Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Presents Awards to Agriculture Leaders at the 2006 Agricultural Development Fund Annual Meeting

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Angela Blank

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher, along with Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, today presented awards to leaders in the agriculture community at the  2006 Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Annual Meeting.

The event provided an opportunity for county council members, program administrators, extension agents and others involved in the agriculture industry to discover entrepreneurship in agriculture, experience Kentucky Proud products, share ideas with others from across the commonwealth and become familiar with new board policies and programs.

Governor Fletcher also served as guest speaker at the event, discussing how a Manufacturer’s Assessment Fee will benefit the agriculture community.

“I have kept my commitment to the farm community, providing in each of my budgets 50 percent of the Master Settlement Agreement funds,” said Governor Fletcher. “But the MSA payments are declining and uncertain, potentially threatening our efforts to diversity agriculture. A Manufacturer’s Assessment Fee will add a greater level of certainty to the revenue stream.”

Governor Fletcher and Commissioner Farmer presented the following awards at today’s event:

Innovations in Agriculture

Commonwealth Agri-energy, Christian County
Shuckman’s Fish Company and Smokery, Inc., Jefferson County

Outstanding Administrator of the Year

Larry Avery, Hart County Cattlemen’s Association

Extension Agent  of the Year

Bill Peterson, Mason County

2005 County Council Member of the Year

District 1, Dennis Perry, Rowan County

District 2, Jim Lacy, Wolfe County

District 3, Rob McClanahan, Pendleton County

District 4, Stewart Hughes, Scott County

District 5, Mike Shull, Grayson County

District 6, Royce Vincent, Edmonson County

District 7, Daryl Templeman, Todd County

For more information on the award winners, contact the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627.