Virtual California Dairy Sustainability Summit to Spotlight Dairy Farmers’ Climate-Smart Efforts

September 17, 2020

The second California Dairy Sustainability Summit, hosted virtually this November 5th and 6th, will explore how California dairy families lead in sustainable farming. The agenda will highlight the tremendous progress being made to reduce methane emissions and support the state’s clean energy goals.

The agenda will highlight the tremendous progress being made to reduce methane emissions and support the state’s clean energy goals.

Participants will be a part of an exciting, collaborative effort to promote the environment and increase the availability of sustainable and nutritious foods.

By virtually bringing together dairy farmers, along with state officials, researchers, technology providers, and other key stakeholders, the Summit will continue to promote the advancement of climate-smart, sustainable practices—highlighting successful programs and partnerships, and developing solutions where needed.

The California dairy sector is the nation’s largest and its family-run farms are already among the most efficient producers of milk and dairy products. The life-cycle carbon footprint (per gallon of milk produced) for California farms is among the lowest of any region in the world.

The life-cycle carbon footprint (per gallon of milk produced) for California farms is among the lowest of any region in the world.

Now, through the implementation of digesters and other technologies—funded through public-private partnerships—the California dairy sector is making even greater progress.

The California Dairy Sustainability Summit program will include a panel discussion among leading climate researchers and key government officials, highlighting how the reduction of dairy methane emissions presents an important mitigation opportunity and puts dairy farms on a path to achieve climate neutrality. An in-depth panel discussion will cover California’s dairy digesters, which are playing a significant role in the state’s climate goals, both by capturing methane emissions and creating cleaner transportation options. This includes turning dairy biogas into renewable compressed natural gas (R-CNG) to replace the use of diesel in heavy duty trucks, as well as other innovative approaches, including projects that will use fuel cells to produce electricity for electric vehicle charging.

Developers and partners will explore avenues for maximizing the environmental benefits of dairy biogas in driving California’s clean transportation future.

Developers and partners will explore avenues for maximizing the environmental benefits of dairy biogas in driving California’s clean transportation future. Throughout the two-day event, attendees will hear from a diverse group of industry leaders and dairy farmers, including:

  • Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Phil Lempert, Founder and Editor, The Lempert Report, and Founder and CEO, Retail Dietitians Business Alliance
  • Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, University of California, Davis
  • Ashley Rosales, Program Director of Nutrition Sciences, Dairy Council of California
  • Justin Gioletti, Dairy Farmer and Vice President, Robert Gioletti & Sons Dairy, Inc.
  • Ermias Kebreab, Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Director, World Food Center, University of California, Davis
  • John Talbot, Chief Executive Officer, California Milk Advisory Board
  • Neil Black, President, California Bioenergy
  • Genevieve Regli, Dairy Farmer and Agricultural Communications Student, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Through a variety of dynamic educational sessions, the program will help ensure the continued economic and environmental success of efforts in California and throughout the world. The virtual exhibition hall presents an incredible opportunity to showcase new technologies and strategies.

The inaugural Summit attracted leaders from throughout state government, eager to work with dairy farmers to ensure that they can help California meet its environmental, energy diversity and economic goals. These important discussions will continue in November. Stakeholders from local, national, and international communities are welcome and can participate from wherever they are digitally connected. The possibilities to partner with innovative dairy farmers are truly endless.

Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are now available for the virtual Summit. To learn more or to register, visit www.cadairysummit.com.