SUPERVISOR PHIL LARSON TO BE HONORED FOR AG AND WATER LEADERSHIP
Fresno County Supervisor and past Fresno County Farm Bureau President Phil Larson will be honored by the Ag One Foundation at California State University, Fresno during the 2014 Community Salute, scheduled for March 14, 2014, at the Fresno Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Larson has passionately served the agricultural community in Fresno County and California at many levels. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and achieving the rank of sergeant E-4, Larson came home to the farm, where he grew cotton, hay and corn, eventually planting permanent crops.
He worked for Wilbur Ellis Company for more than 37 years as an agricultural chemical sales representative. Larson became active in the community where he served on the Fresno County Republican Central Committee, the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kerman Unified School Board and the Kerman Covenant Church Board. For more than 45 years, he was actively involved in the Kerman High School Boosters.
“I commend the Ag One Foundation for bestowing its Community Salute distinction on Phil Larson,” said Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of JCAST. “His statewide leadership on agricultural issues and expertise on water have had a lasting impact on the Central Valley.”
Proceeds from the $125-per person fundraiser will establish an endowment in Larson’s name to support deserving students in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST).
The event will begin with a social at 6 p.m. immediately followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Per-person tickets are available for $125; sponsorship levels beginning at $500 are also available.
RSVP is requested by March 7. For more information and to register, visit www.agonefoundation.org or contact the Ag One/JCAST Development Office at 559-278-4266.
Ag One Foundation benefits, promotes and supports Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and its programs. The Foundation has raised more than $16 million in endowed funds and awarded some 3,250 students with more than $2.3 million in scholarships and grants. For the 2013-2014 academic year, Ag One will provide nearly $500,000 to deserving students and programs.