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Quint Pottinger of Nelson County is a member of Class X of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP).
KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment is an intensive two-year program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee who want to be on the cutting edge of decisions that affect agriculture, rural communities and society.
The program identifies motivated and energetic people who seek to improve their leadership, management, and communication skills. Graduates then use those skills to meet the challenges facing agriculture and to enhance the quality of life in rural communities. Pottinger is one of the 22 applicants selected for Class X.
The program dates back to the mid-1980s and was originally called the Philip Morris Agricultural Leadership Development Program. Currently more than 100 financial supporters, including the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky agribusinesses, farm organizations, program alumni and participant fees provide funding.
The program consists of 10 domestic seminars devoted to important agricultural issues. Sessions also focus on improving participants’ communication, leadership and management skills. Class members visit a variety of Kentucky farms and agribusinesses, Frankfort and Washington D.C., and will travel to other states and nations to explore agriculture in different settings.
Pottinger is the owner and operator of Precision Planting dealership division of Sideline Systems. Quint is responsible for creating and implementing budgeting, inventory, marketing, and sales plans. Pottinger is also the owner/operator of Affinity Farms, farming full-time growing corn, wheat, soybeans and a variety of vegetables. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Kentucky Soybean Association and was President of Kentucky FFA. He was the State Proficiency Winner for Crop Production from Kentucky FFA. He was also part of the Leadership College for the American Soybean Association in 2012. Issues in agriculture that Quint considers important are advocacy for farmers, the “buy local” movement, and the connecting agriculture with national and international consumer markets. Quint’s wife, Leah, is a graduate of Bellarmine University. She is a project manager for Kindred Healthcare and helps manage the vegetable farm.쇓