Two Henderson County natives who became innovators in agribusiness and helped transform the way farmers here and beyond grow crops were honored Monday morning at the 2018 Kyndle Agriculture Appreciation Breakfast.
Allen R. Sutton received the Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture for his work in commercializing a nitrogen stabilizer that helped make no-till farming feasible and more affordable.
Mark Mattingly was honored as Agriculturalist of the Year for his years introducing new farming technologies to Henderson County and the Tri-state during his career in agricultural sales.
Sutton grew up on a farm at Little Dixie in southern Henderson County. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural science, he began work here with Agrico Chemicals.
It was while he was manager of product development in the 1980s that he attended a field day where he learned of an emerging ag technology that was available for sale. Sutton convinced Agrico to purchase the technology, then worked with company chemists and others to develop and test the product, which was named Agrotain.