The Daviess County Agricultural Hall of Fame will soon be permanently hosted at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History.
The inaugural Hall of Fame class includes 15 inductees, who were recognized in January week with the unveiling of plaques engraved with the inductee’s images and short biographies. The class was chosen by the Agricultural Visionaries Committee.
Daviess County Agricultural Extension Agent Clint Hardy said the Hall of Fame plaques have been touring the community since January, with their final stop being the November Rooster Booster. Hardy said they will eventually be placed permanently in the museum.
“Much discussion pertained to the most appropriate permanent location. It was decided that our wonderful museum of science and history was the ideal location to share this education and recognition of local agriculture history with the public,” Hardy said.
The plaque tour was part of a campaign to raise awareness for the inaugural Hall of Fame class.
Kathy Olson, CEO of the museum, said there is not a set time for the installation yet as they are still evaluating the best location would be to display the plaques.
“We’re considering several spots, but we’ve not made a decision yet. We’ve got a couple of different locations in mind,” Olson said.
The mission of the Daviess County Agricultural Hall of Fame is “to recognize visionaries, founders, servants, and innovators of agriculture in Daviess County.” The 15 inductees represent three categories for the inaugural class, as follows:
“People involved in successful agricultural business management/ownership, which served to improve the lives and opportunities for farm families in the region.”
- Charles Field, founder of Field Packing Company, longtime purchaser and processor of locally produced cattle and hogs.
- The Foors Family, founder of Velvet milk company, longtime purchaser and processor of locally produced milk.
- The Miles Family, founder of Miles Farm Supply and Enterprises. Purveyors of crop production resources, services, and innovation.
- The O’Bryan Family, founder of Owensboro Grain and longtime purchaser and processor of local soybeans.
- William Rapier, established the Curdsville fair and livestock exhibition, later established Rapier Grain and Feed on the current site location of Owensboro Grain Company.
“People who led successful careers in the agricultural service sector whose efforts led to improved lives and opportunities for farm families in the region.”
- Frank Cox, the soil scientist who accomplished the soil type and classification survey of Daviess and Hancock County.
- Tom Curtsinger, the cooperative extension agent responsible for initiating the Farm/City Breakfast and Ag Expo. He led countless leadership opportunities and provided resources that strengthened the Daviess County Farm Bureau and Lions Club.
- Paul Irish, longtime adult vocational agriculture instructor who developed rules pertaining to the grain yield contests and began the Daviess County Grain Yield Variety Demonstration plots.
- Charles Loyal, longtime Soil Conservation District leader who was instrumental in education pertaining to no-till adoption and soil erosion reduction practices.
- Jack McClure, long-time Cooperative Extension Agent responsible for service related to rural electrification adoption by farms throughout the county. Responsible for leadership involved in organizing the Daviess County Farm Bureau and largely responsible for education and demonstration of the importance in improving soil fertility through lime addition.
“People who experienced risk with acceptance and demonstration of new farming production enterprises and techniques that led to wide adoption and improved lives and opportunities for farm families in the region.”
- William Crabtree, tobacco grower and responsible for the tobacco warehouse and auction market development in Owensboro.
- J.C. Ellis III, landowner responsible for providing rental land necessary to establish several farming families in Daviess County and early adopter and promoter of the commercial produce production opportunity in our area.
- William Foster, beef cattle and tobacco farmer, provider of superior beef breeding stock throughout the Ohio Valley. Was one of three people who represented Kentucky in Washington D.C. in an effort to develop the tobacco quota program.
- Murray Hagan, farmer and commercial seed producer. He was instrumental in the adoption and expansion of hybrid seed corn acres. One of the key authors for the KY Certified Seed laws.
- Charles William Hayden, farmer and one of the first to transition from black forage soybeans to the modern yellow soybeans grown today. He increased yields by introducing improved varieties from Indiana and was one of the first to possess a self-propelled combine in Daviess County.