Association Welcomes Priscilla Rodriguez as Director of Regulatory Affairs

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association wants to welcome Priscilla Rodriguez as the new Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Association.  Ms. Rodriguez has been working for our sister organization, the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), as the Director of Food Safety since 2015.  She will continue that role, but will also handle Regulatory Affairs for WAPA as well.  Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mathematics, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree from National University in Education Technology.  She is also a current member of Class 50 of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.  Ms. Rodriguez is bilingual and came to WAPA from the Friant Water Authority where she worked for eight years.  Ms. Rodriguez has been responsible for providing safety and food safety services to members of WAPA, as well as contract services to our consulting clients including, cotton gins, cotton warehouses, food processing plants, packing houses and farms.

Nominations for Board Positions are Due November 26th

Last month, nomination papers were mailed to all members for the open board seats.  That’s because it’s time for nominations to be submitted for the upcoming election of directors to open positions on the Board of Directors of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association.    There are four (4) Ginner Director terms expiring this year, including Mike Davis, Wayne Gilbert, Kirk Gilkey and a Vacancy.  There are four (4) Grower Director terms expiring this year, including Gary Martin, Andrew Clark, and Vincent Marshall of Fresno County, and Steve Wilbur of Tulare County.   The positions are for these specific counties.  Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the Association office by Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  Please take time to nominate one or more candidates in good standing with the Association (and yourself if you intend to be a candidate) and make sure that each person you name agrees to being nominated and files the Candidate Statement form required to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming election. The form must be completed for each nomination, so please copy the form if you nominate more than one person and provide the form to each person you nominate.

State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.  CDFA is now accepting applications for the SWEEP program. Applications are due December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply, visit the CDFA website at  SWEEP staff will host three informational workshops:


Willows, CA – Monday, October 28, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Glenn County Office of Education
311 South Villa Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Register for webinar participation at


Modesto, CA – Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Stanislaus County Agricultural Center
Harvest Hall, Room DE
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
Register for webinar participation at


Bakersfield, CA – Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
University of California Cooperative Extension
1031 S. Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Register for webinar participation at


CCGGA Congressional & Legislative Staff Tour

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association (CCGGA) in partnership with Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) had the opportunity to tour California cotton and tree nut facilities in the Central Valley with staff from several congressional and legislative offices. The group included representatives from offices of Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman TJ Cox, State Senator Anna Caballero, State Senator Melissa Hurtado and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow. The Association was represented by President/CEO Roger Isom, Director of Technical Services Chris McGlothlin, and Director of Regulatory Affairs Jodi Devaurs. The group was able to learn more about the processes of a cotton gin as well as learn about the various regulatory pressure gins and growers must comply with to operate in California including air quality controls and incentive programs, labor, crop protection tools and impacts of the trade issues on the California cotton market. The tour included stops to CCGGA member Mid-Valley Cotton Growers Gin as well as WAPA members Summerfield Farms, a walnut huller, and Central California Almond Growers Association, an almond huller/sheller. CCGGA has made an effort to not only build relationships with elected officials, but to provide tours to staff as well to help in better tell the story of the California cotton industry.

4th Annual Ag One – West Side Alumni and Friends Luncheon- November 1st

The Ag One Foundation invites you to attend 4th Annual Ag One – West Side Alumni and Friends Luncheon- November 1st hosted by Fresno Equipment Company in Five Points.  Proceeds from this event will help support Ag One and students and programs in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State.

This luncheon will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the company of Fresno State alumni and friends.  Plus, meet our newly appointed dean, Dr. Dennis Nef as well as faculty and staff of the Jordan College. We will also be recognizing Veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

Event sponsorship opportunities are available. See the attached sponsorship and RSVP form for more details. It is with interest and support of alumni and friends like you that Ag One, the Jordan College and Fresno State are able to expand the learning opportunities for the next generation.


RSVP and Sponsorship

Additional Sexual Harassment Prevention Webinars

California law requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide not only two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to supervisors, but also a 1-hour training to all nonsupervisory employees. The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, in partnership with AgSafe, are continuing to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinars for its members.


To register for Webinars, please visit:



Important Changes for Paraquat

Label Changes

As new paraquat labels begin to hit the market, the Association wanted to provide information in regards to the mandated label changes affecting all users of the product including additional training and certification. The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring that by November 14, 2019 manufacturers of paraquat must change labeling of the product to include the new warning boxes in both English and Spanish as well as a revised restricted use statement and the requirement of users needing to have paraquat-specific training in addition to state-required certification to apply restricted use materials. Containers will also be required to include several supplemental warnings including stickers and “counter cards” reiterating the toxicity information in English and Spanish.

Training Requirements

The training requirements that will be shared are required for any individual using paraquat product with the new label information. Product with the old label does not need to be relabeled and is not subject to these additional training requirements, however it is encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible. The definition of “use” includes pre-application activities such as mixing and loading as well as applying, transporting or storing opened containers, cleaning equipment, and disposing excess product, spray mix, equipment wash waters, empty pesticide containers and other paraquat-containing material. Two certifications will be required to use paraquat products – (1) a certified pesticide applicator’s license/permit from your state and (2) paraquat-specific training certificate in your name obtained online (link below). Non-certified applicators will no longer be allowed to use products even if under the supervision of certified applicators. Below are the different options of becoming a certified applicator based on your operation and situation

  • If you are using or supervising the use of a pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on property, owned, leased or rented by yourself or your employer then you will be required to obtain a Private Applicator Certification. These are offered in English and Spanish through your County Agricultural Commissioner’s office.



  • All individuals, whether falling into the PAC or QAL/QAC requirement, must undergo paraquat-specific training. This training is available at As of right now, the training is only available in English however, Spanish materials are currently in development

There will be additional changes for packaging requiring product to be sold in closed-system packaging however that will not go into effect until fall of 2020.

All of this information and more is available in the handout linked below, if you have additional questions please contact Jodi Devaurs at or at (559) 455-9272.

Paraquat Q&A

Cotton Industry Mourns the Passing of Wally Shropshire

George Wallace “Wally” Shropshire passed away on September 28, 2019 in El Centro, California.

Wally was born June 23, 1926 in Deerfield, Illinois to George and Mamie Shropshire. Mamie died in October 1927 so Wally and his brother Ernie were raised by their father.  He married the love of his life, Maynor, in May 1948 and then moved to Blythe, California in 1952 where they settled and raised their family.  After moving a few times while Wally was a toddler, the family settled in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His school years included a one-room school house in Organ, N.M. and high school in Las Cruces, N.M., Santa Fe, N.M. and Pecos, TX. Wally was always a hard worker so through his school years he worked a milk truck route, a paper route, a gas station, general store, as a cowboy while living on a ranch, and driver for Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. Following high school Wally joined the Navy in May 1944, serving on the USS Magoffin APA 199 in the amphibious division seeing action in Okinawa. He was discharged in 1946 and worked as a carpenter until he decided to join the merchant marine in 1947. During that time he worked on a Standard Oil tanker and then at the Standard Oil Refinery in New Orleans.  Wally was active in the cotton industry most of his life. He started working at the Dona Ana cotton gin in Las Cruces before moving to Blythe to work at Blanco Gin. He continued as cotton gin manager for Sturges Gin until it changed ownership. For a few years he worked at Zimmerman Insurance and then the position of manager opened at Ripley Ginning Corp. and Triangle Ginning Co. He retired as gin manager at Ripley in 1993 when it closed. Wally had farmed on the side while working as gin manager and when he retired from the gin, he went to work at Hull Farms in his semi-retirement. As Wally put it “he didn’t want to sit down”.  Wally was always active in the community. He was a charter member of VFW chapter in Las Cruces and continued to be active in the Blythe VFW as a life member. He is also a life member of the Blythe Jaycees. That led to participation in the fairs and he was later president of the Colorado River Country Fair board. In addition, he served on the National Date Festival Board, the Blythe Chamber of Commerce, the PVTV board, and was a ginner delegate to the National Cotton Council for 25-plus years. He served on the Riverside County Board of Directors, the Palo Verde Soil Conservation District, Progressive Farmers, the Desert Cotton Growers Association, the California Cotton Pest Control board, and the National Pink Bollworm committee. He cherished the years he worked with the 4-H and the FFA and the livestock departments at the fairs. In honor of 47 years of service, the livestock department was named the Shropshire Pavilion. Wally also joined the Blythe Masonic Lodge in 1983 and filled each of the offices including 2 terms as Worshipful Master and 17 years as Secretary.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Maynor; his brother Ernie Shropshire; and his great-grandson Collin Watson.  Wally is survived by his daughter Fredna Watson (Jim); son Bo Shropshire (Aleta); grandchildren Marissa Watson (Michael Schmidt), Vincent Watson (Morgan), Jack Shropshire (Diana), Kara Shropshire; great-grandchildren Jocelyn Watson, Lauren Watson, Loralai Colin, Lucy Watson, Gavin Shropshire, Grant Shropshire, Kinley Tripp, and Ellie Zimmerman; nieces and nephews Penny Sensney, Bruce Shropshire, Jamie Carr, Claudia Walgren, Patty Lively, and D’Nece Morgan.  He will be greatly missed by all.

Services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on October 11, 2019 at Frye Chapel, 633 N. 7th Street, Blythe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the FFA and 4-H club of your choice.


Funeral Service

Friday, October 11, 2019
10:00 AM

Frye Chapel & Mortuary of Blythe
633 N 7th St.
Blythe, California 92225