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Bounds lauded at MACAA O.C. event
By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
OCEAN CITY, Md. (June 30, 2015) — It was a hectic couple of days even for Kenny Bounds.
On Thursday, June 18, he was due in Ocean City to receive an award from the Maryland Association of County Agricultural Agents.
On Friday, he had to be packed and ready to leave for a 10-day hike in the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico with Boy Scout Troop 249.
Bounds, currently the Delmarva regional manager for MidAtlantic Farm Credit, was presented MACAA’s coveted honorary county ag agent recognition as the agents gathered in Ocean City for their annual meeting and professional development seminar.
On Friday, MACAA presented its Service to Agriculture award of Charles Wright IV, a Wicomico farmer and farm leader who as Wicomico County Farm Bureau president helped lead the defense of the Hudson farm family in its battle against a CleanWater suit filed by the Waterkeeper Association.
Bounds has been with Farm Credit since 1977 and contrbutions to — and interaction with — farmers and farming in the Mid-Atlantic are legendary in their own time.
Honored many times in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania and with plaques and citations that would cover a wall, he is reported to be nearing retirement. In 2004, the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., presented him the J. Frank Gordy Sr. Distinguished Citizen Award with a most appropriate inscription, citing Bounds as a “forceful voice for Delmarva agriculture and an omnipresent agricultural ambassador.”
In introducing Wright, MACAA President Jennie Rhodes hailed him as “a third generation farmer ... a father, husband, entrepreneurial, community leader, and farmer ... not afraid to speak up on issues presented to the farming community.’
He and his wife started Wright’s Farm Market on Rt. 50 in October of 2001 which more than 1,800 school kids visit each year on day trips.
He is a founding member of Wicomico Young Farmers, and has served as Wicomico Farm Bureau’s president since 2014. As a farm leader, he become intimately involved in the Save Farm Families project to raise money to cover the legal fees for the Hudson family.