The Sacramento County Farm Bureau is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of protecting and promoting local agricultural interests. The bureau was honored at the 2017 California Agricultural Heritage Club Ceremony held at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento.
SCFB is one of only a handful of county farm bureaus that has been honored with the prestigious award, which is only given after one full century of maintaining fiscal responsibility in California. The award serves as recognition of the work several generations of farming families have contributed to Sacramento County agriculture. The California State Fair is the sanctioned body that maintains the historical records and facilitates the recognition process.
The award was accepted by three long-time SCFB members who represent the diversity of growers in the area. Ken Oneto, who grows cherries, walnuts, grapes, tomatoes and wheat, Tim Neuharth, a certified organic pear and cherry grower and Jim Vietheer, who raises Angus seed stock and cattle.
Sacramento County is the 25th largest agriculture producing county in the state. The county’s total agricultural production is close $500 million. The top five crops in the county wine grapes, poultry, grain corn, milk and Bartlett pears.
The SCFB and their members look forward to another 100 years of service to the community, finding solutions to farm problems, helping ensure the future success of agricultural production and being responsible stewards of California’s resources.