Tulare Calendar Highlights Growing Good Things

Calendar Art Winner Recognized on National Ag Day

By Tulare County Farm Bureau

Winners of the 2018 Calendar Art Contest hosted by Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB) with sponsorship from the Tulare County Office of Education were honored with a special presentation during a Board of Supervisors meeting on National Ag Day, Tuesday, March 20.  

Over 800 Tulare County students from 39 schools submitted entries for TCFB’s annual art contest by the February 15 deadline.  The goal of the contest is to promote awareness about agriculture in Tulare County and the importance of an abundant and healthy food supply. 

The students were asked to submit original artwork depicting this year’s theme, “Tulare County Agriculture…Growing Good Things.”  All entries were judged by a panel of representatives from the TCFB’s Education Committee.  Winning artwork was chosen based on the agricultural content, originality, neatness and reproducibility.  

Front Cover Winner by Joshua Talingo Garcia

Overall winner Joshua Talingo Garcia, an 11th grader from Orosi High School, is no stranger to the contest. He was the 2017 November winner and the 2016 back cover winner. This year, his artwork is featured on the cover of the calendar and he received a $50 cash award. Additional student artists, listed below, received a $25 prize and their artwork is featured inside the calendar as monthly winners.

Back Cover Winner by Branson Campbell

Each year, the 12-month calendar (April through March) is printed and distributed to schools throughout the county and is available to the public at no cost. For a copy of the 2018-2019 TCFB Agricultural Art Calendar, please contact the Tulare County Farm Bureau at 732-8301. The culmination of TCFB’s art contest is one way the organization celebrates National Ag Day.


Cover Winner – Joshua Talingo Garcia, 11th Grade, Orosi High School
January – Michelle Park, 6th Grade, Hurley Elementary School
February – Fernando Garcia, 12th Grade, Orosi High School
March – Ashley Carrion, 6th Grade, Tipton Elementary School
April – Christian Carlos, 11th Grade, Orosi High School
May – Mia Machado, 3rd Grade, Sequoia Union Elementary School
June – Julie Castillo, 8th Grade, Alpine Vista School
July – Adyson Hensley, 5th Grade, Rockford Elementary School
August – Hannah Shackelford, 6th Grade, Golden Oak Elementary School
September – Mylee Primm, 8th Grade, La Joya Middle School
October – Phoenix Datig, 2nd Grade, Three Rivers Elementary School
November – Anthony Tamayo, 11th Grade, Orosi High School
December – Eveny Leon, 2nd Grade, G.L. Snowden Elementary School
Back Cover – Branson Campbell, 8th Grade, La Joya Middle School

FSA Celebrates American Agriculture Producers on National Ag Day

USDA California Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Val Dolcini, encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers and ranchers in California on March 25, National Ag Day.

This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”

USDA is proud to stand behind the producers who rise before dawn 365 days a year in order to put food on the table for 7 billion people.

“We recognize the importance of agriculture and hope that the recent passage of a new Farm Bill is a sign that 2014 will be a ‘banner year for the industry,” said Val Dolcini. There is no better way to show our support for farmers and ranchers than to begin implementing a new Farm Bill – legislation that will provide farmers, ranchers and consumers alike supportive results.”

While the American economy is rebounding and gaining strength, the agricultural economy has remained strong and at its best.

Looking ahead, the U.S. has seen a trend towards aging farmers; however, according to the recent Census of Agriculture, the nation is beginning to reverse that trend. There is an increase in the number of farmers under the age of 35.

And although the agriculture industry promises a bright future, many farmers and ranchers are still recovering from natural disasters that occurred this year, including the continuing drought.

Fortunately, these producers were still able to grow the commodities that Americans rely on in order to remain a food-secure nation.

Please join FSA in celebrating America’s farmers and ranchers – a selfless group of individuals who make up less than two percent of the world’s population. They feed our country and make our nation secure. And, they supply quality foods to the rest of the world’s seven billion people.

None of the contributions of U.S. farmers and ranchers should be taken for granted, because no one can live without agriculture.

Ag Day is a project of the Agriculture Council of America. For further Ag Day information and events visit www.agday.org. For information on programs administered by FSA, please contact your local FSA office or visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov.