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Event Registration - SDI-E (Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Dairy Effluent) - Maximizing Profit and Nutrient Utilization with Drip Irrigation Systems as a Nutrient Delivery Method
Thursday, January 21, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Adoption of drip systems, not only for irrigation but as a nutrient delivery tool, continues to demonstrate an attractive ROI across the United States. Row crop producers are finding that their ability to manage timing of nutrients and water awards the benefit of a significant increase to their bottom line. In the past four years, subsurface drip irrigation for effluent (SDI-E) has proven to be a more sustainable and profitable method for concentrated animal feeding operations to dispose of lagoon water and reduce commercial fertilizer costs. This webinar includes a panel of industry researchers and leading growers that are using SDI-E in their farming operations to increase yields, water and nutrient efficiency, and profitability, as well as create a more environmentally sustainable operation. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 category.
  • Speaker(s)
    • John Cardoza
      Senior Product Manager
      Sustainable Conservation
      John Cardoza leads the organization's effort regarding nutrient management and partnering with Central Valley dairies. The effort focuses on different technologies that improve nutrient/water use efficiency and water quality, while maintaining or increasing optimal crop yields. Cardoza's deep understanding of farming is attributed to growing up on a family farm near Modesto, California, and his experience working with diverse agricultural sectors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
      Ladi Asgill
      Senior Agronomist
      Sustainable Conservation
      Ladi Asgill is senior agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor with Sustainable Conservation, an environmental organization based in San Francisco and Modesto, California. Asgill has over 20 years of experience addressing production and environmental challenges in California agriculture. Over the past 14 years, he has led partnerships with farmers, government agencies, regulators and private industry to pioneer innovative market-based technologies that address California's air, water quality and water supply issues, with a particular focus in the dairy and tree nut sectors. He is currently working with farmers, scientists and irrigation districts to research and implement on-farm recharge methods that address overdrafted groundwater water basins. His is also partnering with Netafim USA to improve methods for effectively utilizing liquid manure nutrients with drip irrigation systems in order to reduce nitrate leaching while also providing dairy producers with a cost-effective alternative to synthetic fertilizers. Asgill has a master's in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and an agribusiness MBA from Santa Clara University. He is also an alumni of California's Agricultural Leadership Foundation.
      Mike McRee
      McRee Dairies
      Domonic Rossini
      Team Leader Agronomy West
      Netafim USA
      Domonic Rossini is an agronomic relationship manager for Netafim USA and works with all levels of customers to maximize the benefits of drip/micro irrigation systems. His responsibilities include training and education, supporting growers, and special projects such as effluent water systems, variable rate irrigation systems and SDI on forage crops. Before joining Netafim in 2015, he led the research and deployment of mechanization and ranch management for Sunview Vineyards. Raised on a family farm, Rossini is still an active farmer. He resides in Modesto, California, with his wife and two children.
      Richard Mayo
      DeJager Dairy
      Nate Ray
      General Manager
      DeJager Farms
      Nate Ray is the general manager for DeJager Farms in Chowchilla, California. DeJager Farms grows 17,000 acres of alfalfa, wheat and corn forage for their 25,000 dairy cows across eight dairy operations in the California Central Valley. Ray has been involved in the SDI-E project from the first day and will be sharing the transition from flood to SDI, both the challenges experienced and the many benefits to their operation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science focused in plant sciences from California State University, Fresno.
      Ryan Flaherty
      Director of Business Partnerships
      Sustainable Conservation
      At Sustainable Conservation, Ryan Flaherty fosters collaborative relationships between industry, regulators, agencies and other stakeholders to understand and explore solutions to transform dairy manure from waste to asset. He also leads Sustainable Conservation's engagement with corporations to encourage investment in innovative solutions to water and climate issues in California. Flaherty has more than 15 years of experience working with companies on social and environmental issues, mostly in the United States and Latin America. His areas of expertise include business and supply chain strategy, sustainable agriculture and water stewardship. He has an international MBA from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University.

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