published on May 4, 2018 - 10:18 AM
Written by David Castellon

The Fresno County Farm Bureau has announced the winners of its 24th Annual Journalism Awards.

Those winners were chosen from 33 entries submitted by Valley print publications, as well as radio and television stations. The awards were presented during the bureau’s “Bounty of Fresno County” event at Wolf Lakes Park north of Sanger.

The criteria for selecting the winners were: awareness of agriculture’s importance in the Valley; use of visuals to tell the story, where applicable; thorough and objective coverage of the issues, given time and space limitations; portraying the “human side” of the industry; and making the issues relevant to consumers and/or producers.  

Award winners were:


Dominic McAndrew, News Talk 580AM KMJ, “Signing the application for state funding of Temperance Flat Dam”, Aug.14, 2017.

McAndrew covers the ceremonial signing of the application for state funding of the Temperance Flat Dam Project.

Farm Trade Print

Laurie Green,, Series:“Who safeguards California farmworkers’ rights?”, May 1, 2017.

Greene discusses recent developments that illustrate the increasingly complex quagmire that masquerades as protecting California farm employees’ rights.

General Print

Maria G. Ortiz-Briones, Vida en el Vale, “Farmers, immigration rights advocates push back after ICE checks in the Central Valley”, Feb. 12, 2018.

Ortiz-Briones shares how recent federal immigration checks on local packinghouses have shaken the agricultural industry.


Alex Backus, CBS47, “Fear in the Fields,” May 19, 2017.

Backus explores the labor shortages occurring throughout California.

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