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December E-News

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Borba farms Ag One and the J.R. Simplot Company are delighted to announce that the Borba Family will be recognized as the 2017 Ag One Community Salute honorees! Mark your calendar for Friday, July 14, 2017 to celebrate Tina Borba, Ross Borba, Jr., Mark and Peggy Borba. They are champions of agriculture and of our communities.  We hope you will join us in celebrating their many achievements! 

SimplotMany thanks to Simplot who has partnered with Ag One to sponsor the 2017 Ag One Community Salute honoring the Borba Family on July 14, 2017. You will receive complete sponsorship and ticket information in early 2017, but if you would like to make your sponsorship commitment in 2016, the sponsorship levels are outlined on our website. Contact Ag One for more information.

Common threadsFour women have been selected as the 2017 honorees for the 21st Annual Common Threads Award, which recognizes women from the San Joaquin Valley for their agricultural, philanthropic and community service. The Common Threads Award recipients are Mary Mello, Hanford; Betty Morehead, Pixley; Bonnie Schultz, Riverdale; Ann Stone, Lemoore. The honorees will be recognized at the 21st annual Common Threads Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the International Agri Center Heritage Complex in Tulare. 

Vernon ConradOn December 10, Ag One and the Jordan College lost a dear friend and longtime supporter, Vernon Conrad. Vernon was a dedicated valley agri-businessman and retired member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. He was recognized as the 1996 Ag One Community Salute honoree, which established the Ag One – Vernon Conrad Scholarship Endowment fund. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 10 a.m., at Dinuba First Baptist Church, 600 E. Nebraska Ave., Dinuba. The family requests that remembrances be made to his endowment fund; contact the Ag One office for more information, 559-278-4266

Kern County meetingNearly 200 alumni and friends gathered for the Showcase of Opportunities at this year’s Kern County Alumni and Friends Luncheon at Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc. in Delano on Thursday, December 1. The audience included ag industry professionals from throughout Kern County as well as current high school and community college students which provided a great networking opportunity during the social hour. Fresno State Ag Ambassadors engaged with prospective students and following the luncheon Sunview Vineyards hosted a tour of their Styrofoam plant and bottling line. Proceeds from this event benefit the Carl and Barbara Fanucchi Scholarship Endowment which supports Jordan College students from Kern County.

Kristi RobinsonAg One Board Member Kristi Robinson was recognized on December 1 at the “40 Under 40” Class of 2016 reception, presented by Business Street Online. The “40 Under 40” reception recognizes outstanding business professionals in the private and public sectors of central California who have yet to reach the age of 40. They have demonstrated a strong work ethic, and are the leaders of today as well as tomorrow. Congratulations Kristi!


Bill SmittcampJoin us in congratulating Ag One and Jordan College supporter Bill Smittcamp, who was selected as the winner of the 2017 Leon S. Peters Award by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.  The annual award recognizes an individual for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the community. Smittcamp, who is a Fresno State alumnus, serves on the Fresno State Board of Governors as well as the President’s Commission on the Future of Agriculture. More


Rodger JensenOn December 2, Rodger Jensen and his son Doug visited the Jensen Library at the Smittcamp Alumni House to meet the recipients of their scholarship. Rodger and his wife Margaret have a fondness for education and how it has impacted their lives and careers. Pictured (L-R): Alcidia Gomes, Senior Director of Development and Ag One Executive Director; Rigoberto Guzman, scholar; Estefania Trujillo, scholar; Dr. Kathie Reid-Bevington, Jordan College Associate Dean; Brooke Woods, scholar; Rodger Jensen; Alex Sytsma, scholar; Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Fresno State President; Doug Jensen; Pierce Hanning, scholar; Dr. John Bushoven, Plant Science faculty; Dr. Sandra Witte, Jordan College Dean; Melissa Jacoby, scholar; Dr. Srinivasa Konduru, Ag Business faculty; Shannon Fast, Associate Director of Development.

Meyers JudgingThe Meyers Livestock Judging team and class received a special visit from Marvin Meyers on December 1. Meyers, who the team is named after, was a leading force in revitalizing the Livestock Judging program at Fresno State after budget cuts put the team at risk. Pictured with Meyers are Livestock Judging students: (L-R, top row) Patrick McDonald, Kiley Gravatt, Ariana Koster, Ashley Tarango, Sam Whitworth, Amanda Long; (bottom row) Cameron Rocha, Madison Zittel, Lindsey Vieira.

Andrew CummingsOn December 12, Andrew Cummings with T.G. Schmeiser Co., Inc. met with Tommy Burnett, the Agricultural Business student who received this year’s Penn Cummings/T.G. Schmeiser scholarship. The Penn Cummings/T.G. Schmeiser scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or grad student with leadership and/or community involvement, majoring in Ag Business, Animal Science, Ag Education, Enology, Food Science and Nutrition, Industrial Technology or Plant Science.

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Important Dates

March 22, 2017 – Common Threads Awards Luncheon, Tulare

May 1, 2017 – 45th Annual Turf Day Golf Classic, Belmont Country Club

July 14, 2017 – Community Salute honoring the Borba Family, Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Halls


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