Outstanding members and lifetime achievement honored Bryan Stuart of Carmichael, Calif., John Ivancovich of Hollister, Calif., and the late Harvey Lyman of Walnut Grove, Calif., were honored by the Western Crop Protection Association recently for their contributions to Western agriculture.
Stuart and Ivancovich were named the association's outstanding members for the year, and Lyman was award the association's highest honor, WCPA lifetime achievement. The awards were presented at the association's recent annual convention.
Stuart is western region government affairs manager for Dow Agrosciences. He formerly headed Dow's Telone soil fumigant management team, playing a key role in the successful re-introduction of Telone into California.
Stuart has chaired WCPA's government affairs committee and is now co-chaired of its water quality committee.
"Without the efforts of people like Bryan and the many others who serve on WCPA committees, many products that your customers depend upon would not be in the market today," said Steve Forsberg, WCPA president at the association's annual meeting. "For the past six years, Bryan has been as responsible as anyone in our association for our many successes in defeating onerous legislation, lowering the pesticide mil tax, shaping water policy and providing leadership in developing sound regulatory solutions to complex and politically charged pesticide issues."
Ivancovich is assistant to the president for corporate planning and development at Trical where he has been since 1989. Prior to joining Trical he was assistant superintendent of business services for the Hollister school district. He has also served as a Hollister city councilman and its mayor.
Ivancovich has served WCPA on its government affairs and regulatory affairs committees and is an active participant in the association's Legislative Action Program (LAP.)
"Over the past five years, John has been one of the most active member of LAP and deserves a lot of the credit for WCPA's legislative successes in reshaping and sometimes outright stopping anti-pesticide legislation," said Forsberg.
"Whenever WCPA puts forth a `call to arms' to our members, John is always the first to call and ask what he can do," added Forsberg.
Lyman began selling fertilizer and crop protection products in the mid 1950s. He founded the Harvey Lyman Co. of Walnut Grove 45 years ago.
"To many, he epitomized the post-war pioneer spirit that our industry was built upon," said Forsberg. "Harvey was considered tough minded but fair."
Lyman died Aug. 20 following a lengthy illness. He was 83. The award was accepted by his son, Les Lyman.