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American Graffiti

The 18th annual American Graffiti™ Festival. The Parade will be on Friday June 10th starts at 6:30PM and will once again run from downtown to McHenry Avenue, making a U-turn at Orangeburg Avenue then proceeding back into downtown..

Water And Drought

As rain falls in California, tensions rise over who gets the water.

Clean Up Dry Creek

Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Works With Growers to Clean up Dry Creek.

Don Pedro Muesum Burned Down

Sad to hear that the old wooden building has now burned down.

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I would like to take a few moments to express to you my complete satisfaction with the Kelpak product we received from your company prior to our February 2012 re-sodding project at Citizens Bank Park. One week prior to harvest we applied Kelpak product to the field at the recommended rate, less than two days later we had white tip roots protrude through the underside of the sod pad...you cant ask for much more than that. Loyal Customer

John Monnich

Our Founder

Achievements

John R. Monnich President, Caltec Ag. Inc. President, Silkwood Wines Past President, Board Member Petite Sirah Advocacy Group Founder, Past President and Board Member CAPCA Board Member, San Joaquin Valley Wine Growers Association Board Member, Family Wine Makers .

• Farmed Rice, grain, beans, sugar beets and safflower for my family in N. California when not in high school or college in Sutter Basin/Natomas area. • UC Davis Graduate in general agriculture in 1959, wife graduated 1961 BS in Botany. • Two years active duty, 6 years US Naval Air Reserve, Honorable Discharge • Began field checking for Wilbur Ellis in 1956 while attending UCD • First PCA hired by Best Fertilizer (which became Occidental Chemical) • “Best” Salesman Award every year in California • Herbicide Specialist for Propanil rice, Treflan in cotton, Lambast in safflower, plus worked sales territory educating and recommending crop protection chemicals to customers of our distributors. • Promoted to National Ag Chem Manager for Occidental Chemical national office for 5 years. Increased sales from $8 to 36 million with 165 salesman and helped develop computer generated invoices 1969 indicating salesman commissions based on profit of each invoice. • Worked on three ag product acquisitions in Europe for OXY over five year period. • Started contract marketing and distributorship in California in 1971 • Contracted to market as my company Interlink, Kennicott’s Kocide, Ecogen’s Cutlass, Crystal Chemical’s Propanil, MacAndrews & Forbes’ Micronutrients, Kemira’s Potassium Nitrate, from Finland, Riedel deHaan/Hoescht’s Micronized sulfur from Germany, Microlux, and Allied Chemical’s Triazone urea, Coron Corp. Polymethylene urea and other smaller companies. • Negotiated exclusive distributorship from Monsanto for Roundup when initially registred in California for two years beginning in 1974. • Distributor for all major US and European fertilizer and chemical companies • State Chairman of Western Ag Chemicals Association for three years. • Organized original seven people to initiate CAPCA-California Agri Pest Control Association – Currently in its 30th year and 3500 members strong, President and Board Member for 10 years. Responsible for bringing Stan Strew on board as executive director and initiated CAPCA conferences • Recognized in 1978 as State Outstanding Pest Control Advisor by CAPCA for effort to improve credibility of crop advisors. • Developed four retail outlets: Chico, Empire, Winton, and Hollister in California with 60 employees with 3 partners in 1972-3. • Private pilot with 1200 hours in single engine aircraft. • Started Caltec Ag. in 1982 • Produced 2 year program for new protein crop for trial data with Marsha Campbell UC Extension, Modesto. • Started Caltec Research and Development in 1986 with former Dow and Dupont Research Individual. • Started offering beneficial insects such as puncture vine weevils in 1986 • Started Silkwood Wines in 1978 with two partners, (first Chardonnay served in Reagan’s White House as well as France, Mexico, and Canada) shipped for Michael Deaver, Edwin Meese, and George Bush. • Developed Wuxal foliar nutrients from Germany’s Aglukon Company for 9 years under a contract marketing agreement. • Farmed 540 acres of wine grapes for 5 years plus prunes, almonds, walnuts, and sweet corn. • Introduced Acadian seaweed from Canada for 9 years under a contract marketing agreement • Introduced Goemar seaweed from France under a contract marketing agreement for 8 years • Caltec imports Kelpak auxin concentrate natural plant hormone organic product from South Africa for 17 years and now market it nationally, Used in table and wine grapes for rachis extension and almond for pollen tube elongation. • Caltec manufactures Greenfeed, a polymethylene urea in Oregon and markets it mainly in western states, Italy and Mexico. Additional formulations are currently being developed which contain calcium and boron and other components designed for foliar application to reduce nitrates. • Caltec has 4 tech sales representatives in western states plus myself with our 200 years of ag experience • Additional products developed for Ag Markets: o Greenfeed, foliar nitrogen formulations with Calcium, Auxin PGR, K20 Acetate. o Terra Treat, designed to reduce soil compaction and moves water laterally underground. o Buxal, a foliar calcium from calcium Nitrate plus 8 other elements. o Microlife, a nematacide, organic certified product. o GreenAce, greenfeed and potassium acetate foliar o TopCop, copper sulfate and flowable sulfur fungicide o Organocide, sesame seed oil and fish oil insecticide for organic markets o Lithovit, unique calcium carbonate formulation from Germany o Bird Repellants for cherries, rice, grapes, apples and golf cources o Dust-Fix for control of dust on roads and orchards o GreenGain urease inhibitor for urea fertilizer • Caltec R&D continues to produced field trials with production ag of new product technologies in California and Northwest States. • Currently developing new technologies with drones to eventually apply pesticides as they do in Japan and China, Philippines, Vietnam using thermal bio stimulation of crops also controlling soft bodied insects, developing of new nematicides, development of marketing for root imaging device and SAP flow systems that can be monitored on cell phone or IPad.