Hanford, Calif. — Kings County Farm Bureau is celebrating 100 years of advocating for the agriculture industry, a milestone which will be commemorated at their Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration on Friday, Oct. 19. The evening will provide the opportunity to mark a century’s worth of accomplishments while honoring those in the community that support their efforts.
Part of the Annual Meeting tradition is for Kings County Farm Bureau’s board president to honor an individual or group that has gone above and beyond in their service to the local ag industry. President Monty Hoggard selected Pete Hanse for this year’s President’s Award, citing his tireless devotion to the organization. Hanse has served on Kings County Farm Bureau’s board of directors for 50 years–half of the organization’s existence–and has held every position on the board, including a term as president from 1986-88. Known as a trusted source for the board of directors and Kings County agriculture community, Hanse offers the perspective of a lifelong local farmer and community advocate.
“Pete offers a forward-thinking approach to decisions affecting Farm Bureau while offering a unique historical perspective. That experience, coupled with his unmatched dedication, made Pete the clear choice for this year’s award,” Hoggard said. “We are privileged to celebrate Pete’s 50 years of dedication and Kings County Farm Bureau’s century of service to the ag industry at this year’s Annual Meeting.”
During a time in which the agriculture industry faces numerous challenges, the Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration will be devoted to celebrating Kings County Farm Bureau’s extraordinary achievement of maintaining relevance and fighting for its members’ right to farm for the past 100 years.
“As the only agriculture advocacy organization in Kings County, we are aware of the huge responsibility we undertake in order to protect, preserve and enhance the industry–not just for farmers and ranchers, but for an entire local economy that depends on agriculture,” said Kings County Farm Bureau’s Executive Director Dusty Ference. “This unwavering commitment is what has driven our community service activities for the past century, and is what motivates us to continue our mission as we begin our next 100 years of service to Kings County’s agriculturalists.”
The Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration will be held at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore on Friday, Oct. 19. It will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 and dinner at 7. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at the Kings County Farm Bureau office, 870 Greenfield Ave. in Hanford, or online at kcfb.org.