The 1988 Senior Farmer Lionel Rogers was an award-winning farmer. He won the Best Fertilizer Maximum Yield Grower award for cotton in 1966, the Chowchilla Soil Conservation award in 1964 and the Oxychem Maximum Corn Yield Award in 1972 and 1975.
Rogers’ crops included cotton, alfalfa, wheat, almonds, silage, and grain corn, oats and vetch, potatoes, sunflowers and tomatoes. The year he was honored as Senior Farmer he had been doing the job for 50 years and worked 737 acres.
On top of his accomplishments in farming, Rogers served as president of the Madera County Farm Bureau for two years and was a member of the Chowchilla Lions Club for 31 years, Chowchilla Water District advisory committee for 16, and a Alview School trustee for two years.
He also served on the Madera County Grand Jury in 1967, was a member of the county farm bureau for 28 years and was co-chairman of the Chowchilla Spring Festival beef herd committee from 1974 to 1988. That committee was formed to provide beef for a Chowchilla Fair deep pit beef barbecue attended by 10,000 people during the fair...