The LaRue County Extension Leadership Banquet was held in January. Bobby McDowell Awards of Excellence were presented to Linda Grimes and to the family of Mike Ovesen in his memory.
Ovesen, 63, was the longtime chief executive officer of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association.
He was CEO of the Pork Producers from 1987 to 2009. He operated a family farm in Magnolia from 1972 until his death. Ovesen also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, earning a Purple Heart.