Mark Grossi, environmental reporter for The Fresno Bee, was honored Thursday by the Fresno County Farm Bureau for excellence in agriculture reporting by print media.
Grossi's March 2 story, "For Valley citrus growers, this season has 2 natural disasters," showed how both a damaging December freeze and the ongoing drought and lack of water deliveries have severely hurt farmers in the Terra Bella region of Tulare County.
Covering the drought was the main topic for other entries as well. Other winners were:
• In the television-radio-web-visual media category, A.J. Fox, Justin Sacher, Dave Spaher and Heidi Waggoner, KSEE (Channel 24.1), for their "High and Dry" series that aired in April. It focused on water struggles California farmers and consumers are encountering due to the drought and addressed potential solutions.
• In the trade media category, first place went to Patrick Cavanaugh, of the Pacific Nut Producer, for his "West side water series" -- a three-part project that published in August and November 2013 and in April. It examined Valley farmers and their agricultural journey through the water crisis.
Judging the entries were Ken Tatami, Farm Bureau president; Frances Squire, West Hills Community College District executive director; and Daniel Hartwig, Woolf Farming procurement manager.
The winners of the 20th annual journalism awards were announced Thursday at the Farm Bureau's social at the Fresno Fairgrounds.