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Ag Journalism Awards Announced June 3, 2020

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June 3, 2020

Fresno County Farm Bureau’s

26th Annual Journalism Awards’ Recipients Announced

Fresno County Farm Bureau has announced this year’s winners of the 26th annual Journalism Awards. This year’s awards were to be held at FCFB’s annual event in late April but were delayed due to COVID-19.

The criteria for the awards were: thorough and objective coverage of issues, given time and space limitations; educational element for the agriculture industry or the consumer; and portraying the personal stories of those who make up the food and agriculture industry, making issues relevant to consumers and Valley residents.

Serving as judges were agricultural journalist and past journalism awards winner Vicky Boyd; former Fresno Irrigation District General Manager Gary Serrato; and FCFB Board member Alfreda Sebasto.

Award winners receive the coveted FCFB tractor trophy, which has been generously donated by Kuckenbecker Tractor Company.

The 2020 award winners are:


Kerry Klein, Valley Public Radio, “‘It Would Mean Total Annihilation’ – Some Farmers Sell Off Fields Ahead Of Groundwater Law,” December 6, 2019

Klein discussed the various impacts SGMA has on farmers, land values and water.

Farm Trade Print

Brian German, AgNet West, “Cherries Not the Only Crop to Experience Storm Damage,” May 24, 2019

German speaks with Hudson Farms’ owner Liz Hudson about various crop damages due to a recent storm.

General Print

Maria Ortiz-Briones, Vida en el Valle, “Agricultores latinos crecen en el estado,” November 13, 2019

Ortiz-Briones spoke with a Latino farmer from Porterville about his family’s operation and the farm practices they have implemented.


Justin Sacher, CBS 47 Eyewitness News, “Pistachios, a process of ingenuity,” September 22, 2019

Sacher spoke with a local farmer who started growing pistachios in 1983. With pistachios being a newer crop, the engineered processing methods and ideas were borrowed from other industries.

Brandon Johansen, ABC 30, “How almonds get harvested in the Central Valley,” August 27, 2019

Johansen discussed how almonds are harvested with the use of a mechanical tree shaker.


Fresno County Farm Bureau is the county’s largest agricultural advocacy and educational organization, representing members on water, labor, air quality, land use, and major agricultural related issues. Fresno County produces more than 300 commercial crops annually, totaling $7.888 billion in gross production value in 2018. For Fresno County agricultural information, visit