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2015 Outstanding Alumnus – Marvin A. Meyers – Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology

2015 Outstanding Alumnus – Marvin A. Meyers – Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology



The land is a renewable resource. And
people don't understand that we take care of it, because if we don't take care
of it, it will stop producing. And so we take care of it so every year it'll
produce a crop for us. You just have to learn how to do it. When I go back to campus every once in a
while, hanging out with these young people just make me feel young again.
I love the enthusiasm, and the people that I've been dealing with at Fresno State are so enthusiastic of the good things that they're doing. And we're trying to
educate and build better lives, better kids that come out better. And obviously
ag is my background. I went to Pierce School of Agriculture, and then from
there I came to Fresno State. And I liked Fresno. It was great. I liked the Valley, but I wasn't here that
long, two years, and I got drafted into the Army. And I spent a couple of years
in the Army and came back to Fresno. I went to work when I got out. I was running a
jackhammer, building the first chair lift at China Peak. That was a great time. One thing we're proud of is that we make
maximum yields on everything that we grow. And we market them well. We're very
successful. And how did I get there? By bringing in the right people, hiring the
right people. My son said, "I wanna farm, Dad." I told him,
"I don't know there's future anymore in farming in the Valley, the way things are
going for young people." You don't drive around in the pickup truck, with the
windows up and the air on, and think you know what's going on in the field. And I
was taught by some wise old men that were farmers. It's pretty unique. It's one-of-a-kind. A
lot of people were shocked that I did it. It turns out, obviously, to be very successful, because during the wet years, we were able to put in thirty five thousand acre feet with flood
water, reschedule water, and water that nobody
had any place to put during those wet years. Well, I had a place to put it, so I was
able to buy it and put in the ground. I didn't want to be the only guy irrigating
when my neighbors were drying up, dying. Alot of guys didn't have ground water,
so I was able to increase the input and increase the extraction rate to help my
district, to help my neighbors. And that's what we did. So the water we do sell, we sell it to the district, then the district allocates it out. Realizing now that I've … I'm 81 years old and I'm thinking, "What am I gonna do now?" And then I realized I'm having so much fun, so much gratification working with Fresno State, that's where I ought to keep focusing my
energy. You know, I mean, I know about water. I spent my whole life on water. And
obviously that's why we're successful. But now, you know, there isn't a whole lot
for me to do anymore as far as developing our farm, so I'm spending more
time trying to help people understand what it's all about and that Fresno
State's a great opportunity to do that.


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