Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Madera Chamber of Commerce will honor John Yakligian as its 2016 Senior Farmer of the Year. Yakligian was nominated and selected by previous recipients of the prestigious award.
The Madera Chamber of Commerce will host the Senior Farmer Dinner to honor Yakligian on April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Madera Municipal Golf Course.
John Yakligian moved to Madera in 1955 and has farmed for over 62 years. He currently farms almonds, raisins and chickens. Over the years he as harvested multiple crops including cotton, small grains, different vegetable feed crops and beans.
Yakligian served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska. While continuing to farm, he also worked as a volunteer for 35 years with the Far East Broadcasting Company, an international radio network.
In 1986 Yakligian became CEO of Far East Broadcasting. During this time, he traveled to 44 countries where radio stations were built to broadcast Christian programs in 141 languages.
John Yakligian is a 42-year member of Madera Rotary Club and was president of the Madera County Farm Bureau, which he has been a member of for over 60 years. He also has been active on committees for the California State Farm Bureau, volunteered with the Madera Community Hospital Board for 15 years serving as president for 11 of those years, was one of five founders of Grace Community Church, and has served for 42 years on the Board of Directors for Hume Lake Christian Camps.