Farming was in 1989 Senior Farmer Ben Coulthard’s blood. The fourth generation farmer grew up doing chores on his family farm.
During his farming career, Coulthard grew wheat, corn, alfalfa, grapes, pistachios and almonds. He also raised beef cattle, farming as many as 5,000 acres.
He sold calves to 4-H and FFA members and would always buy animals at the junior livestock auctions at local fairs.
Coulthard served as president of the Madera County Farm Bureau, on the Madera County Grand Jury and on the Mosquito Abatement board of directors. He was a member of the Madera County Historical Society, Madera Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Elks Clubs and was vice president of the Madera County Cattlemen’s Association and Republican Party’s Lincoln Club before his death...