Tom Prentice, Founder / Chairman

Tom Prentice founded Crop Care Associates, Inc. in 1970, to provide overall management of technical services to what is now over 100,000 agricultural acres growing 30 different crops throughout the world. In addition to his involvement in California's thriving agricultural diversity, he also has managed technical services on client projects in Oregon, Arizona, Hawaii, Mexico, Chile and India. Tom's focus at Crop Care Assoicates, Inc. has been on table, wine and raisin grapes; peaches; plums; nectarines and apricots. Tom is a licensed Pest Control Advisor and has also worked extensively in cotton, tomatoes, melons, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, prunes, citrus, pomegranates and apples.

Prior to starting the company, Tom gained experience working for the Niagara Chemical Division of FMC Corporation, and for Valley Nitrogen Producers, Inc. He honed his skills as an agronomist and in the field of pest management throughout the western United States, while he managed his family-owned vineyards in Madera and Fresno counties. He continued overseeing the family vineyards until the last one was sold in 1982.

Tom is a veteran guest speaker and panel member at agricultural symposiums ranging from wine grape vineyard development and management, to commercial agricultural ventures for lending institutions, to university-level presentations on pest management, irrigation, fertilization, and land suitability. Tom's many professional affiliations, along with his regular participation in agricultural technical courses in the United States, New Zealand and Australia, contribute to his authority and expertise.

Tom is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree.