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We invite you to be part of the 122nd California Creamery Operators Association (CCOA) Annual Meeting, June 27-28, 2022 in South Lake Tahoe.

We are thrilled to be gathering in person again for the first time in three years, as we discuss exciting advancements, creative solutions, and new opportunities being realized throughout the California dairy sector. CCOA’s annual meeting is a longstanding, family-oriented tradition like no other. The unique event brings together dairy producers, dairy processors, allied industries, academic faculty, trade associations, and other industry professionals. Members and guests look forward to connecting and learning from peers and expert speakers, as well as relaxing with their families and spending time on a Lake Tahoe cruise or golf course.

Sign up today. Early bird registration rates end on Friday, May 20. 

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Program Agenda

Attendees can look forward to an exciting and informative two-day agenda

Welcome Reception

Sunday, June 26 I 5:00 – 6:30 pm


Monday, June 27 I 7:00 am


Monday, June 27 I 7:00 am
Gary Stueve, CCOA Board President

Dairy’s Global Economic Outlook and Implications for California

Monday, June 27 I 8:15 am
A keynote address by Phil Plourd, President of Blimling and Associates, Inc. discussing today’s dairy market and the trends, policies and innovations impacting future forecasts.

Keep on Trucking: Labor, Costs, and Other Issues Impacting Freight Movement

Monday, June 27 I 9:00 a.m.
Panel discussion featuring Sam Schott of Ruan, Jim Aartman of CalFreight and Chris Shimoda, of the California Trucking Association.

Capitol View: Policy and Political Projections for 2022

Monday, June 27 I 10:30 am
Panel discussion featuring Louie Brown of Jahn Soares & Conway, Josh Walters of Walters Strategies, and more.

Innovating for the Future

Monday, June 27 I 11:25 am
A keynote address featuring John Talbot, CEO of the California Milk Advisory Board, and Veronique Lagrange, Director of the California Dairy Innovation Center.

Networking Lunch

Brought to you by GE Digital

Global Supply and Demand: What to Expect as Markets Evolve

Monday, June 27 I 1:10 pm
A keynote address by Will Loux, Director of Global Trade Analysis for U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Increasing Water Scarcity: Implications for Feed Availability and Affordability

Monday, June 27 I 1:45 pm
A panel discussion featuring Duncan MacEwan of ERA Economics, Jason Phillips of Friant Water Authority, and more.

Advancing Dairy in Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems

Monday, June 27 I 2:45 pm
A keynote by Ashley Rosales, Nutrition Science Officer for Dairy Council of California.

President's Reception

Monday, June 27 I 5:30 – 7:00 pm


Tuesday, June 28 I 7:00 pm

When the Ship Hits the Fan: Digging into Port Logistics and Dairy Export Challenges

Tuesday, June 28 I 8:10 am
A panel discussion featuring Peter Schnieder of TGS Logistics, Derik Toy of DairyAmerica, and Eric Caris of Port of Los Angeles.

Sizing Up the Competition: What to Expect from Alternative Dairy Products

Tuesday, June 28 I 8:55 am
A discussion featuring John Talbot, CEO of the California Milk Advisory Board and John Crawford, Vice President of Client Insights – Dairy at IRI.

Dairy’s Climate Journey: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed

Tuesday, June 28 I 9:50 am
A panel discussion exploring how California dairy farms compare to their global competitors and where we are headed with climate goals.

41st Annual Matchak/Fear CCOA Golf Invitational

Tuesday, June 28 I Lake Tahoe Golf Course
11:30 am – Registration
12:30 pm – Shotgun Start

Lake Tahoe Cruise

Tuesday, June 28 I 2:00 pm
A relaxing 2.5 hour tour around beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Awards Dinner

Tuesday, June 28
7:00 pm Cocktail Hour
8:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner
Celebrate the winners of the 41st Annual Matchak/Fear Golf Invitational, vie for several raffle prizes, and enjoy one final networking opportunity.


Watch the recordings from the 2021 virtual event.