Kentucky's Pottinger Among America's Best Farmers and Ranchers

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Quint Pottinger, 29, of New Haven, Kentucky, was one of five new honorees named today to The Progressive Farmer America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers program. The class of 2018 was introduced during a DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit award ceremony.

Now entering its ninth year, the program recognizes young farmers and ranchers who are building successful and innovative agricultural businesses. The award recognizes the work they do to promote agriculture and have a positive impact in their communities. The 2018 class joins 36 past honorees.

Pottinger, farms 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, cover crops and soon, wheat. He is married to Leah, an IT project manager for Humana and professional photographer.

Pottinger pointed to a new grain storage system as one of his best management moves.

"The decision to add more grain storage and a drying system has had a significant impact on our farm. With the drying system we are able to shell our corn a month earlier. It has also dramatically improved our grain quality and helped us step into new markets we did not realize were even possible."

In 2013, Pottinger was named a White House Champion for Change for production practices and ability to connect consumers to the farm. He serves as a board member of the Kentucky FFA Foundation as chair of fundraising and serves as the Agriculture Ambassador to the Kentucky-Haiti Partnership mentoring young producers in Haiti. He is also a graduate of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program. 

Quint was nominated by the National Corn Growers Association. He and his wife Leah were featured in a Corn Farmers Coalition marketing campaign in 2014, and both have served on a variety of NCGA action teams and committees, with Quint continuing this year on the Resolutions Committee. Quint is also a current class member of the KyCorn CORE Farmer Program.

Congratulations, Quint!

Read about all the inductees.

FarmersJennifer Elwell