Start Expo With ‘Tanbark Talks’

While at World Dairy Expo, members of the global dairy industry are invited to start their mornings with educational and insightful Tanbark Talks.

This new opportunity to learn takes place in The Tanbark at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning of Expo.

Topics of this year’s Tanbark Talks range from dairy adaptability to current ag outlooks. Each session is presented by industry experts from all over the U.S. With The Tanbark offering optimal seating, Tanbark Talks are the ideal way to begin your mornings at Expo.

The following is a current description of the 2021 Tanbark Talks. Download World Dairy Expo’s free mobile event app or visit for an up-to-date schedule and for more information about each session.

SEPT. 29 — Farming Forward Through Enhanced Innovation and Farm Profitability

Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, has kept its focus on today and tomorrow in its quest to drive sales and trust in dairy. Bob Johansen, from the Institute for the Future, will kick off the session sharing insights from his work with farmers, industry leaders and eventually dairy checkoff. Afterwards, a panel discussion to take place to dive deeper into the checkoff’s strategy of envisioning a secure future for dairy farmers. Panelists include Tom Gallagher, DMI CEO, Dwyer Williams, DMI Chief Transformation Officer, Lee Kinnard, Kinnard Farms CEO, Peter Vitaliano, National Milk Producers Federation Vice President of Economic Policy and Market Research, and Eve Pollet, DMI Senior Vice President of Strategic Intelligence.  

SEPT. 30 — U.S. Farm Report – LIVE

U.S. Farm Report host Tyne Morgan will host and film a one-hour session featuring a panel of experts, focused on markets, industry news and trends. Content captured during this Tanbark Talk will be broadcast on the U.S. Farm Report, to air the weekend of Oct. 2-3. This Tanbark Talk if your chance to experience a live taping of a national TV program and learn from some of the best in the business. Panelists include Mike North,, and Ben Laine, Rabo AgriFinance.

OCT. 1 — This Business Called Agriculture – Presented by Damian Mason

Damian Mason will deliver a crisp, current ag outlook and insights presentation in a humorous manner. Through his public speaking, the two podcasts he hosts, and the several books he has authored, Mason strives to spread accurate information and dispel misinformation about the world’s most important industry: agriculture. 

World Dairy Expo is Sept. 28 through Oct. 2. Download the World Dairy Expo mobile event app, visit, or follow the event on FacebookTwitterLinkedInSpotifyInstagram or YouTube for more information.