement the company’s FieldNet wireless irrigation management system.

Lindsay Corp.’s product can be seen in Space L40. Website:

The McMAG3000 is a flow meter that fits a common range of line sizes. The meter is independent of outside power and offers high accuracy where mechanical meters are not always the ideal choice. This meter is designed to handle wide flow ranges, plus dirty water.

Developed by McCrometer, Inc. it can be seen in Pavilion B space 2415. Website:

2014 World Ag Expo seminar schedule Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:07:01 -0500 Tuesday, Feb. 11

10-10:45 a.m. — Hay & Forage Seminar: Predicting the 2014 Western Hay Market

Speaker: Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report

Weather conditions from 2013 will have a greater-than-normal impact on the western alfalfa hay market during the early part of 2014. Learn why the dynamics of large quantities of lower-quality hay and tighter, high-quality alfalfa hay supplies (with variations in alfalfa hay plantings and acreage) will make 2014 an interesting year for the western alfalfa-hay industry.

10:15-11:15 a.m. — International Trade Seminar: Going Global

Hear first-hand from a panel of international trade professionals how to develop the skills you need to lead across cultures and borders. The demand for international businesspeople is increasing along with globalization. Explore the latest job opportunities, career tips and personal success stories from international trade professionals.

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Dairy Seminar: Don’t Just Make More Dairy Heifers

Speaker: Jerry Wulf, President of Wulf Cattle

Wulf will discuss his beef cattle operation’s partnerships with dairies to breed Limousin genetics to lower-ranking Jersey cows in order to produce higher-quality beef steers. Wulf and a panel of producers will discuss how to better utilize “available wombs” to maximize the market value of newborn calves.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Hay & Forage Seminar: Top 5 Production Practices to Improve Alfalfa Yield and Profitability

Speaker: Steve Orloff, University of California, Siskiyou County Farm Advisor

Solid agronomic management increases alfalfa yield and the bottom line. Practices offering the best return will be counted down by this farm advisor, known for his solid alfalfa, irrigation and weed control management knowledge as well as harvest scheduling strategies and plant tissue testing experience.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — International Trade Seminar: The New Global Consumer

Prepare your company to meet the demands of today and tomorrow’s exploding number of global consumers. From China and India to Peru and Botswana, the massive influx of people expected to rise to the middle class over the next decade and beyond already has changed the way many companies do business around the world. Learn more about the key trends driving who your next customers may be, what they want, and how to best make your company ready.

Noon-1 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: Lunch-and-Learn: Commodity Market Risk Management

This macroeconomic presentation will take you through need-to-know market conditions, potential price scenarios and the all-important “need to do” steps that savvy business people must take when running enterprises dependent on commodity market prices. An overview of all markets impacting the dairy business will be given, including dairy, feed, currency and energy. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1-2 p.m. — International Trade Seminar: Importance of American-made Agricultural Machinery Exports to U.S. Economy

Learn how to capitalize on emerging markets and trends, overcome trade barriers and position your company today for tomorrow’s global economy. Despite some volatility in world markets, global trade remains strong for agricultural equipment manufacturers, as producers in both emerging and industrialized regions boost productivity. U.S. agricultural equipment manufacturers face growing opportunities in many dynamic markets as well as significant export challenges. Find out how vital these exports are to U.S. manufacturers and workers.

1-1:45 p.m. — Hay & Forage Seminar: Closing the Quality Gap from Field to Feeding

Speaker: Dale Hohlbauch, Hay and Forage Specialist, Garton Tractor

Your goals for maximizing forage quality can come up short if your harvesting equipment isn’t adjusted and managed properly. This eye-opening presentation will cover simple steps that you may have overlooked. Learning these equipment fixes may help you close the gap between feed-quality goals and harvesting realities.

1:30-2:30 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: Video Farm Tour of Scott Brothers Dairy Farms, San Jacinto, Calif.

See how this 100-year-old family-run dairy in Southern California turns its manure into renewable diesel. The innovative system produces clean water and dry fertilizer as “byproducts” and enables the farm to comply with a local ban on applying manure to land. A live Q&A with farm representatives will follow this video presentation.

2-3:15 p.m. — Hay & Forage Seminar: What’s the Buzz about Shredlage?

Moderator: Jamey Albrecht, Corn Product Manager, Mycogen Seeds. Panelists: Jed Asmus, January Innovation, Inc.; Darren Dias, Delta View Farm; Jared Fragoso, Dias & Fragoso Custom Chopping; Roger Olson, Shredlage, LLC.

Dairy producers across the country are buzzing about Shredlage, a new method of silage processing that shreds rather than chops the corn plant for higher digestibility. Hear from a California dairy producer, silage chopper and nutritionist about their experiences with the Shredlage system and get your questions answered.

2:15-3:15 p.m. — International Trade Seminar: How Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Affect Agricultural Trade?

Increase your knowledge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its importance in eliminating agricultural trade barriers. The large and growing markets of the Asia-Pacific are already key destinations for U.S. manufactured goods, agricultural products, and services suppliers, representing 75 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports last year. The TPP, currently under negotiation with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, Vietnam and Japan, will further deepen this trade and investment. Find out how the TPP stands out among past trade agreements, and the ways it will impact U.S. agricultural production, consumption, trade and economic development.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

9-10:30 a.m. — General Ag Seminar: Obamacare: Where Do Ag Employers Go from Here?

Speaker: Bryan Little, Chief Operating Officer, Farm Employers Labor Service

Employers will learn what they must do after the one year reprieve from the Affordable Care Act. Bryan will also present what you need to know if you are a large employer under the regulations or not, and what your options may be.

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Dairy Seminar: 2014 Milk Prices

Speaker: Tim Hunt, Rabobank

Rabobank’s global dairy strategist will present an outlook of domestic and global milk markets for 2014. Get a glimpse at what these dynamic markets will mean for your dairy’s bottom line.

10:45 a.m-12:15 p.m. — General Ag Seminar: Sexual Harassment Training for Agricultural Supervisors

Speaker: Santos Martinez, Labor Management Consultant, Farm Employers Labor Service

Do you know what is at risk if you have a complaint? Do you know what sexual harassment training is required for the workers you supervise? Have you been through the training before and need a renewal, or will this be your first time?

Noon-1 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: What Does the Consumer Want?

Speakers: Mary Anne Burkman, MPH, RDN, Program Director, Dairy Council of California; Jennifer Giambroni, California Milk Advisory Board

Find out how today’s consumers fit dairy products into their fast-paced, health-conscious diets. Discover the dietary trend toward on-the-go meals and snacks. Learn how dairy fits into this consumer’s diet and eating habits and about how dairy checkoff dollars are used to reach and influence the dairy-buying audience. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and the California Milk Advisory Board will host a milk and cookies dessert after the session.

1-3 p.m. — General Ag Seminar: Implementing the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program

Panelists: David Orth, General Manager Kings River Conservation District; David De Groot, VP 4Creeks, Inc.; John Schaap, VP Provost & Pritchard; Casey Creamer, California Cotton Growers & California Cotton Ginners Associations

These experienced experts have a question for you: Do you farm in the Central Valley? Do you own irrigated land in the Central Valley? If you answered yes to either, then you need to know if you are ready to implement the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. This seminar will educate growers about the requirements of the new general order, answer their questions, and provide direction for what is ahead.

1:30-2:30 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: Panel Discussion on A “Whole” New Market

Speaker: Tim Hunt, Rabobank

Rabobank’s Global Dairy Strategist will moderate a panel discussion with milk co-op executives about the emergence of whole milk powder production in the West. Who will buy their products? How will sales impact producer paychecks? Invited panel participants include California Dairies Inc., Dairy Farmers of America and Darigold.

2-3 p.m. — Beef Seminar: Catching Up to Yesterday

Speaker: Wes Ishmael, Beef Magazine

The willingness and ability of industry sectors to work closer together will determine industry size. Moreover, informal strategic alliances represent vast, untapped potential for individual producers. Ishmael will detail the opportunities.

3-4 p.m. — Beef Seminar: A Twisted Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste…A Comic Adventure

Speaker: Leigh Rubin, Beef Magazine

Through his humorous presentations Leigh emphasizes the rewards of persistence and the fun of problem solving while celebrating creativity. Rubin uses cattle as a frequent foil in his cartoons, which appear in more than 400 publications worldwide.

3-4 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: Wisdom in Minutes

Attend this session and take home a tip or trick to improve your dairy’s efficiency. Session will feature mini-presentations from leading California dairy producers, nutritionists and veterinarians. Each will share a tool they’ve discovered to save you time, money or unnecessary hassle. The seminar will be round-robin style with several different presenters.

3:15-4:30 p.m. — General Ag Seminar: The Food Safety Modernization Act — What Does This Mean to Farmers, Growers, Packers?

Speaker: Mary Ellen Taylor, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Discuss the proposed and final rules of the FSMA; what is required by you as a grower or packer; the upcoming deadlines; import requirements, and third party audits.

Thursday, Feb. 13

10-10:30 a.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Agricultural Activities of the Irrigation Association

Speaker: John Farner, Irrigation Association

Hear an update from the Irrigation Association.

10:30-11 a.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Good Irrigation Efficiency by Increasing Distribution Uniformity

Speaker: Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology

Learn about irrigation efficiency by increasing distribution uniformity.

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Dairy Seminar: Avoid Lawyers and Regulators

Speaker: Anthony Raimondo, attorney, McCormick and Barstow; Kevin Abernathy, director of regulatory affairs, Milk Producers Council.

Discover the most common issues that give California dairies problems with the law and regulations. Find out how to steer clear of them. See case studies and answer dairy producers’ questions.

11-11:30 a.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Irrigation Automation with Wireless Telemetry

Speaker: Jacob Christfort, Ranch Systems

As water becomes more scarce and costly, irrigation monitoring and control becomes an imperative. Partial or full automation saves on labor costs and provides more precise control and data. This session will focus on wireless telemetry technology, software overview and demonstration and case study results from a pistachio and wine grape grower in Lemoore, Calif.

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Leveraging Irrigation Technology in Drought Conditions in Tree, Vine and Row Crops

Speaker: Pat Biddy, Irrigation Matters

Projections are already being made that irrigation water available to growers in 2014 to be worse than 2013. We will discuss the tools available to growers that will allow them to maximize their available irrigation water.

Noon-12:30 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Polyethylene Tape and Tubing for Micro-Irrigation and Technical Attributes that Contribute to High Performance.

Speaker: Mark Jablonka, The Dow Chemical Co.

Micro-irrigation drip tape and tubing helps growers optimize water and fertilizer usage to maximize quality and crop yields. Micro-irrigation tape and tubing seems simple, but is highly engineered and complex. This seminar will provide an overview of the materials used in micro-irrigation tape and tubing, with a focus on polyethylene.

Noon-1 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: Lunch-and-Learn: Commodity Market Risk Management

This macroeconomic presentation will take you through need-to-know market conditions, potential price scenarios and “to do” steps that savvy business people must take when running enterprises dependent on commodity market prices. An overview of all markets impacting the dairy business will be given, including dairy, feed, currency and energy. A free lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

12:30-1 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Volumetric Flowmeters Selection, Operation & Maintenance for Water & Irrigation Operators and Maintenance Personnel

Speaker: Craig Pfaff, Seametrics Flow Meters and Controls

Flow meters offering volumetric measurement have been used for many years by both water and irrigation personnel for custody transfer, system flow analysis, throughput monitoring, control system pacing and other applications. This seminar will explore application-specific selection criteria of volumetric flow meters from the viewpoint of water and irrigation operations and maintenance personnel.

1-1:30 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Pivot Applications in California

Using pivot applications in California.

1:30-2 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Filters and Savings for Both Sides of Your Pump

Speaker: Randy Delenikos, LAKOS Filtration Systems

It is no longer good enough that a filter can protect a pump or irrigation system from clogging or abrasive wear. The obvious benefits of such protection maximize savings possible for an irrigation system. Learn about products, savings, applications and a checklist of criteria be shared that can help select the right product while saving money.

1:30-2:30 p.m. — Dairy Seminar: Video tour: Pirtle & Sons Dairy, Roswell, N.M.

See how this farming family got into the dairy business less than a decade ago. Since then, they’ve taken an outside-the-box approach to dairy herd health, adopting the use of ozone gas for a multitude of on-farm applications including in the parlor, footbaths and hospital pen. A live Q&A with farm representatives will follow this video presentation.

2-2:30 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: The Value of Educating your Field Laborers for Drip Micro

Speaker: Jim Anshutz, AG H20

Today’s agricultural operations rely on more sophistication and technology. Irrigation is a prime example of the need to educate field laborers in the operation and maintenance of irrigation components like filters, valves and other components of a system. Not maintaining a drip system can cost a grower in water, power and fertilizer, to say nothing about reduction of yield.

2:30-3 p.m. — Irrigation Seminar: Drip Irrigation

Speaker: Paul McFadden, Toro Micro-Irrigation

Learn how to manage drip irrigation for efficiency.

— World Ag Expo