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Obama nominates farmer for National Council on the Arts

David Masumoto

David Masumoto


President Barack Obama today announced his intention to nominate David “Mas” Masumoto, a California organic peach and grape farmer, author, and columnist for The Fresno Bee, as a member of the National Council on the Arts.

Masumoto’s books include "Epitaph for a Peach," "Heirlooms," "Letters to the Valley," "Four Seasons in Five Senses," "Harvest Son" and "Wisdom of the Last Farmer."

His writing awards include the Commonwealth Club Silver medal, the Julia Child Cookbook award, and the James Clavell Literacy Award.

Masumoto was appointed to the board of the California Council for the Humanities, now known as Cal Humanities, in 1994, serving as co-chair from 1998 to 2001. In addition, he serves on the James Irvine Foundation board of directors, and the board of the Public Policy Institute of California.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of science degree in community development from the University of California, Davis.

The National Council on the Arts advises the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on agency policies and programs. It reviews and makes recommendations to the chairman on applications for grants, funding guidelines, and leadership initiatives.