California Women for Agriculture (CWA)  members are comprised of active farm, ranch and nursery operators and partners, agricultural trade association, and commodity group leaders.  CWA fills the much-needed role of an informed and actively involved group of volunteers supporting agriculture.


We invite you to visit one of our meetings or attend an event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join.


Our chapter covers Fresno and Madera counties in the Central Valley region of California.


CWA's basic role is to help its members develop the knowledge and skills necessary to convey the mutual benefits of a vibrant agricultural economy and healthy rural communities to those who are in positions to impact the future of agriculture in California.


2021 CVCWA Officer Team

Nanette Simonian.            Allie Oliveira-Jones

       President                        Vice-President

 Dr. Susan Pheasant           Paige Gilligan, CAC

          Secretary                         Treasurer

2021-22 Scholarship Forms

Are Now Available

Each year, the Central Valley chapter awards scholarships to local students,

both women and men, who are pursuing college degrees in agriculture.  The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 academic year will be accepted by

email only to Jane Bedrosian at jsbedrosian@nationalraisin.com by March 10, 2021.

View last year's scholarship recipients

2020 State President

Rose Tryon, State CWA President

State CWA website:  http://cawomen4ag.com




Talk Farming to Me 

T-Shirts  - $20 





Meeting dates for 2021

6:00 pm

All meetings at this time will be

via Zoom, until further notice 

March 1, 2021

April 5, 2021

May 3, 2021

June 7, 2021

*July 6, 2021

August 2, 2021

*September 7, 2021

October 4, 2021

November 1, 2021

December Holiday Banquet

*Date has been moved to Tuesday

due to Monday being a holiday

Zoom Meeting info will be sent to paid members.  

There is still time to join! Membership Form.


MARCH 12-13, 2021 VIRTUAL


"Lettuce Come Together and Sea What's Cooking"

Friday, March 12, 5:30 pm $15

Get your ingredients ready from the prep list 9sent separately) or just watch and learn! The recipe will focus on Imperial Valley grown beef and produce.  Sign up to receive the ingredient and prep list.

Saturday, March 13, 8:30 am $10

Join us for a brief introduction from Ryan Kelley, Imperial Co. Supervisor followed by guests Barbara LeVake, State Legislative Director, with an update on legislative issues and Patrick O'Dowed, GM and Exec. Director of the Salton Sea Authority, with the latest info.

Square link to register: 




Dr. Carol Chandler - Fresno State Honorary Doctorate

Chandler Farms - 2020 Ag Business Award

Bill and Carol Chandler - Agriculturalists of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Chandler who was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Fresno State for her leadership in agriculture and business, and her inspired volunteerism and philanthropy.  Learn more about the award she received at: 

http://www.fresnostatenews.com/2020/12/18/fresno-state-awards-honorary-doctorates-to-three-difference-makers-in-the-community/ (photo courtesy of Fresno State)

Congratulations to Chandler Farms, which was honored by Moss Adams for the 2020 Ag Business Award for achievement and impact to the ag industry in the Central Valley on Dec. 3 on KSEE 24 at 7 pm during a program entitled "Fresno County Today and Tomorrow." Business Journal  https://thebusinessjournal.com/fresno-chamber-to-honor-ag-award-winners-on-television-next-month/

Bill and Carol Chandler were also selected earlier by the California State Fair Board of Directors as its Agriculturalists of the Year. Learn more about the award and their many contributions at: https://bit.ly/FS20-JC-carol-chandler-award (photo courtesy of Tomas Ovalle)

Central Valley Chapter CWA

P.O. Box 26655

Fresno, CA 93729


State CWA



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