Fresno, Calif., (June 7, 2017) – Four members of the Borba family, longtime leaders in Central Valley agriculture, will be honored at the Ag One Community Salute on Friday, July 14, at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall.
The event’s 18th edition is the first to honor a family and will spotlight third-generation member Tina Borba and her sons, Ross, Jr. and Mark, as well as Mark’s wife Peggy Brown-Borba.
Tina served as a partner and bookkeeper in the early operations of Borba Farms. Ross Jr. provides legal and accounting advice while Mark and Peggy oversee operations and provide guidance to the fifth generation, their son Derek and his wife Jennifer, who operate the farming and custom farm management operation.
The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately-held international agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is the naming sponsor for the event that starts with a social at 6 p.m.
Community Medical Centers, which operates four local hospitals and several other health care facilities, is the sponsor for the dinner that starts at 7 p.m.
“The Borba name is a recognized leader in the agricultural industry throughout California and beyond,” said Peter Niboli, J.R. Simplot California retail director. “The family shares a continued passion for progressive and sustainable farming practices, optimized water rights usage and analysis and education outreach. It is a privilege to salute the Borba family, and we look forward to many more years of working together to meet the needs of a growing world population.”
Proceeds will benefit the Ag One Ross Borba, Sr. Family Endowment established in 1990, which supports deserving Fresno State students pursuing Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology degrees.
Borba Farms, Inc. was established in 1976, yet the operation’s Central Valley roots date back to the early 1900s. A.J. Borba, an immigrant from the Azores, started the family’s first farm near Hardwick with 40 cows and 120 acres while becoming an advocate for area agriculture. Subsequent generations oversaw a move to Riverdale in the 1940s as it evolved into a Westside row crop leader and expanded to 23,000 acres.