Garret Nydam grew up on an almond ranch. Following high school, he initially attended Modesto Junior College, earning an AS degree in Agricultural Sciences. He then completed a BS degree in Crop Protection in 1982 at California State University at Fresno, CA. He has been a Pest Control Advisor for 30 years and currently works for Mid Valley Ag Services, Hughson, CA. Mr. Nydam advises on pest management mainly in the Modesto, CA, area. He works in several crops including almonds, nectarines, peaches, walnuts, and grapes.