CA (September 25, 2019) – The Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Moss
Adams are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year
and the Ag Business of the Year.
The 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year is
awarded to an individual who exemplifies leadership and integrity in the
Central Valley’s agricultural business community: Mark Borba.
Borba is a fourth-generation farmer who grows almonds, tomatoes, garlic,
melons, lettuce, wheat and cotton. He co-owns Borba Farms, with his brother, Ross, which
is a family owned and operated farm established in 1976, with Central Valley
roots dating back to the early 1900’s. Borba has dedicated himself to the
service and advocacy of Fresno County farmers and ranchers. He has spent much
of his personal time educating members of the
community and elected officials about agriculture and water issues. Mark
has dedicated countless hours to various organizations throughout our community
and has been honored multiple times for his work. Borba previously served as
Chairman of the Board at Community Medical Centers, Fresno, Chairman of the
California Cotton Growers Association and served on the board of the Maddy
“Each year we are honored to
recognize an outstanding leader in our area with the Agriculturalist of the
Year Award,” said Nathan Ahle, President and CEO of the Fresno Chamber of
Commerce, “Mark Borba is an amazing addition to the list of past winners, with
over four decades of farming in the Valley and his tireless efforts in helping
the ag community and making Fresno County a better place to live.”
2019 Ag Business Award is awarded to an organization which
exemplifies a leading for-profit ag organization whose achievements and impact
have significantly contributed to the ag industry and the Central Valley: Bowles Farming Company.
Farming Company was founded in 1965 by brothers George and Henry Bowles, and
their sister, Amy Bowles Lawrence. It’s now owned by members of the Bowles and
Lawrence families, giving them six generations of sustainable agriculture and
family farming. Sustainability is part of everything they do; they understand
the importance of responsible farming practices. The 11,000 acre farm,
headquartered in Los Banos, harvests almonds, tomatoes (both processing and
fresh market), cotton, and much more in the California Central Valley. Bowles
Farming Company proudly produces the world’s only verified pima cotton,
Pimacott. Cannon Michael is the President and CEO of Bowles Farming Company.
Cannon is an advocate for California agriculture and intelligent water policy.
Environmental stewardship, ethical treatment of workers and sustainable
production are all extremely important to Cannon and the Bowles Farming Company
Adams is thrilled to honor Bowles Farming Company as our Ag Business Award
recipient. They exemplify a leading for-profit ag organization whose
sustainability, achievements, and impact have significantly contributed to the
ag industry and our community,” said Moss Adams Senior Marketing Specialist Amy
The Fresno Chamber’s Agriculture Awards Luncheon will take place Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Fresno Convention Center – New Exhibit Hall.
The long-standing celebratory event features
the Agriculturalist of the Year Award, presented annually by the Fresno Chamber
of Commerce; the Ag Business Award, presented annually by Moss Adams; and a
State of Agriculture Address by the Fresno County Farm Bureau.
Tickets for the Agriculturalist Awards are available on
the Chamber website at www.FresnoChamber.com, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresno Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest business organizations in the
Central Valley, with approximately 1,200 member businesses representing over
77,000 employees. The Chamber’s mission is to “promote and support the success
of the regional business community through effective advocacy, education and