Steve Church (third from left), receives the 2018 Valley of the World Award on Nov. 15 from the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif. Award presenters (from left) are Susan Gill, John D’Arrigo and Lorri Nucci-Koster ( Courtesy Church Brothers )

Steve Church, chairman of Church Brothers Farm, Salinas, Calif., was honored with the National Steinbeck Center’s Valley of the World Award.

The annual event recognizes key figures in the Salinas Valley agriculture industry, according to a news release.

The award has become a “proud community tradition” in the Salinas Valley, according to the release. The award ceremony was Nov. 15.

“Their integrity and accomplishments have enriched Salinas,” according to the release. “The achievements of each honoree are a testament to the remarkable advancements in the Ag industry — marked by innovation, creative leadership, generosity and vision.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Steinbeck center’s educational and public programs, according to the release.