HENDERSON, Kentucky — Kyndle has begun accepting nominations to honor both an active and a retired member of the Henderson County agriculture community for their contributions to farming as well as their community.
The 2018 Agriculturalist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented at the Kyndle Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast on March 6.
“Henderson County is one of Kentucky’s premier farming counties, regular ranked among the state’s top three corn and soybean producers and often ranked No. 1,” Kyndle CEO Tony Iriti said. “The county has been blessed with many outstanding people in agriculture, and we wish to once again thank and honor those who help put food on our tables and make Henderson County a better place.”
The Agriculturalist of the Year is awarded to an individual who is a farmer actively engaged in management and day-to-day operation or is employed in a Henderson agribusiness or works as an ag lender at a Henderson lending institution.
The Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual who is retired from one of those agricultural endeavors.
In both cases, the recipient will be recognized for their involve in agriculture, ag development, church and community organizations such as FFA, 4-H, state or local ag programs, humanitarianism, etc.
A person nominating someone for an award isn’t required to make the presentation at the Ag Appreciation Breakfast themselves. They have the option of personally announcing the award or having Kyndle provide someone else to make the presentation.
Nomination forms are available at the Kyndle office at 136 Second St., Suite 500, or at the main branches of local banks as well as at various agribusinesses. They can also be downloaded from the Kyndle website at www.kyndle.us. A list of previous recipients is printed on the back of the forms. The deadline for submitting nominations to the Kyndle office is Feb. 20.
The Kyndle Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Chase Fulcher Archery Center at Gardenmile Road and Airline Road. The optional cost of the breakfast is $1.48, which is symbolic of what farmers would receive for the type of breakfast that will be served.
The keynote speaker will be Webster County farmer Eddie Melton, first vice president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. Representatives from FFA, 4-H, the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Service and Henderson County Farm Bureau have also been invited to provide updates on their activities.
Kyndle is the chamber of commerce for Henderson and Henderson County and is also the lead regional economic development organization for Henderson, McLean, Union and Webster counties.