Jeremy Briscoe took the helm as State Chair of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) today. Briscoe, who serves as National Ag Business Manager for Certis USA, Atascadero, CA, accepted the gavel from last year’s chair Dennis Duda of Wilbur-Ellis, Rio Linda, CA, at CAPCA’s 38th Annual Conference & Agri-Expo in Anaheim.

Briscoe, a 13-year participant of the 3,100-member organization, was named 2008 CAPCA Member of the Year, an award he shared with Sean Morelos of BASF Corporation, San Luis Obispo, CA. Briscoe and Morelos created the “Pathway to PCA” program to educate college students about career opportunities as pest control advisers (PCA). Studies show that fewer than 21 percent of CAPCA’s members are under the age of 44 and with aging PCAs retiring, the state could experience a shortfall of qualified PCAs. Since its inception, the Pathway to PCA program has recruited more than 200 PCAs into the profession.

Headquartered in Columbia, MD, Certis USA is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of biopesticide products for specialty agricultural and horticultural markets and the home and garden market. Certis USA products provide valuable solutions by meeting the challenges faced by today’s growers who are seeking sustainable alternatives, resistant pest management and harvest solutions, and low pesticide residues for market flexibility and export accessibility. For more information about Certis USA or its products visit www.CertisUSA.com.

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