Congratulations to the 2017 Assemblyman Jim Patterson Ag Science Student Recognition Award Honorees
L-R: Dr. Kathie Reid-Bevington, Associate Dean, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Amninder Singh (Plant Science), Stefani Dias (Ag Business), May Yang (Plant Science), Megan O'Connell (absent, Caitlin (sister)), Assemblyman Jim Patterson, and Mr. Larry Salinas (Executive Director, Government Relations - President's Office)
Congratulations to Carol Chandler who received the President's Medal of Distinction from Dr. Castro at yesterday's Ag Booster BBQ at Borba Ranch. It was established in 1993 and is presented to citizens of the region, state or nation whose contribution in the area of professional achievements or public service represents a contribution of great significance to the University.
CVCWA members and friends participated in a successful Paint Night fundraiser coordinated by Kiah Tiftick. It was amazing how everyone's flowers were so beautiful and different colors - a very fun evening!
Outstanding Student Leader
Congratulations to Julie Pedraza (4th from left) for being selected as Outstanding Student Leader at Fresno State.
Received Ag Proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for Ag Day on March 15.
December 1 meeting
At our December meeting, Sergeant Ryan Hushaw from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Ag Task‐Force & Operational I.T. gave a powerpoint presentation on the Owner Applied Number Program. This program assigns unique alpha‐numeric IDs to identify property and return it to its rightful owner. Several of the 4‐H Clubs in Fresno County have volunteered to assist with this project. Sergeant Hushaw can be contacted at (559) 600‐8160 or email: for any individuals interested in assisting them.
Central District Meeting
Laura Brown, Central District Director, hosted a district-wide workshop for the incoming officers at the Tulare Farm Bureau Office in Visalia to help them prepare for the upcoming year. Carol Chandler, Monique Bienvenue and Bianca Ramirez also gave informative presentations to help inspire the new leaders. It was very informative and also gave everyone an opportunity to network with others in the district and exchange and share ideas.
Christmas Holiday Luncheon
Kiah Tiftick coordinated a very festive Holiday Luncheon at Max's Bistro on December 11 that was well attended by members and friends. Fresno Co. Board of Supervisor Debbie Poochigian was the guest speaker. The new 2016 officer team of Stefani Dias (Pres.); Kiah Tiftick (1st VP); Katrina Steinhauer (2nd VP), Nicole Schafer (Sec.); and Paige Gilligan (Treas.) were installed by Carol Chandler. Katie Asai, Mallory Harrison and Kelsie Raulino were recognized as the 2015 CVCWA Scholarship recipients. Jane Bedrosian thanked and presented the past officers with a token of appreciation for their service. Everyone received chocolate covered raisins from National Raisin Company and a decorative jar of hot cocoa mix made by Kiah to enjoy during the holiday.
Valley Children's Gift Drive
Kiah Tiftick did a fantastic job of coordinating a successful gift drive and received monetary donations, blankets, and toys and delivered them to Valley Children's Hospital. What a wonderful way to brighten the children's spirits for the holidays!
Community outreach at Grizzly Game
Several other members volunteered to set up an educational display for younger children to educate them about water conservation, seeds, plants and insects at the Fresno Grizzly Game on August 22. Gar Tootelian, Inc. provided tickets to volunteers to encourage attendance for the water rally.
Ice Cream Zoofari at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo
We recently volunteered at Ice Cream Zoofari at the Chaffee Zoo on August 8.The ice cream was donated by Producers Dairy and everyone enjoyed tasting many different flavors of ice cream while visiting with the animals.Children and adults had a great evening!
CVCWA Treasurer, Lauren Layne, an attorney with Baker Manock & Jensen PC, was recognized as a 2015 Northern California Rising Star. Great job Lauren - we're proud of you!
April 27 Chapter Meeting
Satomi Hiyama gave an ikebana floral demonstration and Geoff Thurner spoke about how to effectively share our agricultural stories.
State Finals & FFA Field Day - Fresno State
Several members assisted with the FFA Field Day contests as group leaders, judges, graders, and tabulators at Fresno State on April 16.
2015 23rd District Agriculture
Students of the Year
Back L-R: Dr. Sandra Witte, Interim Dean Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Assemblyman Jim Patterson and Dr. Joseph Castro, President Fresno State. Front L-R: Rama Paudel (graduate), Julie Pedraza and Mala To (undergraduates-CVCWA members). These three students were recognized for their contributions to the agricultural industry on April 14, 2015.
Congratulations to Karen Morais, 2015 Common Threads Award Recipient
Karen Morais is a Certified Public Accountant and partner with Baker Peterson and Franklin and was honored at the Common Threads Award Luncheon on March 26 at Fresno State for her philanthropic efforts in the community and the world. Thank you Karen for all your hard work and dedication to CVCWA!
Fresno Co. 4-H Judging Day - March 7
CVCWA members assisted with tabulations for the Fresno County 4-H Judging Day at Fresno State on March 7 for Livestock and Horse Judging.
Ag Proclamation - City Council, March 5
L-R: Les Wright, Interim Fresno Co. Ag Commissioner; Marlene Miyasaki, CVCWA; Dr. Kathie Reid-Bevington, Assoc. Dean, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology; Courtney Sorensen, Fresno County Farm Bureau; and Oliver Baines, Fresno City Council President. We updated the Council about our activities and received a Proclamation for Ag Week.
Fresno County 4-H Presentation Day
Several members helped give a presentation on Entomology and also created a display for the 4-Hers to view while they were awaiting results from their presentations.
January 26 Meeting
Melissa Cregan, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/
Sealer, presented an educational slideshow discussing her Exotic Pest Detection and Exclusion Division. Members were treated to a demonstration from Luna, a rescue Labrador who has been trained to detect fruit and vegetables in boxes coming into the state. Luna was able to detect such scents as bell pepper, apple, and mango. This was a very educational demonstration to show the behind the scenes efforts to protect our agricultural crop industry.
Lizette Carranza, Junior League member, gave an interesting presentation about creating an Edible Youth Garden at the Discovery Center for students to learn about growing their own food, building responsibilities as well as developing healthy eating habits. The Junior League is looking for volunteers to help prepare the land to make it safer for children. They are also looking for gardening tool donations such as shovels, gloves, trowels, cement, and other necessary gardening supplies to help them develop their educational garden. If members are interested in volunteering or donating items, please email for more information. On February 21st they will be hosting a community cleanup day from 9 am-3 pm to prepare the plot of land for the garden. All interested members are welcome to join and help them with their project.
USDA/NRSC Promote Agriculture at Hmong New Year's Celebration
Various CVCWA members took the time to promote agriculture at the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Booth at Fresno's Hmong New Years Celebration held at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Sam Vang from the NRCS also had various types of soil displayed and explained the differences in the textures. Thousands of people were in attendance and many were dressed in their traditional beautiful attire.
Annual Holiday Luncheon
Assemblyman Jim Patterson and Senator Tom Berryhill were guest speakers and also assisted with the scholarship recognitions at our annual Holiday Luncheon at Joy Luck Cusine Restaurant. The cookies donated by the CWA members were also delivered to the California Veteran's Home to enjoy for the holidays.
CWA Members Earn Honors
Several CWA members participated as part of the Fresno State Plant Science Club team at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of American and Soil Science Society of American International Conference held in Long Beach in November.
Armando Guzman, Vice President, gave a presentation on behalf of the Club highlighting their activities for the past year and the helped them earn the coveted 1st place Presidents' Speech Trophy as the best Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES) Club in the US. Congratulations to Armando and the whole team, especially Mala To, Club President, Katie Asai, Historian, Rebecca Pinkard and Pahoua Yang, for being active in the Club and CVCWA!
CWA Members Meet with
Labor Activist Silvia Lopez
Members of three CWA chapters were fortunate to be able to hear about the employees’ campaign at Gerawan Farms to count the votes in the union election. Silvia Lopez is leading the effort to allow workers at Gerawan Farms to be able to choose whether or not they want to be represented by the United Farm Workers.
Twenty years ago, the UFW won the contract at Gerawan Farms. In the intervening years, the workers did not hear from the UFW. Now the union wants to collect 3% of the wages of workers who did not have the opportunity vote for the UFW to represent them. Another vote was taken, but the counsel of the Ag Labor Relations Board is holding the ballots until union complaints are answered.
Silvia’s grassroots campaign is reminiscent of the efforts of the founding members of CWA who organized to fight the grape boycott in 1975. ~ Carol Chandler
FOR BEING INDUCTED INTO THE 2014
BIG FRESNO FAIR HALL OF FAME!
Mala To led a workshop for CWA members and 4-Hers on how to properly transplant houseplants and succulents.
Photo courtesy of Beatriz Rodriguez
Beatriz Rodriguez and Brittany Hitchcock were awarded the prestigious Outstanding Alpha Zeta Chronicler and Censor Awards, respectively, at the 2014 National Agricultural Leadership Conference held March 27-29 in Ames, Iowa, hosted by the Wilson Chapter. With the theme of "Growing to Serve," the conference brought together students from chapters across the U.S. and great educational workshops, speakers and agricultural tours.
Ag One Community Salute
March 14 - Congratulations to John P. "Phil" Larson, a lifelong farmer, dedicated community leader and Fresno State alumnus, who was honored at the Ag One Community Salute.
The Holiday Luncheon was held at the Downtown Club on Friday, December 13, at noon. Carol Chandler installed the newly elected officers. Karen Musson with Gar Tootelian, Inc. (recently recognized as Ag Business of the Year), was one of the keynote speakers and shared her knowledge about getting involved in agriculture because of her own passion of being involved in the family business. She is also a familiar voice on KMJ radio. Karri Hammerstrom (past State CWA President) also encouraged everyone to become an advocate for agriculture and become involved with staying abreast of current issues. Both speakers were very inspirational and great role models. Lauren Layne did an excellent job of cooridnating the event. The food was delicious and members also contributed cookies which were donated to the newly opened Veteran's Home.