Greater Louisville Agribusiness

of the Year Award

29th Annual | Presented at the
Farm City Celebration Luncheon

Vegetable Garden

The Agribusiness Industry Network in partnership with Greater Louisville Inc, the Louisville area Chamber of Commerce, annually honors a local business with the Agribusiness of the Year Award.


To qualify as an agribusiness, a company must provide agricultural services or buy, sell, process or utilize farm products. They must also be doing business in the Kentuckiana market.


Anyone may nominate a company for consideration. Criteria for the award include: sustained financial growth, overall contribution to our community and excellent employee relations. Nominations for 2022 will be accepted starting January 1st. Deadline for the 2022 nominations is June 28. You may email your nominee. We need: name of company, address, contact name and telephone number. 


Nominated firms will be contacted by the judging committee and asked to complete a formal application. The committee will then select from among those who complete the application process.

Purnell's Sausage Co.
2021 Agribusiness of the Year

The Purnell Sausage Company of Simpsonville is this year’s winner of the Agribusiness of the Year award, given by the Agribusiness Industry Network. Purnell Sausage is a major customer for pork producers in Kentucky and several nearby states. Its products include pork sausage, microwaveable sausage sandwiches, brats, franks and bologna.


Purnell traces its history to a Tennessee farm boy, Fred Purnell, who used a family recipe to make and sell pork sausage. After moving to Kentucky in 1950, he founded Purnell Sausage and, eventually, built the Shelby County facility to house the growing company.


Known for its memorable radio and television commercials, Purnell employs a workforce of more than 250 employees who produce and market nearly 700,000 pounds of pork products worth $70 million annually.

Past Agribusiness of the Year Award Winners