In this month’s edition of Central Valley Ag News we are honoring the Madera District Chamber of Commerce Senior Farmer Ray Pool. While best known for his expertise as a pilot and crop duster, he loves the land and continues to farm to this day.
Also read about the next generation of farmers and the all-girl Liberty High School FFA Farm Power Team. The five young ladies will begin Farm Power competitions this weekend after weeks of learning the ins and outs of engines and machinery. The girls will compete in the male-dominated FFA event by driving through cones.
A 40-year manufacturing veteran, Fred Guerrero, has invented the Attollo lift, a mechanism to lift pressurized gas cylinders.
Read about the third generation family business, JH Sanders Sales and Leasing, that has found a home in Madera with a nationwide client base.
We are also featuring the story of Realtor-Broker Steve Sagouspe. The son of past Senior Farmer Ed Sagouspe, he loves flying and owns his office complex, complete with airplane hangar, at the Madera Airport. Steve represents buyers and sellers of farmland throughout the state.
The staff of United Valley-Taylor Insurance works to fill the void of its namesake owner, the late Kenny Taylor. Learn how crop and business insurance helps local growers through the hard times and provides them with funding to continue to grow the food that feeds the world.
In Chowchilla, Mario Daccarett tends the sheep whose milk is made into artesian-style cheese from Golden Valley Farm. He and his wife and sons make cheese using Old World European methods and their own secret recipes.