Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award Neale P. McNutt
APCAs highest award is given to those individuals, companies or organization that has gone far beyond others in support of Agriculture. This year’s honoree for the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture is Neale P. McNutt. Neale grew up on a small orange orchard in Riverside where his father was involved in citrus pest management. It was at this time that Neale’s interest in agriculture first began. Neale graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Services and Inspection at Cal Poly Pomona in 1958. Neale has been in the industry for 52 years and received his PCA license in 1975. In 1972, Senate Bill 1020 was passed for the licensing of Agricultural Pest Control Advisers in California. Local agricultural organizations and field men realized there was a need for a statewide organization. A non-profit corporation - Council of California Pest Control Advisers was formed in 1975. Mr. Stan Strew was the Executive Director and the first CAPCA Conference was held in Fresno in December 1975. The conference theme was “Why Doesn’t Somebody Do Something?” and Neale realized, “I was somebody!” Neale was employed by Coastal Chemical Company in Oxnard from 1958 – 1976; Santa Clara Chemical and Seed in Oxnard from 1976 – 1999; and Tri-Tech Ag Products in Camarillo from 1999 – present. He is involved in product purchases, inventory control, and backup support for Tri-Tech PCAs. He consults in celery, cole crops, peppers and leafy vegetables.
Neale P. McNutt
In addition to Neale’s career as a PCA he was also one of the pioneers in the formation of CAPCA and was a CAPCA charter member in January 1975. Neale served on Western Agricultural Chemical Association Board from 1976-1979 and was in Ag Consultant Magazine - Crop Professionals Hall of Fame in 1994. Neale was also a Board member of the Stanley Strew Educational Fund and a founding Board Member of the Plant Doctor Program. Now, Neale has three daughters, five grandchildren and his wife of 54 years, Sue. Neale says the biggest highlight of his career as a PCA is his involvement in not only CAPCA but all the other organizations that have contributed to the success and professionalism of what PCAs represent in the agricultural industry today.
Neale McNutt (left), Gary Silveria, CAPCA Ex-Officio, and Renee Rianda (right). CAPCA Adviser