Grown in California
Claudia Valente, San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation member
Claudia Valente's family shares a love of agriculture—as well as a competitive spirit. Each year, the Farm Bureau photo contest brings both to the forefront. "My husband Joe has won this contest three times, my daughter Amy (Blagg) has won twice, my son-in-law Tyler (Blagg) has won once, and now me," she said. Late-summer figs in the yard provided ripe subjects for her winning shot.
Marlene Bell, Kern County Farm Bureau member
Marlene Bell takes hundreds of pictures of her Horned Dorset sheep—both to document the flock's progress and as a basis for her paintings, note cards and other artwork. "The photo of the triplet ewe lamb with her leg over her brother's back was unusual, since it's rare to catch a sheep lying like this," she said. "Lambs typically lie next to each other, but not as close as this."