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Five new inductees in San Joaquin ag hall of fame

The chamber of commerce in Stockton, Calif., has announced six new inductees to its San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Now in its 29th year, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who have contributed to agriculture and to the community in significant ways.

STOCKTON, Calif. — The chamber of commerce here has announced five new inductees to its San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame, which is now in its 29th year.

The inductees are:

• Franz Kegel, a former 30-year University of California Cooperative Extension advisor and 4-H leader who was also active with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

• Stanton Lange, a fourth-generation Lodi, Calif., farmer who owns and manages vineyards that have been involved in many research projects with the University of California-Davis. He is also involved in numerous farm groups.

• Jerry Robinson, whose family is involved in several farming corporations and grows 2,900 acres of grain and row crops. He is also a former president of the local Farm Bureau and is president of the South Delta Water Agency and Delta Water Users Association.

• Dan, John and Robert Van Groningen, whose family's Ripon, Calif., dairy has been operating since 1929. The family also grows produce and is involved in numerous farm organizations.

• Louis, Joe, Frank and Auygust Precissi, who started a flying company in 1945 after serving in World War II. Today their grandsons are operating the business.

The winners will be recognized at the annual Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on Oct. 17 at the Robert J Cabral Ag Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance. Call (209) 547-2770.



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