PRESS RELEASE: For Release September 2017
Brad Bolinger Graduates from Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program
Brad Bolinger of Christian County, Kentucky graduated from the Kentucky Agriculture Leadership Program (KALP) on September 7, 2017 at formal ceremonies held at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bolinger is among twenty-two members of KALP Class XI. KALP, housed in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is an intensive two-year program for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Dating back to the mid-1980s, the program was originally named the Philip Morris Agricultural Development Leadership Program, though it was never commodity specific. Philip Morris fully funded the first seven classes. Now financial supporters, including the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, Kentucky agribusinesses, farm organizations, program alumni and participant tuition, provide funding.
The program is not only about agriculture, but gives participants the tools to polish essential leadership skills, identify common rural and urban concerns, understand current public policy issues and establish a basis for lifelong learning and development.
Class XI had ten domestic seminars devoted to important agricultural issues. Sessions also focused on improving participants’ communication, leadership and management skills. Class members visited a variety of Kentucky agribusinesses, Frankfort, Washington D.C., California, Austria,
Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic to explore agriculture in different settings.
Brad Bolinger, Partner at Higgins Insurance, works as the President of Agribusiness, which provides insurance solutions to farmers, co-ops, food processors, milling facilities, as well as countless other industries involved in the agribusiness sector. He graduated with a B.S.and MBA from Western Kentucky University in 2006 & 2007 respectively. He is a member of the Christian Co. Agribusiness Association, Gideons International, and serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Pennyrile. Brad Bolinger and his wife Fowlen Bolinger have 2 children, Isabel Blane and Soyar Pace , and are expecting their 3rd in January of 2018.
For questions or comments, contact:
240 Remington Road
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Photo by Steve Patton, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment
Left to right: Dr. Will Snell, KALP Co-Director; Brad Bolinger,
KALP Class XI Graduate; Dr. Gary Palmer, University of Kentucky
Associate Dean for Extension; Dr. Steve Isaacs, KALP Co-Director.