BRAWLEY — The Imperial County Farm Bureau (ICFB) honored two people Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Del Rio Country Club for his or her contribution to the agriculture business and neighborhood in Imperial Valley. The sixteenth Annual Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year Banquet and Meeting of Members was attended by farmers and their households, elected officers, enterprise house owners, and distinguished company.
Don Emanuelli, 68, was given the 2021 Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year Award.
Mark Clayton was offered with the 2021 Betty Young Memorial Friend of the Farmers Award. “Thank you all. I appreciate it,” Clayton stated.
The Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year Award is given to a person who has constructed a farm in Imperial Valley, offered jobs, and helped to increase the agriculture business, stated Andrew Leimgruber, board secretary of the Imperial County Farm Bureau.
The Betty Young Memorial Friend of the Farmers Award is offered to a person or to a company who gives help providers for the farming business such as seeds, fertilizers, pest management, irrigation, or some other oblique involvement with agriculture, stated Leimgruber.
Jeff Plourd, ICFB president, welcomed company and led in the flag salute. Mark McBroom, ICFB board member, led the invocation. Leimgruber talked about the silent public sale; and launched the particular visitor speaker, Shaun Crook, second vice chairman of the California Farm Bureau.
Rachel Magos, ICFB government director, launched the 2020-2021 ICFB board administrators and members.
“It’s quite an honor to have my family and friends enjoying the night with me,” stated Donald Robert Emanuelli, a soft-spoken farmer whose farming roots may be traced again to his grandfather about 100 years in the past in Belluno Veronese — a small city in a fertile valley alongside the Adige River on the foothills of the Italian Alps in northern Italy.
“My grandfather grew wine grapes,” stated Emanuelli, who is understood by mates as “Don” and “Donnie.” Wine served at the banquet got here from those self same vineyards in Belluno Veronese.
Emanuelli was surrounded by his spouse, Mary, three kids, and their spouses when he was given this honor.
Scott Emanuelli, second of his three sons, recounted a prolonged household historical past that started in Italy, then Los Angeles, after which to Brawley — the place their farm grew into its present state using present agricultural practices. Furthermore, they ventured into improvements and expanded operations to export the ‘fruits’ from their land.
Don’s three sons — Steven, Scott, and Brian — every have their very own roles in the family-owned farm enterprise. As Scott Emanuelli learn his speech, photographs of members of the family have been projected on the display screen. It was a historical past of farming and, from time to time, members of the family or mates from the viewers reacted with laughs or giggles.
“If you asked Don what his favorite crop is … he would tell you his most valuable ‘crops’ are his three sons and nine grandchildren. They definitely are the cream of any crop he has grown, and he feels blessed to have them all nearby,” stated Scott Emanuelli, first vice chairman of Imperial County Farm Bureau, the identical bureau his father was a board member of since 2005 and President from 2012-2014.
Don is happy that Scott might be the subsequent IFCB president. His household hopes to sometime have a fifth-generation farmer.