Valley almond farmer Antonio Campos will be the 2015 honoree at the Ag One Community Salute at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall on July 31, with proceeds from the event establishing an endowment in his name.
Campos came to the U.S. at age 17 from the northern Basque region of Spain. Four years later, he started farming in Caruthers with his older brothers, Esteban and Fermin. They started growing almonds in 1971.
“Tony is a true leader and astute businessman who along with his late brothers came to the U.S. with literally two nickels in their pockets,” Roger Sturdevant, executive vice president for the event’s naming sponsor, Bank of the West, said in a statement. “Through Tony’s leadership, Campos Brothers Farms has grown to be one of the largest almond producers and processors in the world.”
The Antonio “Tony” Campos Endowment will support students and programs in Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Science and Technology.
Tickets to the event are $125 per person.
For more information, visit www.agonefoundation.org or call the Ag One department at (559) 278-4266.
Sarah Anderson: 559-441-6248; @Sarahsonofander