Farmer, dairy producers honored with Kiwanis’ Farmer of the Year award

Noon Kiwanis Club of Tulare presented Bud and Lance Mouw with 60th Farmer of the Year award

TULARE – While agriculture is all around the county, it is not always appreciated. And neither are the people who make it all possible. But the Noon Kiwanis Club is taking time out of their week to honor Bud and Lance Mouw.

The father and son farmer and dairy producing duo will be presented with the club’s 60th Farmer of the Year award today, Sept. 29. This honor was originally bestowed on the Mouw Family in March 2020, but due to COVID the event was postponed.

Bud Mouw, father to Lance, moved his family to Tulare in 1975 and was a farm and dairy real estate broker. He bought a dairy east of Tulare in 1978 with the help of another former Farmer of the Year, Gerald Paxton (the 1971 honoree). The family received much support and Bud became involved early in the Tulare Community Church, and the Dairy Co-op Boards of South Valley Milk Producers and California Dairies, Inc. Today Bud and his wife Joyce are blessed with seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

His son, Lance, born in 1966 to Bud and Joyce in Artesia, California moved to Tulare when he was 8 years old. Lance is one of three children, with siblings Chad and sister Allison (McClain). Lance currently runs all the farming and dairy operations, he was first a partner in Riverbend Dairy, and later built Riverbend Dairy South, where he farms corn, wheat and alfalfa for the dairies. He added almond farming to the mix in 2008. Lance and his wife Jamie have three children, Colby, Mitchel and Payton.

Lance’s children were all active in the dairy 4-H program and he volunteered on many community boards including: Tulare Community Church, Central Valley Christian School, local water boards, Happy Trails Riding Academy and Valley Children’s Hospital. They now are partners in almond farming with daughter Colby and son-in-law Jake Johnson. Their son Mitchel and his wife Elliana are partners and managers in the dairy. Daughter Payton is a senior at PLNU and will graduate in May. Lance and Jamie have several beautiful grandchildren they now get to spoil as well.

This annual awards luncheon recognizes the lifetime achievements of outstanding agriculturalists in the community and provides an opportunity for the Tulare Kiwanis to showcase the value of agriculture in the region and recognize an outstanding person or family. In the past they have recognized fathers, sons, brothers, cousins and many more.

The luncheon included a video montage about the honorees and a look back at the past 60 years of honorees. It is an emotional and touching tribute to the farming community and the many wonderful farmers in Tulare County.

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