Fresno takes center stage as WUD convention opens Feb. 25
Fresno will be center stage for the California dairy industry as Western United Dairymen holds its annual convention in the heart of the state's dairy industry on February 23-25. The Radisson Hotel in downtown Fresno will host the three-day event, which will feature an industry trade show, educational seminars, experts on the issues of animal welfare and the federal legislative outlook, as well as plenty of social opportunities for WUD members.
The first day is open to all members of the California dairy industry, while the second and third days are reserved for WUD members, sponsors, exhibitors, and invited guests.
The opening day has a wide offering of classes on confined space safety, handling workers' compensation cases, and payroll and record keeping. There will also be environmental short courses on air and water quality. Those interested in signing up for the courses may contact the WUD office at (209) 527-6453, their local field representative, or register at the door.
Thursday morning will feature the graduation of members of Class III of the California Dairy Leaders program. Speakers during the day will focus on the animal welfare movement and the latest developments from Washington DC. Thursday evening, the annual banquet will feature entertainment by Mike Rayburn, billed as the "world's funniest guitar virtuoso." Outgoing members of the board of directors will be recognized for their years of service at Thursday's luncheon and banquet. Congressman Jim Costa will deliver the evening's keynote address. The convention closes Friday, following the delegate business meeting.