Steve Beckley, president of the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA), has resigned effective next February.

“The time has come for me to explore new opportunities and avenues in my professional life,” said Beckley. “I am committed to working with the WPHA board of directors to ensure that the transition to new management is smooth and the organization will continue to be a leading advocate for the plant health industry.”

Beckley has lead WPHA since its inception five years ago after leading the California Fertilizer Association (CFA) for 15 years before its merger with the Western Crop Protection Association (WCPA) to form WPHA. His previous association management experience includes positions at the California Tomato Growers Association, the California Wheat Growers Association, the National Pork Producers Council and the California Beet Growers.

“WPHA would not be the quality association it is today without the benefit of Steve's hard work and guidance,” said Walt Johnson, chairman of the WPHA board of directors. “On behalf of the WPHA board of directors and membership, we thank Steve for his continued service during this time of transition and support him in his exploration of new endeavors.”

Following the announcement, WPHA directors elected Jay Yost of Independent Agribusiness Professionals (IAP) to lead the executive search committee.

The Western Plant Health Association represents the fertilizer and crop protection manufacturers, distributors, formulators and retailers in California, Arizona and Hawaii. WPHA members market commercial fertilizers, soil amendments, agricultural minerals and crop protection products. More than 90 percent of all fertilizer and crop protection companies are represented by WPHA.