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OWENSBORO, Ky. (2/22/14) – Raising awareness about the importance of nutrition assistance for people in need was one of the main focuses of this morning’s Farm City Breakfast, hosted by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and Apollo High School.

The 35th annual breakfast attracted more than 300 people, and guest speakers included Congressman Brett Guthrie, who discussed the elements of this year’s farm bill moving through Washington. According to information provided at the breakfast, approximately 80 percent of the bill, about $756 billion, provides funding for nutritional needs such as food stamps and the federal free and reduced lunch program. Another almost $90 billion covers crop insurance.

Without the farm bill, Guthrie said, a gallon of milk could cost as much as $8 per gallon.

The breakfast concluded with the presentation of a posthumous Humanitarian award to C.A. “Ottie” Pantle, who passed away last month. Presenter Wayne Mattingly said Pantle was a strong supporter of the local community with more than 50 years of service as a member of Daviess County Farm Bureau, and many years of service on other agencies and boards. Pantle’s family accepted the award on his behalf.

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Dennis Beard
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