When Madera Irrigation District made its first delivery of crop water in 1945, 1993's Senior Farmer Franklin Secara was its lone ditchtender.
Excerpts of news published in The Madera Tribune newspaper.
Farming was in 1989 Senior Farmer Ben Coulthard’s blood. The fourth generation farmer grew up doing chores on his family farm.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1912, 1995 Senior Farmer Norman Dill moved to California with his family in 1919.
The 2002 Senior Farmer Oliver Espinola moved from Caruthers with wife Virgie and their five young children to begin a dairy operation in Chowchilla.
The 2000 Senior Farmer Elvin Davis bought six heifers from his former agriculture teacher with the intent to sell before it came time to milk them.
Madera County, with more than $1.3 billion in agricultural sales, was among recordsetting California counties last year as Central California ag revenues burgeoned.
Proposed park to be named after local hero