Hinton will speak at Farm City Breakfast

The 39th Annual Farm City Breakfast, presented by the Kentucky Farm Bureau of Daviess County and the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, is set for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Daviess County High School cafeteria.

The scheduled featured speaker for this year’s event is Adam Hinton, vice president of Hinton Mills, an operation of five retail farm supply locations and feed mills based in Flemingsburg. He also serves as director of the Kentucky Welding Institute, a private welding school in Flemingsburg. He is founder and president of A Better Community Foundation, a not-for-profit fundraising and advocacy organization for agriculture education in Kentucky.

Hinton serves on the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, TENCO Workforce Development Board, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Economic & Market Development Advisory Committee, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Feed Advisory Board, and as chairman of the Kentucky FFA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the Kentucky Ag Leadership Program and is Kentucky’s first graduate of the American Farm Bureau Federation Partners in Agriculture Leadership Program.

According to biographical information provided by the Chamber, Hinton earned a bachelors degree in economics from Centre College in 2000. Prior to working for Hinton Mills, Hinton worked as director of sports marketing and promotions at Embry-Riddle University and was the recipient of eight National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators awards. He received a sports marketing professional certification from the University of Kentucky Sports Marketing Academy in 2003.

Hinton is also a partner in a coffee business and owns an insurance agency, The Hinton Agency, along with his wife, Melissa, who manages the business. The couple have one daughter, Addie.

“Our Farm City Breakfast is one of our premier events co-hosted with the Daviess County Farm Bureau and the Daviess County Extension Office,” said Candance Brake, president and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. “The foundation for the event is bringing people together from across the community to celebrate the connection that we all have to the land and to one another. There is no us and them. We are one community bound together. It is a great event to contemplate that connection.”

Clint Hardy, Daviess County extension agent for agriculture, said the Farm City Breakfast originated with the late Tom Curtsinger, former extension agent for Daviess County.

“It was a program Tom Curtsinger experienced while serving as an agent early in his career in Washington County,” Hardy said. “He approached Daviess County Farm Bureau with the idea, Farm Bureau approached the Chamber and the partnership in providing this opportunity for annual urban/rural interaction blossomed. Urban sprawl over the past 25 years has removed some of the physical barriers to the general public/agricultural interface but the Farm City Breakfast is still a need in our community to gather and celebrate contributions agriculture provides Owensboro and contributions Owensboro provides agriculture. Both compiled represent a unique and blessed community.”

This year’s program will include the presentation of the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an outstanding leader whose service improved the well-being of Owensboro-Daviess County residents. Last year’s recipients were first responders. Representatives of the Daviess County Fire Department (both paid and volunteer), Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Owensboro Fire Department and Owensboro Police Department were present to accept the honor.

More than 500 people attended the 2017 Farm City Breakfast.

Tickets to the Farm City Breakfast are $6 and can be purchased by calling the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce office at 270-926-1860, online at chamber.owensboro.com or at the door the morning of the breakfast.

By Steve Vied Messenger-Inquirer