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DUARTE NURSERY

Duarte Nursery, Inc. is a family owned and operated nursery located near Modesto in the Central Valley of California. Duarte Nursery is the largest permanent crops nursery in the United States, with a history of innovative products and exceptional customer service.  Duarte Nursery has its own vineyards and orchards, which include many experiments that focus on grower’s concerns. They include technologies for rapid vine establishment and fruit production, and the evaluation of scion clones and rootstocks for broad ranges of growing conditions.  Part of our commitment to innovation and quality is Dry Creek Lab, the nursery’s on-site laboratory where DNI produces fruit and nut trees through micropropagation and tissue culture. DNI’s fruit and nut tree program is based on the same strategy for success that has been enjoyed with our grapevines – quality, friendship and service.

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I started Needham Ag Services in 2009, after many years of management experience with companies such as Pandol Brothers, Gerawan Farming, Big 4 Farming, Synagro, and Wonderful Citrus. I decided I wanted use my experience to be a resource for growers. I started selling soil amendments for American Ag and soon after, was asked to be a field representative for Duarte Nursery. In the following years, I was approached by the current companies to represent their products and services. In total, I bring more than 30 years of farming experience to my customers. I graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1984 with a B.S. in Plant Science and Agricultural Mechanic. I have served as a Director for the Kern County Farm Bureau, Past President of Tulare County Farm Bureau, and am currently serving as a State Director for California Farm Bureau Federation. I am also the Chairman for the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and a long-time member of CAPCA. Licensed Pest Control Advisor #75630 Certified Crop Advisor #329348 Qualified Applicator #105936