Department of Plant Science Advisory Council

Mission Statement

Recognizing the unique and diverse features of agriculture in the region, the mission of the Plant Science Advisory Council is to promote excellence in programs at California State University, Fresno that will ensure adequate availability of well-educated agricultural professionals.


  • Jim Gregory - Agronomist/Sales Manager, Verdegaal Brothers, Inc., Hanford, CA
  • George Garcia - PCA, Tanimura and Antle, Inc. Tres Picos Ranch, Five Points, CA
  • Bill Pucheu - Partner, Pucheu Brothers, Tranquility, CA
  • Washoua "Sam" Vang - Soil Conservationist, National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Fresno Co., Fresno, CA
  • Tom Willey - Owner and Grower, T & D Willey Organic Farms, Madera, CA
  • Steve Wright - Cotton and Agronomy Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Tulare and Kings Counties - Tulare, CA


  • Steve Americano - Division Service Representative, Kubota Tractor Corporations Western Division, Lodi, CA
  • Larry Dinis - Mechanized Ag Instructor, Reedley College, Reedley, CA
  • Darol Fishman - Department Chairman, Merced Community College, Merced, CA
  • Dennis Magoulas - Shop Manager, Stamoules Produce Co., Mendota, CA
  • Don Nelson - Owner/Manager, Midland Tractor, Madera, CA
  • Mark Woods - Designer/Trouble Shooter of Hydraulic Systems, Hydraulic Controls Inc, Fresno, CA


  • Michael Cline - Sales Representative, Wilbur Ellis Co., and CA Certified Pest Control Advisor for Turf & Ornamentals, Fresno, CA
  • Ron Nishinaka - Trustee, State Center Community College District, Former Environmental Horticulture Instructor, Reedley College, Reedley, CA
  • Jon Reelhorn - Owner, Belmont Nursery, Fresno, CA


  • Walter Bentley - U.C. Statewide IPM Program Entomologist, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier, CA
  • Jerry Prieto - Crossroads, Fresno, CA
  • Doug Reese - Owner, Summit Agronomics, Clovis, CA
  • David West - Technical Service Representative, Syngenta Crop Production, Inc., and licensed CPA, Clovis, CA
  • Don Wolf - Specialist in Compost and Environmentally Responsible Soil Amendments, Grover Soil Solutions, Modesto, CA


  • Tim Gerdts - Sales Representative, Burchell Nursery, Kingsburg, CA
  • Bill Green - Education Manager, Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno, CA
  • Mel Machado - Special Projects Coordinator, Blue Diamond Growers, Modesto, CA
  • Mike Mehling - Owner, Grape Harvester, Inc., Fresno, CA
  • Kevin Olsen - Vice President, S & J Ranch, Madera, CA
  • Brent Smittcamp - President, Wawona Packing, Cutler, CA


  • Nat Dellavalle - Owner, Dellavalle Laboratory, Inc., Fresno, CA
  • Rob Mikkelsen - Western U.S. Director, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Merced, CA
  • Jerome Pier - Agronomist, Western Farm Service, Stockton, CA
  • Edd Russell - Area Resource Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS, Fresno, CA
  • Brock Taylor - Private Consultant, Brock Taylor Consulting, Clovis, CA