CCOA 2018 Annual Conference Speaker Presentations

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Annual Conference!

All attendees should have received an email with instructions on how to access the Speaker Presentations. If you attended and did not receive the email, or are otherwise having trouble accessing the presentations, please contact:

Sarah Erck at 916-231-2138 or via email at


Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor.

He joined The Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his governorship, and later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief. In 1981, Mr. Walters began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events.

In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee and in 2017, Mr. Walters and his column shifted to, a non-profit organization devoted to California public policy issues. He has written more than 9,000 articles and his column appears in dozens of California newspapers.

Mr. Walters has written about California and its politics for a number of other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, and in 1986, his book, “The New California: Facing the 21st Century,” was published in its first edition. The book later underwent revisions and became a widely used college textbook about socioeconomic and political trends in the state.

He is also the founding editor of the “California Political Almanac” and the co- author of “The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento,” published by the University of California. Mr. Walters frequently appears on CNN, Fox, and other networks, commenting about political developments in California.


  1. Get unique insights from our keynote speaker, Dan Walters. Dan has over 60 years as a journalist and provides unique perspective on State politics and how it may impact doing business in California.
  2. Implications of California’s Evolving Consumer Landscape
    Speaker:  John Talbot, CEO, California Milk Advisory Board
    Learn about key trends in the marketplace for dairy foods.  and what can really impact consumer purchase of dairy foods in the future.  
  3. Addressing Plant Protein Ingredients
    Speaker:  Veronique LaGrange, Strategic Development Consultant, American Dairy Products Institute.
    Find out what the industry is doing to address plant based alternative products in the marketplace
  4. DairyUp
    Speaker:   James Windstead, Director, Dairy Council of California
    Need to find an answer to commonly asked questions about milk and dairy foods right away?  Find out what is available at your fingertips by learning about, gaining access, and using Dairy Council of California’s mobile app, “DairyUp”
  5. International Trade and Trade Policy.
    Speaker:  Jaime Castaneda, Senior Vice President, Trade Policy, US Dairy Export Council
    In 2017 approximately 14% of all US dairy solids produced were exported around the world. Find out how current trade policy may impact the future of export of US dairy foods and ingredients.
  1. California Dairy Sustainability Update.
    Mike Boccadero, President, West Coast Advisors
    Find out how California can best position its dairy sustainability efforts.
  2. Seven Reasons to be Optimistic about California Dairy Industry
    Speaker, Phil Plourd, President, Blimling and Associates, Inc.
  3. California With or Without a Federal Milk Marketing Order – A Industry Leader Roundtable
    See which path the industry will take to insure a healthy economic future.   How will future changes in milk pricing impact milk supplies and products produced in California.   
  4. Visit Dairy Industry Suppliers at the CCOA exhibits to learn about services, supplies and equipment that can help you plan for a better dairy industry future.
  5. Network with your colleagues in California dairy industry at the social events- golf, cruise, receptions, luncheons, etc.


  • Welcome Reception (new for 2018!) – Check in early, pick up your badge and conference materials then grab a drink and some appetizers and say hello to our exhibitors before the conference officially begins!
  • Golf Tournament – enjoy the fresh air, have fun, and break 100, 90, 80, 70 . . .
  • President’s Reception – catch up with old friends and make new friends while enjoying some food and drink
  • Lake Tahoe Cruise – enjoy the scenic views of one of nature’s most beautiful lakes with your colleagues and friends
  • Awards Dinner – join us for CCOA’s annual meeting closing awards dinner


Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Discounted rate of $105. Group code: S06CCO8
Book Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe for attendees of the CCOA Annual Conference at the discounted rate of $105. Discounted pricing is available for Saturday, June 23 thru Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Reserve your room online or contact Harrah’s Central Reservations at 1-800-455-4770 by June 1, 2018 to receive the group rate!

Attendees should reference the group code S06CCO8 when making their reservation.  This will ensure that the group rate is quoted.

*A resort fee of $23 per night will be added at check-in.


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