Scope and Content
Title: Fresno County Farm Bureau Annual Reports,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1954
Fresno County Farm Bureau
Extent: 2.25 linear feet
Photographs: In boxes 1-6.
Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).
Sanoian Special Collections Library.
The collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Fresno County Farm Bureau Annual Reports, Sanoian Special
Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.
The Fresno County Farm Bureau began in 1917 with George Feaver, Jr., of Fowler,
California, as president. The Farm Bureau consisted of a president, vice-president and
four directors-at-large, stationed at various centers throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
LeRoy Smith was the first county agent assigned to Fresno County and was responsible for
generating the annual report.
Demonstrations were conducted throughout the Valley by the Farm Bureau and the county
agent. Such demonstrations were useful in informing farmers about such topics as
increasing soil fertility by means of cover crops, pruning of fruit trees, cooperative
marketing of farm hogs by the auction sale method, formation of irrigation districts and
the plan for the conservation of Kings River flood waters. The Farm Bureau was also
involved with student agricultural clubs. In 1918 the Home Department of the Farm Bureau
was established, addressing the woman's domain.
Scope and Content
The Fresno County Farm Bureau annual reports measure 2.25 linear feet and date from 1918
to 1954. The reports are arranged chronologically.
The reports for each year (October to the following November) include the demonstration
projects being held that year, the total membership and other types of various
information pertaining to the Bureau. There are two parts to the reports, the narrative
report and the statistical report. Each report includes photographs of the major events
that took place for that particular year and maps illustrating the location of the
centers, the type of crop in that area, along with the major projects that were held in
the area. A separate report was submitted annually by the Home Department and was filed
with the Fresno County annual reports.