While some growers in Central California’s Merced County are none-too-thrilled with a proposal to export water to an adjacent county, others see the deal as vital to keep their permanent crops alive in a year where surface water is unavailable due to state and federal decisions.
Permanent crop grower Jim Jasper, owner of Stewart and Jasper in Newman, Calif., says the need for water is paramount. He has trees to keep alive this year.
“This would be extremely helpful for the farmers in our area to get this water,” Jasper said.
Merced County Farm Bureau would like to welcome director David Barroso to the spotlight. David is an Animal Science graduate of Fresno State University who currently works alongside his brother and parents at their family dairy in southern Merced County. The Barroso family dairy has been in business since the 1970’s and is still going strong.
Barbara Matheron showed sheep and horses at the Merced County Fair when she was just a young girl in 4-H and that’s where her lifelong love of fairs began. Matheron of Hilmar, grew up at the fair, then watched with pride as her sons, Ryan and Aaron, went through 4-H and FFA showing their animals at the fair. She served on the Merced County Fair 35th District Agricultural Association’s Board from 1993 to 2001 and was reappointed to the board in 2005, serving until 2013. Matheron was inspired to apply for a seat on the Merced Fair board because her father, A.V.
Maria Azevedo and Gina Leonardo head up the CWA booth at the Teacher Appreciation event on May 9th.
The Teacher Appreciation Wine and Cheese event held on Friday, May 9th at the Merced Fruit Barn turned out to be a great success! The night was created to link Merced County teachers, local ag related businesses, and organizations together by providing teachers with multiple contacts and resources to incorporate in their curriculum.
Merced Food Bank accepts $10,000 donation from American AgCredit. From left to right, Mark Seivert - Merced County Food Bank Board Chairman, Stephen Moitozo - American AgCredit Vice President/Branch Manager, Bernadette Mello - Merced County Food Bank Executive Director, Audrey Lopes-Dermond - American AgCredit Marketing Specialist, and Greg Olzack - Merced County Food Bank Board Member
On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Stephen Moitozo, Vice President/Branch Manager of American AgCredit, announced the donation of $10,000 to the Merced County Food Bank in conjunction with CoBank.