World Ag Expo To Focus on Hemp

Hemp Innovation Challenge to Premier at 2020 World Ag Expo

The Hemp Innovation Challenge is designed to accelerate the future of the hemp industry by supporting entrepreneurs, researchers and students who are launching the most disruptive hemp innovations in the world. Submissions will come from hemp innovators in universities, companies, research institutes, barns, and government agencies. Finalists will be invited to the World Ag Expo® in Tulare, California in February 2020 to participate in the fast pitch competition. 
The winners will receive strategic feedback about their innovation, business model, and go-to-market strategy. Event highlights include networking with C-level executives, investors, and mentorship to support launching their innovations.
The Hemp Innovation Challenge™ will be run in partnership with the esteemed Larta Institute. Larta is a leading non-profit innovation hub with a mission to improve the transition of science and technology breakthroughs from the lab to the marketplace. Larta’s Global Agriculture Innovation Network (GAIN) programming, including the Ag Innovation Showcase, has helped over 700 ag entrepreneurs, who have gone on to collectively raise $1.7B over the past 10 years. “The Hemp Innovation Challenge is a perfect fit for what we do and our broader mission”, said Bandhana Katoch JD, MBA, MS, head of Larta’s Sustainability practice.
Entering its 53rd year, World Ag Expo® is the largest annual outdoor ag trade show in the world. In 2019, the show saw 102,800 attendees from 48 states and 65 countries. With more than 1,400 exhibitors and 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, World Ag Expo® provides a platform for networking, education and business in one of the most productive ag counties in the United States. 
 
General Admission tickets are for sale online now, and attendees can plan their visit at www.worldagexpo.org/attendees. With a diverse lineup of agriculture companies and seminars covering international trade, irrigation, ag policy, hemp, and more, there is something for every ag professional at the 2020 World Ag Expo®. The 53rd edition will run from Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the International Agri-Center® in Tulare, CA. 
 
To enter the Hemp Innovation Challenge, visit https://hempinnovationchallenge.org/hemp-innovation-submission/.

World Ag Expo Comes To a Close

Exhibitors Said There Were Good Crowds at World Ag Expo

The 2019 World Ag Expo came to a close on Thursday, February 14, 2019, with busy attendee traffic, a visit from NASA and wet weather. Celebrating its 52nd show, the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition was held at the International Agri-Center and featured 1,452 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The three-day show hosted 102,878 attendees representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and 65 countries.
Wind and rain played a large role in the slight dip in attendance from 2018, but early reports from exhibitors indicate the number of decision makers and quality leads was up from the year before. “The traffic to our booth was amazing!” shared Mitch Malek of Eco Transportation Products. “It was such an honor for Eco Transportation Products to exhibit at the World Ag Expo and win a Top-10 Award in our first show. We are looking forward to following up with all the great contacts we made and we are counting the days to exhibit at World Ag Expo 2020 and beyond.”
Attendees came from all over the world to network and learn about the newest ag equipment, services, and technology. More than 50 educational seminars were held over three days and covered a variety of topics ranging from irrigation to livestock to agribusiness.  
 
“This was a great show,” said Jerry Sinift CEO of the International Agri-Center. “We had some wet weather, but ag decision-makers came out in force to network with exhibitors, research new products and make purchases. World Ag Expo® continues to provide a high-quality platform for agriculture education and industry innovation.”
 
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was on hand opening day to speak at Opening Ceremonies and held a press conference providing an overview of the ways NASA is supporting agriculture. A full video of the press conference is available at http://bit.ly/NASAatWAE19. Bridenstine was joined by California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson throughout the morning, and both took a tour of World Ag Expo® that focused on technology applications in agriculture.
 
Other popular attractions at the 2019 World Ag Expo® included the Ride & Drive areas, Wine and Cheese, and the new Demonstration Pavilion.
 
The 2020 World Ag Expo® will be held on February 11-13, 2020. Space renewals are now being accepted from 2019 exhibitors. Potential exhibitors can begin requesting space on March 1, 2019, at www.worldagexpo.org.

ACP Control Protocols At World Ag Expo Feb. 13

World Ag Expo Seminar: Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing – Regulatory Compliance Update and Treatment Protocol

News Release

If you’re attending the World Ag Expo, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program encourages you to attend a seminar on Feb. 13 to learn about regulatory protocols relating to Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing quarantines, the proper mitigation requirements for transportation of bulk citrus, and recommended treatment options for ACP in commercial citrus groves and residential citrus trees from industry experts.

During the seminar, Keith Okasaki of the California Department of Food and Agriculture will discuss the regulatory protocols for moving bulk citrus fruit in the state of California. Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell will discuss the University of California’s recommended treatment options for suppressing and controlling the Asian citrus psyllid in commercial citrus groves and residential citrus trees.

This seminar is free to attend with a World Ag Expo attendee ticket or exhibitor pass.

Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing – Regulatory Compliance Update and Treatment Protocols Seminar

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Noon – 1 p.m.

Location

Seminar Trailer 1 in the Seminar Center

The Seminar Center is near South Gate 15, at the corner of U Street and Expo Lane.

World Ag Expo is Feb 13-15

UC Davis Engineers, Economists, Advisors gather at World Ag Expo

By Diane Nelson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean’s office

UC Davis specialists in everything from grapes to livestock to irrigation management will join staff and students at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, February 13-15, to chat with farmers, prospective students, alumni and leaders throughout the agricultural industry.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 51st annual event, where 1,500 exhibitors display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment over a massive 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.

“We’re thrilled to be taking part in this incredible agricultural exhibition and reconnecting with alumni from the Central Valley and beyond,” said Sue Ebeler, an associate dean for the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and professor of viticulture and enology. “Faculty will be in town and available to discuss current agricultural research and our Aggie Ambassadors can answer questions about our majors and campus life.”

The UC Davis team will be located in the World Ag Women’s Pavilion. In addition to Professor Ebeler, dean of undergraduate academic programs for the college, seven faculty experts will attend portions of the three-day event. They include:

  • Rachel Goodhue, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
  • Deanne Meyer, Cooperative Extension specialist in livestock waste management,
  • Samuel Sandoval Solis, associate Cooperative Extension specialist in water management,
  • Ali Pourreza, assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in agricultural mechanization and precision agriculture,
  • Matt Fidelibus, Cooperative Extension specialist in grape production
  • Anna Denicol, assistant professor and veterinarian who specializes in reproductive biology, and
  • Jeff Mitchell, Cooperative Extension specialist in conservation agriculture.

UC Davis is ranked number 1 in the nation for agriculture, plant sciences, animal science and agricultural economics. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences enrolled more than 2,000 new students in the fall of 2017, many of them from California’s Central Valley. The college offers 29 majors—everything from agriculture to nutrition to global disease biology.

“Prospective students can learn about all our majors and the career paths they provide,” Ebeler said. “At the World Ag Expo, we get to meet with agricultural leaders from around the world, as well as so many passionate young people who will become tomorrow’s leaders.”

 

Media contacts:

Diane Nelson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean’s office, 530-752-1969, denelson@ucdavis.edu

Sue Ebeler, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean’s office, 530-752-7150, seebeler@ucdavis.edu

The 48th Annual World Ag Expo

The 48th Annual World Ag Expo officially kicked off at 9:00 a.m. this morning.

The largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, World Ag Expo touts more than 1,500 exhibitors who display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds. An estimated average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries attend the show each year to learn about the latest advances in agriculture.

More than 35 seminars are offered in beef, dairy, hay and forage, international trade, irrigation and general agriculture categories. Seminars presented by professionals in the industry provide attendees with valuable information to improve their operations.

“From the locally-focused ag tours to the international attendees, World Ag Expo strives to live up to its name every year,” says Jerry Sinift, International Agri-Center’s chief executive officer. “Even as we grow and change, we remain grounded in the idea that agriculture is an invaluable asset to our communities and to the growing world. We’re here to be a consistent part of that through educational seminars and bringing in quality exhibitors for serious buyers.”

Live webcams of World Ag Expo’s show grounds, powered by Axis Communications, Valley Ag Software and HD Relay, can be viewed online at www.WorldAgExpo.org/live-webcams. Ten cameras on the grounds offer views of activity on the grounds, including exhibitors, attendees and volunteers.

World Ag Expo attendees can get the latest news, information and updates about the show by downloading the new 2015 mobile app. The free app provides mobile access to the schedule of events, an exhibitor directory, map of the show grounds and other visitor resources. The app is available for download by visiting your app store and searching for “World Ag Expo 2015.”

For a full schedule of events, more information about the show or to purchase tickets for World Ag Expo 2015, visit www.WorldAgExpo.org.

E.M. Tharp “We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Winners Announced at World Ag Expo

Eighth Year for “We Believe in Growing” Scholarships

Angelica Fernandes
Angelica Fernendes

World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up for the eighth year to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship which supports local high school students who will be attending four-year universities to major in an agricultural field. This year’s winners, Angelica Fernandes and Emily Babcock, will each receive $2,500 scholarships to be renewed up to four years, totaling $10,000 per student.

“Agriculture has many aspects–and education is a large part of that,” said Casey Tharp, E.M. Tharp, Inc. “We at E.M. Tharp are proud to be a part of that future by giving these students new opportunities to build on an already solid background in agriculture.”

Angelica Fernandes, a student at Tulare Union High School, plans to study agriculture education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo this coming fall. She is a Tulare FFA Chapter Officer, participates on the Tulare FFA Dairy Show Team, and is involved in her Associated Student Body as an Academic Commissioner.

Emily Babcock
Emily Babcock

“It’s a huge honor to be awarded this scholarship and I couldn’t be happier!” said Fernandes. “I’m looking forward to my future in ag education–this scholarship will be very beneficial for me. Thank you to everyone at E.M. Tharp.”

Emily Babcock, a student at Porterville High School, plans to study agricultural business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has been a 4-H Mentor for four years, and is currently the president of the Porterville FFA, and FFA sectional vice-president.

“It has always been my dream to attend Cal Poly and major in ag business to prepare myself for a career that will have an impact on the agriculture industry,” said Babcock, “I feel extremely grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship and blessed to live in a community that provides opportunities like these for students.”

To be considered for the scholarship, students from across the Central Valley submitted letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and must be graduating from high school during the 2014-2015 school year. The winners will be recognized at World Ag Expo’s media day on Monday, February 9, 2015.

 

CAPCA ANNOUNCES GARY SCHULZ NEXT CEO/PRESIDENT

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) Chair, Jeremy Briscoe, has announced the hiring of Mr. Gary Schulz as the next Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Schulz succeeds retiring CEO Terry W. Stark, effective February 1, 2015.

Gary Schulz, next CAPCA CEO
Gary Schulz, next CAPCA CEO

Gary Schulz departs his current position as President/General Manager of the Raisin Federal and State Marketing Orders responsible for program research, marketing and compliance with the orders. Prior to his six years with raisins, Mr. Schulz managed the International Agri-Center, Inc. and the World AG Expo in Tulare from 1990-2005. The World AG Expo doubled in size under his leadership from 700 exhibitors to over 1,500 with over 2 million square feet of exhibits.

Established in 1975, CAPCA represents 75% of the 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber, and ornamental industries of this state. CAPCA’s purpose is to serve as the leader in the evolution of the pest management industry through the communications of reliable information. CAPCA is dedicated to professional development and enhancement of our members’ education and stewardship which includes legislative, regulatory, continuing education and public outreach activities.

raisin characterCAPCA membership covers a broad spectrum of the industry including agricultural consulting firms, U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, city, county and state municipalities, public agencies, privately employed, forensic pest management firms, biological control suppliers, distributors, dealers of farm supplies, seed companies, laboratories, farming companies and manufacturers of pest management products.

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) was established in 1975 to support and promote agricultural pest control advisers (PCAs).

World Ag Expo Offers $3,000 Grand Prize for Video Contest

By: Monique Bienvenue; Cal Ag Today Social Media Manager/Reporter

World Ag Expo is calling for video submissions to tell the story of agriculture for a chance to win $3,000. The contest will focus on the theme, “Where Would We Be Without Farmers?”

Entrants are asked to tell the story of agriculture and the people who work to provide the products we enjoy. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The top videos will be posted at www.WorldAgExpo.org and the public will vote for their favorites beginning in December 2014.

“Farmers play an integral role in every part of our lives,” said Jerry Sinift, chief executive officer of the International Agri-Center. “We’re asking for talented individuals to portray the connection between farmers and the world they feed and clothe.”

The winner will be announced on January 30, 2015 and awarded the $3,000 cash prize. The top video will be posted on World Ag Expo’s website; will play during the show, February 10-12, 2015 in Tulare, California and the winner will be recognized at World Ag Expo.

To enter, upload your video to your own YouTube or Vimeo account and complete the online entry form on the World Ag Expo website. Videos must be at least 30 seconds long and may not exceed six minutes. Anyone of any age is eligible to enter. All videos must be submitted by December 1, 2014. Visit www.worldagexpo.org/video-contest for full rules and online entry form.