Hello everyone I’m Jay Mahil and the President of the Madera County Farm Bureau. I am a 4th generation Sikh American farmer; my great grandfather migrated from Punjab, India in 1906 to America with many dreams filled in his pockets but very few dollars. However, he did not let that set him back; with hard work and determination, he worked hard to save and build up enough money to finally buy his own land in San Joaquin County. Because of his and my family’s hard work I am able to say I am the first born generation of our family to first attend and graduate college. Today –with my family we farm almonds, pistachios, and wine grapes throughout the Central Valley.
For these reasons, I love promoting agriculture to future generations and beyond. I am honored to sit on the Madera County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee. This year in 2015, we had the pleasure to award five local students with a variety of scholarship opportunities to assist their future endeavors in agricultural education. . I sometimes believe farmers are a dying breed, so when I can help our youth see a future in agriculture, I will bend over backwards to help. It is our young ag leaders that will carry the shovels to feed our hungry country in the future.
It is also with great excitement, that I note our very own Madera County Farm Bureau is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year! Please look for our special promotion logo enclosed at the bottom of this address and throughout our future publications. We will be celebrating much of this event at our annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event this year on Sunday, May 3, at ApCal. I’m looking forward to meeting more of you and seeing you soon!