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FPV Board Member Helps Secure Bush for Farm Show

When Families Protecting the Valley Board Member Mark Watte gave a helicopter tour of Valley ag

Nov 18, 2011

 

Families Protecting The Valley Newsletter
VOLUME 3 ISSUE 81

NOVEMBER 18 2011

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Board of Directors

Denis Prosperi
Chester Andrew
Bob Smittcamp
Russ Waymire
John "Dusty" Giacone
Joe Marchini
Mark Watte
Kole Upton
Piedad Ayala
Tom Barcellos
Jim Walls

 
FPV Board Member Helps Secure Bush for Farm Show

When Families Protecting the Valley Board Member Mark Watte gave a helicopter tour of Valley ag to retired Army Col. Jill Chambers he had no idea it would lead to formation of the group Ag Warriors, inspired by the Wall Street Warriors TV reality show.  That was the key link that got former President George W. Bush to agree to be the keynote speaker at this year's Farm Show(story below).  Congratulations to all involved for putting this together. 




How farm show landed Bush


Lewis Griswold


Former President George W. Bush will speak in Tulare at the 2012 farm show. There's a backstory.


During farm show week this year, farmer Mark Watte was recruited by Jerry Sinift, chief executive of the International Agri-Center, to give a helicopter tour of Valley farm country to retired Army Col. Jill Chambers, a veterans advocate, and country singer Michael Peterson.
"Jerry Sinift asked me to tell them what we do," Watte said.


That was a piece of cake for Watte, who gladly answers questions about agriculture. During the flyover, he showed 'em the Valley's bounty: dairy, oranges, row crops, pistachios, etc.


"There's not a grocery aisle anywhere that doesn't have California agriculture in it," Watte told the VIPs.
 

In June, the two returned to Tulare and brainstormed with the International Agri-Center about helping veterans.


The result: Ag Warriors, inspired by the Wall Street Warriors TV reality show.


The plan is to introduce returning veterans to long-term careers in agriculture. California State University, Fresno, and College of the Sequoias are participating.


The Agri-Center staff felt that Bush would be the ideal person to help roll out Ag Warriors at the 2012 farm show. Sinift said they got a message to Texas and Bush said yes.


A gala dinner at which Bush will be the keynote speaker will be Feb. 15. Ticket info: agwarriors.com or (800) 999-9186.


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