Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Moss Adams have announced the winners of the Agriculturalist of the Year and Ag Business of the Year for 2019.
Mark Borba, co-owner of Borba Farms, has been named the Agriculturalist of the Year for exemplifying leadership and integrity in the Central Valley’s agricultural business community, according to a news release.
Borba is a fourth-generation farmer who, along with his brother Ross, co-owns Borba Farms, grower of almonds, tomatoes, garlic, melons, lettuce, wheat and cotton.
The farm was founded in 1976, but the Borba family has farming roots in the Central Valley dating back to the early 1900s.
Borba is an advocate for Fresno County farmers and ranchers and helps educate the community about agriculture and water issues. He has previously served as chairman of the board at Community Medical Centers and the California Cotton Growers Association, and has served on the board of the Maddy Institute.
“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.”
For its exemplification as a leading for-profit agribusiness with achievements and impact touching the entire industry, the Bowles Farming Co. has been awarded the 2019 Ag Business Award.
Founded in 1965, the company is owned by members of the Bowles and Lawrence families, making a sixth-generation family business. With sustainability as a central philosophy in its operation, the 11,000-acre farm headquartered in Los Banos harvests almonds, tomatoes, cotton and much more.
Bowles Farming Co. produces the world’s only verified pima cotton, Pimacott.
“Moss 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 Pendergrass.
The Fresno Chamber’s Agriculture Awards Luncheon will be held at the Fresno Convention Center-New Exhibit Hall on Nov. 6.