Dean Helene Dillard to Join UC Davis Agricultural Experts at World Ag Expo®

Dean Helene Dillard with the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will gather with fellow scientists, staff, and students at the 2023 World Ag Expo® in Tulare, Feb. 14-16, to chat with farmers, prospective students, alumni, and leaders throughout the agricultural industry.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this three-day event, where 1,200 exhibitors display cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment throughout 2.6 million square feet of showgrounds.

“I’m delighted to attend this incredible agricultural exhibition,” Dillard said. “I look forward to discussing the college’s latest developments in agricultural research, meeting prospective students, and reconnecting with alumni and friends from the Central Valley and beyond.”

Dillard will be at the UC Davis booth — located in the Ag Careers and Education Center — from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. She will be joined by Jason Bond, the associate dean for agricultural sciences and an entomology and nematology professor.

Several college experts in viticulture, enology, engineering, and economics will be available to discuss agricultural issues and visit with attendees. Aggie Ambassadors and undergraduate student advisors will also be on hand to answer questions about UC Davis majors and campus life.

 “Prospective students can learn about our majors and the career paths they provide,” said Sue Ebeler, associate dean of undergraduate academic programs and a professor in viticulture and enology. Ebeler will be at the UC Davis booth on Feb. 16.

 In addition to Dean Dillard, Bond, and Ebeler, college experts attending the expo include:

Attendees on Feb. 14

  • Karen Block, director of industry relations in viticulture and enology
  • Luis Diaz-Garcia, assistant professor in viticulture and enology
  • Rachael Goodhue, department chair and professor in agricultural and resource economics
  • Larly Lee, program coordinator in viticulture and enology

Attendees on Feb. 15

  • David Block, professor, viticulture and enology department chair and chemical engineering professor
  • Fadi Fathallah, professor and department chair in biological and agricultural engineering
  • Ali Moghimi, assistant professor of teaching in biological and agricultural engineering
  • Anita Oberholster, professor of Cooperative Extension in viticulture and enology

UC Davis is ranked first in the nation for agriculture, plant sciences, animal science, and agricultural economics. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences enrolled more than 2,000 new students in the fall of 2022, many of them from California’s Central Valley. The college offers 27 majors—from agricultural and environmental technology to nutrition to global disease biology.

“The World Ag Expo is an incredible event,” Ebeler said. “We get to meet with leaders from around the world, as well as with the passionate young people who are the future of agriculture.”


Media contacts:

Emily C. Dooley, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 530-650-6807,

Sue Ebeler, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,