Borges to be honored at Farmer of the Year luncheon

The Kiwanis Club of Tulare will honor Rick Borges of Tulare with a Farmer of the Year luncheon at noon March 19 in the Heritage Complex in Tulare.

Tickets are $25 in advance from Kiwanis Club members and various businesses in Tulare.

Pre-sale tickets can also be purchased by calling Celeste Thomas at 686-5854, extension 10936.

They are $30 at the door.

Borges, long-time volunteer and the youngest ever World Ag Expo chairman, was selected as Tulare Farmer of the Year in late January.

He was 28 when selected as chairman in 1989. Borges has been volunteering at the show for the past 38 years.

The Farmer of the Year award is presented based on community involvement and volunteerism.

A fourth generation farmer, Borges, 53, has been active in local water boards like the Tulare Irrigation District, San Joaquin River Association, Kaweah Basin Water Quality Association and the Friant Water Authority. Outside of the water boards, Borges has been active in the Buena Vista School Board and has served as coach of swim and soccer teams.

Borges believes volunteerism is a way to improve one’s community. “You want to have a good community for your children, for everybody’s children, he said in a release.

Borges is partner with his father in a ranch west of Tulare. The two farm 700 acres of alfalfa, cotton, black eye peas, pistachios and wheat.

Borges and his wife Susie have been married for 28 years and have two growing children, Greg and Breann.