President and Co-Owner of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc
Jan Dietrick is President and co-owner of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries, Inc. She and husband Ron Whitehurst carry forward the work of her father, pioneering insect ecologist Everett J. “Deke” Dietrick whose insights about agroecology continue to guide their work. Their team grows beneficial insects and sells a full range of predators, parasites and other low-risk pest control supplies as part of a growing biocontrol industry. Their company received the 2016 Global Regenerative Business Prize for management practices that help employees, customers, vendors and IPM practitioners develop their potential to promote healthy living systems.
Improvements in the D-Vac Vacuum Insect Net invented by Jan’s father continues to be a priority, now through a public-private partnership with students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A new model under development runs on stored solar electric energy. A goal of net zero carbon in their home and business has led Jan and Ron on a 15 year path of continuous innovation in their facilities, processes and products. As founding director of the Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology, Jan is currently exploring partnerships toward the promotion of healthy soils and carbon sequestration demonstrations in Ventura County. Jan customizes her knowledge and insights on the use of commercial beneficial insects to her customers’ unique considerations and facilitates participatory learning for integrating available options in the farm and landscape.
Jan has a Masters Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in human ecology and nutrition from the University of Texas. She has been a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Board of the Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers and former President of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists, and trainer in community development for the Ruhi Institute. She is a volunteer Health Ambassador for Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles, Group Leader for Ventura Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and coordinating team member of the Ventura County Climate Hub/Ventura350. She spent 15 months in Transkei, a former South African black homeland, doing public health nutrition and social and economic development.
A member of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and Ventura County Farm Bureau, Jan has presented at numerous farmer conferences and workshops, and written articles for agriculture publications. Her focus since 2013 has been on the need for the United States to establish climate action in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Beside the Regenerative Business Prize, Jan was recognized in 2015 as Ventura County Environmental Woman of the Year by the Sierra Club and 2014 Earth Charter Ecological Integrity awardee.
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