This Month at CAPCA-October 2018

Happy Fall Members!

This was a full month, so let us get right to it:


Ted Swartzbaugh, Rick Harrison, Michelle Haase, Chris Steppig, Cristian Baez, Gus Gunderson from Limoneira, and Rob Scherzinger from the California Association of Aerial Applicatiors Association(CAAA) met with Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin to discuss what it means to be a PCA working in Ventura County. Ted and the group welcomed ASM Irwin at Limoneira’s Corporate Headquarters in Santa Paula CA where the group shared what a PCA is and the different facets and/or capacities of the Ag industry PCAs operate in (sales rep, in-house PCA, operations manager, etc.). They discussed Maximum Residue Limits and how the products we apply can affect where we export crops; water availability and briefly explained the intricacies within it and the impending regulations that are in the pipeline.

Being located at the Limoneira headquarters, the group spent time expressing the value and importance of the Citrus Industry in Southern California and the routine challenges that are dealt with daily.  They discussed the areawide management that’s currently being done for Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP); the importance of IPM and using all the tools in our toolbox, to be able to be produce a crop that is of suitable quality, yield, economical, and is not detrimental to people and the environment. During a tour of the facility, ASM Irwin was shown a lettuce and flower field that was adjacent to a Lemon grove that was within a ¼ mile of Olivelands Elementary School.  The lemons fell within the ¼ mile boundary showcasing the challenge of treating multiple crops next to one another (drift being the biggest issue) but also the urban-ag relationship and how spray programs have been changed to reflect the regulations that were passed, and that Ag is continuing to have no issues with protecting schools and children.

To further illustrate the need for clear, consistent communication, Rob Scherzinger from Aspen Helicopters talked about the constant communication they have with PCA’s on a daily basis and how we always are working together. He also spoke a bit about the changes in aerial application in this county in the past 20 years and a brief discussion on the extent of applications that they do for growers: where in the county, what crops, etc.

ASM Irwin was genuinely engaged and asked many questions throughout the day.  This is a great example of CAPCA taking the lead and working with our legislators, showing the challenges they face and what has been done to succeed in the face of those regulations.  Thank you Ted for sharing this awesome story with us!  This is a great step and we hope this is one of many future steps.




This month, the Disneyland Hotel played host to the 2018 Annual Conference and Agri Expo.  This was CAPCAs largest event to date with almost 1800 registered.  Many vendor and exhibitors were praising the event exclaiming how well run it was and the increased amount of foot traffic and interaction they were getting with members.  Just to name a few of the Conference Highlights:


  • Rick Wescott’s moving introduction to Conference
  • Joel Nelson presentation on why we all must work together to help protect Ca Citrus and how working together is the greatest tool in our toolbox
  • Our very own Ruthann Anderson and Riverside CAC Ruben Arroyo sharing the Bee Where Program
  • Jay Vroom of Crop Life America enlightening us on the nuances of FIFRA as well as showing off an excellent CLA commercial
  • Eliza Dunn’s presentation on Glyphosate
  • Our lunch presenter Mr. George Soares as he continued the story of the PCA in California
  • And of course, The Beagle Brigade: Dudley, Betsy and Friends of U.S. Customs and Border Control


Joel Nelson

Dudley (and his Human) from the Beagle Brigade

Winner of our YETI, Bryan Thompson and his wife

John Eirsey at the Welcome Reception

This was an excellent Conference and we are looking forward to next year in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort from November 3-5, 2019.  Details will be coming in 2019.


CAPCA wants to extend a special congratulations to Bryan Thompson of our SoCal Chapter who was the lucky winner of our YETI Cooler for participating in our Active Ingredient Defense Comment Card Raffle.  Active Ingredient Defense is something we will always need.  Below is a PDF of the comment card.  If you wish, please print and fill it out entirely and send it to as he will be building a database of these comments to help protect vital chemistries.