Betsy Blanchard Chess has inside
scoop on Agricultural Journalism

September 03, 2014
Santa Paula News

Longtime editor and publisher of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County’s The Broadcaster Magazine, Betsy Blanchard Chess, has spent her career researching and sharing important agriculture news.

She has also dug up and published lots of great stories from Ventura County’s rich agricultural past. On Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., Chess will give a Gallery Talk at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, and will share many of her favorite publishing adventures. Admission to the Gallery Talk is included with regular admission and includes entrance to all Museum galleries and exhibits.  

 Born and raised in Santa Paula, Chess grew up in a rich tradition of community service and historical awareness. She first became involved with the Farm Bureau of Ventura County and The Broadcaster Magazine in 1975 as a cover subject and then went on to become a major contributor of articles focusing on the history of Ventura County. In 1988 she became editor and publisher of the magazine.  In 2004, the magazine was expanded to include Santa Barbara County and renamed Central Coast Farm & Ranch.

 Because of her knowledge of agriculture and Ventura County, Chess was asked to serve on the major gifts committee for the opening of the Museum of Ventura County’s Agricultural Museum, and is on the Agriculture Museum’s Advisory Board.

 Second Thursday Gallery Talks occur at the Agriculture Museum, located at 926 Railroad Avenue in Santa Paula, every month. The 2:00 p.m. talks last approximately 40 minutes and are followed by time for questions and answers. At 3:00, the Santa Paula Art Museum holds a Gallery Talk on another topic, and visitors are encouraged to walk or drive one block to that location to enjoy a second stimulating event. 

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