August 16, 2018
NAAA eNewsletter

Seattle Aircraft Theft is Urgent Reminder to Secure Your Aircraft and Facilities

No one ever thinks it’s going to happen to them. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has employee screening procedures that goes above and beyond the minimum legal baseline requirements. And yet, the recent theft and subsequent fatal crash of a Horizon Air Q400 by a suicidal employee is an urgent reminder that bizarre and unthinkable events can happen to anyone in the aviation industry.


Had this occurred with an ag aircraft, the industry would be faced with a public relations disaster, likely an indefinite shut down, similar to post 9-11 ground stops, at a time when our businesses and our customers need us most.


There are several steps pilots and operators can take to ensure all aircraft and facilities are secure. NAAA strongly urges operators to install a hidden ignition switch. This switch can remain unknown to all but the most essential personnel. After 9/11, NAAA was able to work with the FAA to allow hidden ignition switches installed in ag planes without having to undergo the cumbersome FAA Form 337 process.


More security tips, which can be found in the NAAA Professional Operating Guidelines, are listed below:

  • Consider the use of propeller locks or locked aircraft tie downs.
  • Park or disable heavy equipment in front and behind the aircraft to prevent it from being moved.
  • When aircraft are not being used for a long period of time, remove the batteries or other components that would prevent the engine from operating.
  • Consider video and other effective security systems with ample lighting to maintain adequate visibility for monitoring aircraft, storage facilities or aircraft hangars.
  • Be aware of individuals who have no reason to be at or near your location, or who seem to be inexplicably monitoring your operation.
  • Establish relationships and ongoing contacts with local law enforcement, neighbors, other airport users and other area aerial application operators, thus providing an informal overlapping security awareness network.
  • Report suspicious activity to the General Aviation Security Hotline at (866) 427-3287, also known as [866 GA Secure].

Earlier this year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officially withdrew a proposed rule that would have imposed new, onerous and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation aircraft weighing over 12,500 pounds. Known as the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), the proposal was introduced in October 2008. Certain airports serving these operators would have been required to adopt a security program, potentially causing inflexibility for ag operators at these airports as well.


It is entirely possible a general aviation incident could revive interest in this unwieldly rule. As a result of the Seattle theft, House Homeland Security transportation subpanel Chairman John Katko (R-N.Y.) is pushing for a bill that would increase employee screening for gaining access to secure areas in commercial airports, despite many in the industry saying the Katko bill would not have changed the outcome of what happened this weekend

Senator Boozman (R-AR) Takes First Ride in Ag Aircraft Thanks to Arkansas Ag Pilots, Receives Briefing on Top Ag Issues as Farm Bill Conference is Debated

During a statewide agricultural tour throughout Arkansas, Sen. John Boozman stopped at former Arkansas Agricultural Aviation Association (AAAA) president Tommy Anderson’s operation in Sherrill, Ark., to take his first ride in an ag aircraft. The senator was joined by U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Christopher Giancarlo.


Sen. Boozman, Chairman Giancarlo and other staff members took their first rides in ag aircraft to better appreciate the skill and precision needed to make aerial applications. The aircraft were piloted by Tommy Anderson of Tommy’s Flying Service and Michael Hutchins of Custom Air Inc.

Sen. Boozman flying with Michael Hutchins of Custom Air, Inc.

During the visit, several members of the AAAA board were on hand, including President Doug Gibson, David Strohl, Cole Hartley, Brenda Watts and Mark Hartz. AAAA members, joined by Andrew Moore and Frank Taylor with NAAA, took the opportunity to explain to Sen. Boozman and Chairman Giancarlo the issues affecting aerial applicators and the best way to address them in the 2018 Farm Bill. The two main topics were eliminating the need for the costly and redundant National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permits (PGP) for products already registered under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and clarifying that the only regulators of crop protection products are states and the federal government, as a way of preventing local towns and counties from banning lawfully registered products.

Sen. Boozman and Chairman Giancarlo discuss ag issues with members of the AAAA.

Other stops on Sen. Boozman’s statewide tour included the Don Tyson Center for Agriculture Sciences in Fayetteville, an Angus cattle ranch in Lavaca, a peach orchard in Lamar, and the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.

Tommy Anderson of Tommy's Flying Service speaks with Sen. Boozman and Chairman Giancarlo.

Monsanto Vows Appeal After Jury Finds Glyphosate Responsible for Cancer Diagnosis

Last week, a California jury found that Monsanto products containing the herbicide glyphosate are responsible for a former groundskeeper's diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The verdict caused shares of German-based Bayer, which recently acquired Monsanto, to fall 11 percent. Monsanto said it will appeal the decision.


Monsanto was ordered to pay more than $289 million in damages to DeWayne Johnson, a groundskeeper who was diagnosed in 2014 with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after years of using Roundup and other Monsanto products containing glyphosate.


"We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family. Today's decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews—and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world—support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson's cancer," Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, said in a statement.


“We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective, and safe tool for farmers and others,” the statement continued.


Bayer declined to comment directly on the decision, but a spokesperson for the company said “the jury's verdict is at odds with science."


There are several other glyphosate related lawsuits pending as well as a federal class action lawsuit. Johnson’s case was the first to be considered by a jury.


In June of this year, a California judge affirmed an injunction preventing California regulators from requiring warning labels stating glyphosate is a carcinogen. The judge found research the attorney general provided from the International Agency for Research on Cancer did not provide enough proof that glyphosate causes cancer. "The overwhelming majority of agencies that have examined glyphosate have determined it is not a cancer risk," the judge wrote.


California has wanted to put misleading labels on glyphosate since the World Health Organization declared glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic.” However, an investigation by Reuters later found key information that supported the conclusion the pesticide does not cause cancer in animals had been omitted from the report.


In 2016, the EPA affirmed glyphosate does not cause cancer, and in 2017 a long-term study by the National Cancer Institute following 50,000 people over 20 years also showed no link between glyphosate and cancer.

Eastern Idaho Ag Operation Wins Big By Entering an Ag Aviation Themed Float in Local Parade

When it comes to working in rural areas, it’s important to establish and strengthen relationships between communities and the businesses that support them. That’s exactly what Desert Air Ag did when owner/operator Leif Isaacson entered a float into the Mud Lake Parade in Terreton, Idaho, last week. 


The parade kicks off the Mud Lake Fair and Rodeo each year and businesses can enter parade floats free of charge. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to enter, but it’s always right in the middle of our busy season and we don’t have the time,” said Isaacson. “This year, because of the timing on the alfalfa and grain, we were keeping up with our work and were able to pull something together.”


The crew knew they wanted to put Desert Air Chief Pilot Marty Owen’s classic VW bug into the parade and since the company is in the business of spraying bugs, the idea to have a plane spraying the bug seemed like a natural progression. “The ideas just flowed from there with everyone contributing something,” Isaacson explained. “It ended up being a fun project and a great team builder for our crew.”


The plane was made from insulation foam board and painted. The bug’s legs were held on by magnets and the wings were made from paneling and moved by a series of pullies. Two people sat in the back seat, one operating the bug’s wings while the other one rotated the plane. The final touch was adding a sign on the back that said, “No bug is to big for Desert Air.”


“People living in the area see us all the time, but the rodeo brings hundreds of out-of-towners to the small community, so it was really good PR for our company and the industry.”


Isaacson spent several hundred dollars in supplies plus employee participation, but the payoff was bigger than expected with a happy crew, smiling spectators and winning the Grand Prize ribbon.


Desert Air’s video of the float in action garnered over 6,000 views and had 72 shares on Facebook. Take a look for yourself and see what all the excitement is about.


Court Orders EPA to Revoke all Chlorpyrifos Tolerances and Registrations; EPA Reviewing Next Steps

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit last week ruled in a 2-1 decision that the EPA must revoke all food tolerances and cancel all registrations for the pesticide chlorpyrifos within 60 days. This ruling stems from the Trump administration’s decision to deny a longstanding petition from environmental activists. The administration cited a lack of data on potential adverse health effects. 


A statement from Corteva Agriscience, a manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, said “Chlorpyrifos is a critical pest management tool used by growers around the world to manage a large number of pests, and regulatory bodies in 79 countries have looked at the science, carefully evaluated the product and its significant benefits and continued to approve its use. We note that this was a split decision of the panel and we agree with the dissenting judge’s opinion. We expect that all appellate options to challenge the majority’s decision will be considered. We will continue to support the growers who need this important product.” 


The statement also said all uses and tolerance remain intact until the EPA makes a final decision, and the EPA “has options to challenge this decision.” 


The ruling is expected to have a wide-ranging impact on the agriculture industry. Chlorpyrifos is used in more than 50 fruit, nut, cereal and vegetable crops including apples, almonds, oranges and broccoli, with more than 640,000 acres treated in California alone in 2016. 


The original petition was filed in 2007 by the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council. As a result, the Obama administration’s EPA proposed to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos. NAAA met with EPA to discuss its proposed decision on the chlorpyrifos ban and submitted comments to keep chlorpyrifos on the market for aerial application. NAAA communicated to EPA that our industry mitigates drift now better than ever. Additionally, NAAA explained to the EPA that the agency had misinterpreted the Food Quality Protection Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by trying to establish a standard of “absolute certainty that no harm will result” from a pesticide instead of a standard of “reasonable certainty that no harm will result.”


NAAA also stressed concern that EPA justified revoking tolerances for chlorpyrifos in part by relying on a secret study from Columbia University where important data points were not made available to EPA or anyone else for review.


Regarding the court’s recent ruling, an EPA spokesman said, “EPA is reviewing the decision. The Columbia Center’s data underlying the Court’s assumptions remains inaccessible and has hindered the Agency’s ongoing process to fully evaluate the pesticide using the best available, transparent science.”

2018 Ag Aviation Expo Pre & Post-Convention Destination Options

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 NAAA Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, Dec. 3–6 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Our Atlantis hotel room block is already 75 percent full; thank you for booking your hotel room. Now, register for the Ag Aviation Expo online or print and mail a registration form.


If you have additional time before or after the Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, there are many vacation destination options for you to consider.

  • Lake Tahoe’s world class skiing is not far from Reno and Tahoe is not just for skiers. Enjoy snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling and dog sledding. 22 miles from the Reno airport is Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe with its 9,700-foot elevation ski slopes and eleven miles further is Diamond Peak. Also, around the Reno area are Squaw Valley, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Heavenly (including a 500-foot long tubing hill), Northstar, Royal Gorge and many other ski options. Learn more at
  • Sacramento is two hours from Reno and offers museums, wineries and family activities. Learn more at
  • Interested in visiting California wine country? Napa Valley and Sonoma are only three hours from Reno. Learn more at and 
  • San Francisco is three and half hours from Reno and offers great restaurants, fisherman’s wharf, cable cars, the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz. Learn more at


We are continually updating the schedule of events for this year’s Ag Aviation Expo and we are excited to announce several of the exciting events below that are scheduled for this December:

  • Kickoff Breakfast speaker Greg Peterson of the Peterson Farm Brothers is a Social Media Ag Promoter and will kick off NAAA’s agvocacy-filled programming by addressing how to positively communicate agriculture to the public through social media and other avenues. Sponsored by BASF.
  • Articulating Aerial Application for All General Session: Strengthen your ability to effectively communicate the benefits of aerial application with the help of a team of expert advisers at NAAA’s General Session. If you’ve ever had to advocate for aerial application in your local community, on social media, during an interview or in a courtroom, you know the importance of being able to represent our industry in a positive light. NAAA’s team of expert advisers will lead this illuminating General Session. Sponsored by AIG.
  • NAAA Trade Show: Featuring 10 aircraft and an expected 150+ exhibitors
  • Live and Silent Auction raising money for NAAA and NAAREF. Live Auction reception sponsored by Syngenta.
  • Learn and earn possible CEUs at Monday’s Aerial Application Research Technology Session and more than a dozen education sessions throughout the week (additional details will be posted as they become available). CEU information will be available this fall.
  • Excellence in Ag Aviation Banquet honoring individuals and companies in the aerial application industry who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Award Nominations due by Sept.7.
  • King Pins Fundraiser for NAAREF/PAASS is a fundraiser for the ag aviation industry’s premier educational safety program. This fundraising bowling event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the National Bowling Stadium. Registration is required and the donation is $100 per person. Five people per lane. Transportation from the Atlantis to the National Bowling Stadium will be offered and your donation includes shoe rental at the bowling alley. Food and beverages are not included; a bar and concessions will be available for purchase at the bowling alley.
  • Potential Exhibitors: If you’re an allied company interested in exhibiting, you can purchase booth space here or you can contact Lindsay Barber at (202) 546-5722 for further details.

Additional details for the 2018 NAAA Ag Aviation Expo

  • Dates: Dec. 3-6, 2018
  • Location: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center
  • Schedule of Events: Current schedule here. Subject to change.
  • Hotel: Hotel Details Below
  • Auction Donations: Thank you to Pratt & Whitney Canada for their donation of a PT6-34AG Engine to this year’s NAAA Live Auction. While we’re still several months away from the Ag Aviation Expo, but it’s never too early to donate an item for the Live and Silent Auction. The earlier you inform us of your auction donation, the more advertising you’ll receive on the NAAA website and in NAAA publications. Support the aerial application industry by donating an item today. Email Lindsay with your donation details.
  • Attendee Registration: Now Open 
  • Exhibitor Booth Sales: Now Open
  • Sponsorship Opportunities: View the sponsorship opportunities. Please email Lindsay if you would like to secure a sponsorship from last year or to discuss 2018 opportunities! We offer sponsorships for all budget sizes.

Book Your Hotel Room

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a world-class, Four Diamond resort destination. A splendid oasis created for relaxation, celebration and rejuvenation, the Atlantis has always been a favorite resort destination for travelers near and far, recognized for luxurious accommodations, a world-class revitalizing spa and salon, award-winning dining and fun casino action. This is not the same Reno from the early 2000s; the city is rapidly changing, and it has become ground zero for a new technology boom that has helped spawn amazing restaurants, microbreweries, bars, shopping and nightclubs. Having a new vibrancy all its own, Reno is a cool and unique place to visit.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

  • Rate: $109/night + taxes (NAAA has negotiated to waive the resort fee. Included in your room rate is complimentary in room Wi-Fi or wired internet, self-parking, use of fitness center, use of indoor pool, extended check out time of 12 p.m. and complimentary airport shuttle service)
  • Reservations: Book Online Here or call (800) 723-6500 and reference the NAAA Convention (SNAA18).  Online reservations require a deposit of one night’s room charge + taxes. Call-in reservations will not be charged a deposit but require a credit card to hold reservation.
  • Block Deadline: Monday, Nov. 12
  • Hotel Address: 3800 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 
  • Shuttle: Atlantis provides a free airport shuttle that runs at 15 and 45 minutes after the hour from 5:15 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. leaving the airport. The shuttle leaves the hotel on the hour and 30 minutes after the hour from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

NAAA Calls on Members to Show Grassroots Support for Regulatory Relief in 2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill is slowly but surely making its way across the finish line. The House and Senate have each passed a farm bill, and a conference committee has been established to resolve the differences between the two bills. While the House bill includes a robust regulatory relief package, the Senate version does not.


NAAA and the agriculture industry have been working to fix these regulatory issues for over a decade. This might be the last opportunity for several years to finally obtain regulatory relief.


This is why NAAA is calling on its members to reach out to their senators and tell them why regulatory relief needs to be included in the 2018 Farm Bill.


The regulatory relief issues on the line include the removal of the duplicative requirement to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for crop protection products already covered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In addition to being costly and burdensome for small businesses, the NPDES PGP can subject applicators to unfounded litigation. It is also unnecessary because pesticides are already tested and regulated under FIFRA for water safety, with strict instructions indicated on the EPA-approved product label to protect water.


Additionally, there is a provision in the House bill that would only allow state and federal agencies to establish pesticide regulations, not local counties and towns.


Specifically, the senators named to the conference committee are: Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), as well as Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11) and Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-7). If any of these legislators represent you, please email Frank Taylor for a letter detailing the importance of these provisions that you can send to your legislator. You can add your company letterhead and customize the letter in any other way you think would be impactful.


If your senator or representative is not listed above, you can still email Frank to participate in this grassroots campaign to enlist their support of regulatory reform. They still may be an influencing conferee or could influence another Farm Bill conferee.


This is a fantastic opportunity to relieve the agriculture industry of duplicative, costly and burdensome regulations. We cannot afford let the moment pass without action. Make your voice heard and contact your senators today!

NAAA Unveils an Updated Members-Only Resource: Check Out Fresh, New Look of ‘Aerial Application 101’ Presentation and Learn Why it Pays to Renew Your Membership

NAAA is pleased to announce the release of an updated “Aerial Application 101” PowerPoint presentation. The presentation was first unveiled and presented by NAAA’s Executive Director, Andrew Moore, at an AirVenture 2018 forum. Aimed at everyday consumers, the updated presentation uses captivating visuals to illustrate how aerial application is a vital component to crop production.

NAAA had three main objectives for the new presentation: 1) to explain the benefits of aerial application and provide an industry overview in clear, concise language, 2) to emphasize the professionalism of ag pilots and the sophistication of ag aircraft, and 3) to address issues affecting the industry and NAAA’s role in supporting the industry. The presentation tackles questions about how aerial applicators feed, clothe and fuel the world as well as questions about pesticide use, organic versus conventionally grown food, and what challenges the industry faces.

The “Aerial Application 101” presentation refers readers to NAAA’s website to learn more about the important contributions aerial applicators make to society. Visit to download the presentation.


“Aerial Application 101” is free to NAAA members and a terrific presentation to show at field days, classroom presentations and more! NAAA strives to provide members with ample materials to disseminate valuable information, including magazines, eNewsletters, DVDs, videos, media relations resources and educational resources. For more information on the resources available to members, please visit

In addition to providing members valuable marketing resources, NAAA membership is an investment in the ability of aerial applicators nationwide to make their collective voice heard by those who set policy that affects your occupation on a daily basis. NAAA’s efforts save you real money by keeping the costs of doing business under control and by eliminating unnecessary restrictions that affect the industry. The number of members who belong to NAAA directly impacts the level of influence the agricultural aviation industry has in Washington, D.C. Every member makes a difference and we encourage you to renew your membership today.
You can renew your membership at by logging into your account in the upper right-hand corner. Once you’ve logged in, click Membership Renewal on the left-hand toolbar (as seen in the graphic below).



Please contact NAAA at (202) 546-5722 or if you have any questions or issues downloading the “Aerial Application 101” presentation.

Four $5,000 ‘Ag Wings of Tomorrow’ Scholarships Up for Grabs! Deadline Aug. 31!

How does $5,000 sound to help someone pursue their dream of becoming a professional ag pilot? Thanks to the generous support of BASF and Thrush Aircraft, $20,000 in aid is available under the 2018 NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship Program to assist four aspiring ag pilots in their journey.


The goal of NAAA’s “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship Program is to strengthen the aerial application industry by helping operator members bring new pilots into the profession and help fund their training. Applicants must be sponsored by an NAAA Operator member, and scholarship recipients may use the proceeds for flight training or aviation or ag-related coursework at a university, college, community college or other institution of higher learning. A stipend for a trainee in an NAAA Operator-sponsored apprentice program is also permissible.


The scholarship program is administered by NAAA and funded by educational grants provided by BASF and Thrush. This year, NAAA will award up to four scholarships valued at $5,000 each. This is a win-win for NAAA Operator members and individuals seeking training funds to support their pursuit of becoming a professional ag pilot.

How to Apply

To be considered for the 2018 scholarship, every applicant must submit:

  • A letter of recommendation from the NAAA Operator member sponsoring the applicant.
  • An essay of 250 words or less explaining why you want to pursue a career in agricultural aviation and how you would use NAAA’s “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship to further your education and training.
  • A one-page résumé or list of activities detailing all agricultural and aviation experiences, education and training.

The deadline to apply for a 2018 “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship is Aug. 31.


NAAA will award the recipients of the 2018 “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarships in December at the Ag Aviation Expo in Reno, Nev. Last year NAAA awarded scholarships to five young individuals who represent the future of ag aviation: Jonathan Aslesen of Buffalo, Minn. ($5,000); Cade Sallee of Fowler, Colo. ($5,000); Kyle Tate of Walsh, Colo. ($5,000); Justin Welling of Clark, S.D. ($5,000), and Colton Tidwell of Lonoke, Ark. ($2,500).


To learn more about the 2018 NAAA “Ag Wings of Tomorrow” Scholarship, review the application instructions at Please call NAAA at (202) 546-5722 for clarification about any of the application requirements.

Submit Your Aerial Application Photos and Videos to Mark the Industry’s 100th Anniversary!

The 100th anniversary of aerial application is around the corner, and we’re looking for your participation! Do you have great photos, videos or memories of aerial application that you’d like to share? For almost a century, aerial application has played an important part of the aviation and agriculture industries. Now, NAAA invites you to share your favorite memories and photos for a chance to be featured in our 100th anniversary celebration materials, which will debut in 2021.


In 1921, in an experiment in Ohio, an airplane was used to spread lead arsenate dust over catalpa trees to kill sphinx moth larvae. Under the direction of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Lt. John A. Macready, a U.S. Army pilot, made the first aerial application with a modified Curtiss JN-6 “Super Jenny.” The government then utilized aerial application in the Southern states. In 1922, Curtiss biplanes were used to dust cotton fields near Tallulah, La., to control boll weevils. In 1923, Huff-Daland Dusters Inc.—the forerunner of Delta Airlines—did the first commercial dusting of crops with its own specially built aircraft. Today, approximately 2,700 professional aerial application operators and pilots operate in the United States, and aerial application accounts for up to one-fifth of the delivery of crop protection products in American agriculture.


Readers may submit entries by emailing Select photos may be featured in video, print, online and social media to celebrate this 100-year milestone. Aerial application has been the livelihood of readers like you and their predecessors for almost a century and our industry has made a positive impact in your life, so we want to hear your stories. Photos, stories and cherished memories are encouraged.

Submission Guidelines

To submit photos, email the following information to We request that ALL submissions be sent electronically via email. Please DO NOT send links to websites. Only submissions with the required information will be considered. 

  1. Complete contact information (name, address, telephone/cell numbers, email address)
  2. Submit photos using the preferred format if possible:
    1. Image Resolution: 300 DPI (dots per inch)
    2. Preferred Image Size: 1080 x 720
    3. Preferred File Format: JPEG
    4. Photo Information: Each photo should include a complete descriptive caption that coincides with the photo’s filename (e.g., SprayingCorn1978).
  3. Brief caption/description of the image. Photos must be accompanied by a caption with information such as the year or approximate year the photo was taken, who or what is in the photo, where the photo was taken, what’s happening in the photo and photo credit. Example: John Doe defoliating cotton in Levelland, Texas, in 1978. Photo taken by Jane Doe.
  4. Submit stories and memories using email, a Microsoft Word document or PDF.

After your submission is sent: Please be patient; we will be collecting this information over the next two years. Please also note that some submissions may not be featured, but we will do our best to honor submitted memories.


If you do not wish to have your submission added to our image database to be used in other NAAA marketing materials such as brochures, social media posts or on the NAAA website, please specify that when you submit your photo. NAAA does not compensate for photos.

NAAA and NAAREF Board Meetings Oct. 5-6

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs, Calif., for our October NAAA and NAAREF committee and board meetings. Most meetings take place Oct. 5–6 with a couple of meetings beginning on Oct. 4. PAASS Train the Trainer will take place Oct. 3–4. All meetings are open to NAAA members.

You can view a tentative schedule here. Please email Lindsay Barber if you will plan to attend the meetings.


Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Local phone (760) 322-6000

Rate: $169/night plus tax (comped WiFi in guest rooms)


Reservations: Book online at or call: (800) 682-1238 (identify NAAA board meeting for the reduced room rate)


Room Block Closes:  Sept. 20, 2018. Room rates will be higher after block closes.