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Chamber recognizes Ag industry leaders, students

The Ceres Chamber of Commerce recently honored local agriculture industry leaders and graduating high school seniors during the 35th Annual Agribusiness Luncheon at Diamond Bar Arena. 

Wayne Zipser was honored at the "Ag Man of the Year." Born and raised in Ceres, Zipser graduated from Ceres High School in 1972. While at Ceres High School, he was elected as the treasurer of the California State FFA organization. He served the California delegation members and was also awarded the highest honor in FFA – the American Farmer Degree in 1974. He later attended Modesto Junior College and Fresno State. He has served the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau in Modesto for over 35 years as a director, officer, president and executive director, the latter of which he is retiring from later this year. He has managed all operations of SCFB and also is an integral part of the management of the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition.

Lori Marchy was named "Ag Woman of the Year." She has spent nearly three decades as an instructor or counselor in ag education, first at Turlock High School and now at Modesto Junior College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education.

She considers her most personal achievement has been passing the passion of 4-H, FFA and the agriculture industry down to her three sons. This passion extends beyond her own children as she encourages her students and young adults to become active in the field of agriculture. Today, she enjoys helping 4-H and FFA members with their animals and working at our local fair to ensure the livestock shows continue and members receive a premium for their livestock.

Helena Chemical was recognized as the "Agri-Business of the Year." Helena Chemical started in 1957 in West Helena, Arkansas. People, Products, Knowledge…that is the foundation that Helena Agri-Enterprises operates on, elevating it to one of the nation’s largest distributors of inputs for agriculture and specialty markets with a core business that centers on providing customers with the tools they require. Customer success is the absolute measurement of Helena’s success. Helena Agri-Enterprises offers virtually every input that is used in production agriculture and specialty markets. This includes fertilizer, seed, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and many other products that enhance plant production, soil and water used in spraying operations.

Ken Moncrief, who is retiring after serving 34 years as an Agriculture teacher within Ceres Unified School District, was honored at the recipient of the Grant & Mildred Lucas Memorial Award. During his time at CUSD, Moncrief has shared his love of agriculture with thousands of students, many of which have gone on to careers in agriculture in our community. Ken‘s passion and commitment to the community are evident in everything he does, but it was especially apparent in the development of the Hidahl site school farm. Ken campaigned tirelessly to upgrade the old school farm on Blaker Road and when he was asked if he wanted to help build the new school farm in 2010, he jumped into the project with both feet. The final building was completed in 2020. The state-of-the-art school farm the students have now is only possible due to his guidance and

The Chamber also presented four $500 scholarship awards to local high school students. The following recipients were unable to attend the event because they were on their senior Disneyland trip: Guillermo Garibay and Jose Granados of Central Valley High School; and Ignacio Jimenez-Raya and Ian Wilson of Ceres High School.

Sponsors for the event were Diamond Bar Arena’s Shane and Kim Parson, American Ag Credit, Assemblyman Adam Gray, Ron Baram, Bill Berryhill, Blaker Brewing, Ceres Unified School District, Children’s Crisis Center, City of Ceres, Cost Less Foods, Flawless Salon, InsureCal Insurance, the Marchy family, Meyer CPR & First Aid, Senator Ana Caballero, Stanislaus Farm Bureau, Steel Ventures, the Stokman family, Turlock Irrigation District, Vilas Farms, Yosemite Farm Credit and the Zipser family.

  Mark your calendars as the Ceres Chamber of Commerce returns with our first Member Mixer of 2022 on Friday August 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  We're happy to be introducing the new DeLorenzi Cellar & Events venue in downtown Ceres. Owned by locals, Mark and Marie Joiner, this new wine tasting room will soon open to the public and is great venue for private events and parties.

  If you're a Ceres Chamber member make sure to save the date. If you're not a member yet, give us a call at (209) 537-2601 or email us at CeresChamberBoard@gmail.com and we will send an application out to you. Looking forward to seeing you all!

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