Monday, October 19, 2009

Ada County Farm Bureau News

Left to right ACFB Pres. Don Sonke are Oscar Salinas, Mario Salinas, Sonke, Stuart Barret, and Dan Arnold

Ada County Farm Bureau Supports Jalapeno Open
By Don Sonke

Meridian--Ada County Farm Bureau sponsored two teams in the 2009 Jalapeno Open. ACFB sponsored an insurance agent team and a federation team for this years Open held October 9 this year.

The Jalapeno Open is a golf tournament founded by Richard G. Cortez, owner of Metalcraft, to provide scholarships to deserving Hispanic high school graduates. Beginning in 1993 the proceeds have exceeded $230,000 and has benefited more than 300 students.

The Ada County board voted to sponsor this event on a yearly basis to show our appreciation for the contribution the Hispanic community makes toward our agriculture work force. About 15 of the scholarship recipients were in attendance at the awards ceremony after the tournament. They represented students from several Idaho colleges including UI, Boise State, and College of Idaho and had majors such as business administration and civil engineering. This event has widespread support from both the business and political factions of our community. Former Governor Phil Batt chaired the committee one year and has played and been a contributor for several years.

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