2015

  • January 15 Agricultural Legal Update, hosted by Shook Hardy & Bacon with speakers addressing current business and legal issues.
  • February 19 Luncheon Meeting with Ryan Veldhuizen, one of six farmers and ranchers, featured in the documentary, Farmland, produced by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll.
  • February 19 dinner and evening screening of the Farmland documentary, with co-hosts MFA Inc., Western Farm Show, and National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
  • March 23 Luncheon Meeting with Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity with findings from CFI'slatest major research undertaking, "Cracking the Code on Food Issues: Insights from Moms, Millennials and Foodies." 
  • April 1 Luncheon Meeting with Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill with an update on her findings - as they relate to agribusiness - from her recent trip to Cuba.
  • April 23 Luncheon Meeting with Blake Bryant, Principal Security Analyst with FishNet Security on developing trends in cyber security and ways to protect yourself and your company.
  • May 14 Luncheon Meeting with Dr. Marty Vanier, Director of Strategic Partnership Development for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF).
  • June 17 Awards Luncheon honoring Dr. Brady Deaton, University of Missouri, U.S. Senator Bob Dole, Kansas, and Dee Likes, Kansas Livestock Association, with the 2015 Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence.
  • July 20 issue forum on food system issues entitled “Kansas City: Our Town, Our Food.  Taste, Trends & Transparency.”  Co-hosted with the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association.
  • August 13 Social Networking Event at Q39 (1000 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO); 4:30 – 6 PM.
  • September 10 Luncheon Meeting with John Dillard, associate attorney with OFW Law, discussing the development, applications and future regulation/legislation of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • October 16 Luncheon Meeting with Richard Childress, Chairman & CEO, Richard Childress Racing (RCR).
  • November 6 Breakfast Meeting in conjunction with the Agriculture Future of America 2015 Leaders Conference featuring Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto Co.
  • November 11 special lunch meeting with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator Phil Karsting.
  • November 16 roundtable discussion with a German delegation focused on T-TIP and Investor-State Dispute Settlements.
  • December 10 Luncheon and Annual Meeting with Peter Hofherr, Chairman and CEO, St. James Winery and Chairman of the Missouri Wine & Grape Board.

2014

  • January 17 Agricultural Legal Update at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, hosted by Shook Hardy & Bacon with speakers addressing current business and legal issues.
  • February 27 luncheon featured John Miller, Group Vice President, Agricultural Products for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
  • March 20 luncheon featured David Fowler, Co-Chair of the Mayor's KCI Advisory Group, and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Nebraska.
  • April 1 Kansas City premiere of documentary “Farmland”, co-hosted with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and Kansas Farm Food Connection.
  • April 17 luncheon featured Dr. Dan Thomson, The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, who discussed "Contemporary Issues for Beef Cattle Production in the United States."
  • May 22 luncheon featured Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau to discuss the Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1 – “Keep Missouri Farming.”
  • June 2 Awards Luncheon honored Bill Jackson, AGRIServices of Brunswick, Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University, and Jere White, Kansas Corn, with the 2014 Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence.
  • July 10 special luncheon with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the EPA’s proposed rules defining waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act.
  • July 17 Issues Forum on Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities in Agriculture.
  • August 12 Roundtable Discussion on current issues with Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri.
  • August 21 Luncheon featuring U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas.
  • October 23 Luncheon featuring U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Kansas.
  • November 7 Breakfast Meeting featuring Dan Dye, CEO, Ardent Mills, held in conjunction with 2014 AFA Leaders Conference.
  • December 9 Luncheon & Annual Meeting with featured speaker Doug Worgul, Joe’s Kansas City.

2013

  • January 17 Agricultural Legal Update hosted by Shook Hardy & Bacon with speakers addressing current business and legal issues.
  • March 1 luncheon featuring Jim Farrell, President and CEO of Farmers National Company speaking on the crop year in 2012 as "The Perfect Storm."
  • March 14 luncheon featuring Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Dale Rodman and Missouri Director of Agriculture, Dr. Jon Hagler with a bi-state agricultural update.
  • March 29 member workshop entitled “Dust in the Wind: Prospects for 2013” on the 2012 drought and looking forward to 2013.
  • April 4 luncheon featuring Congressman Kevin Yoder following his appointment as Vice Chair of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
  • April 18 luncheon featuring Bryan Durkin, COO, CME Group discussing the “Evolving Nature of Grain Futures Markets.”
  • May 28 discussion with a delegation from Morocco in town through the International Visitor Leadership Program on a program titled “U.S. Trade and Investments.”
  • May 29 issue forum on “Midwest Agriculture’s Stake in Immigration Reform.”
  • June 18 Awards Luncheon honoring Harry Cleberg, Farmland (retired) and Tom Waters, Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association with the 2013 Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence. 
  • June 21 special forum on Comprehensive Immigration Reform with United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • June 25 discussion with a visiting diplomat from Greece, Argyro Papoulia, Deputy Director, A7 Directorate of North America, in town with the International Visitor Leadership Program.
  • July 18 luncheon featuring Brian Klippenstein, Protect the Harvest.
  • August 15 summer social hour at Voltaire.
  • September 19 luncheon featuring Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau.
  • October 16 luncheon with former Congressman Kenny Hulshof, Missouri.
  • October 21 discussion with a delegation from Kazakhstan in town through the International Visitor Leadership Program on a program titled “Accountable Governance in Agriculture.”
  • November 8 breakfast with Kip Tom, Tom Farms and CereServ Inc.
  • December 12 luncheon and annual meeting with Danny O’Neill, President & Owner, The Roasterie.

2012

  • January 20 Agricultural Legal Update with Shook Hardy & Bacon at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.
  • February 23 luncheon featuring Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Kansas, with a Congressional Update.
  • March 22 luncheon featuring Kansas City Mayor, Sly James.
  • April 19 luncheon featuring Craig Wallace, Chairman, Animal Health Corridor speaking on “Strategic Priorities for the Animal Health Corridor.”
  • May 16 luncheon featuring Mariner Kemper, Chairman and CEO, UMB Bank to reveal the American Royal’s Economic Analysis and Agricultural Event Center
  • June 27 luncheon featuring Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to discuss the impending Kansas City All Star Game as well as the history of the museum.
  • July 13 luncheon featuring Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Missouri, to discuss “American Agriculture: Threats and Opportunities 2012.”
  • August 16 Happy Hour and Networking Social at Hickok’s Bar & Grill.
  • September 20 luncheon featuring Craig Huffhines, CEO, American Hereford Association to present on “The Meat of the Issue: Serving Customer Needs.”
  • October 25 luncheon featuring John McDonald, Founder, Boulevard Brewing Company to discuss Boulevard’s “Full Circle Marketing.”
  • November 2 breakfast in collaboration with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Leadership Conference, featuring Dan Cosgrove, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred.
  • November 16 Member Workshop titled “Unconventional Ag-vocacy: Embracing Social Media in Agriculture” featuring YouTube Viral Video Sensation, the Peterson Brothers.
  • December 13 luncheon and annual meeting featuring Jim Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon to present on the “Showdown with Jesse James.”

2011

  • January 20 luncheon hosted by Shook Hardy & Bacon with speakers addressing current business and legal issues.
  • February 17 luncheon featuring Scott Shearer, Vice President of the Bockorny Group, speaking on “Agriculture and the 112th Congress.”
  • March 15 luncheon featuring Hugh Whaley, General Manager for US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
  • April 15 luncheon featuring Missouri State Senator Mike Parson with an update on legislation to address issues raised by Proposition B.
  • May 24 luncheon featuring EPA Region 7 Administrator, Karl Brooks discussing issues before the EPA and its implications in agriculture.
  • June 17 Happy Hour and Networking Social at Harry’s Country Club.
  • July 21 luncheon featuring Tom Waters, Chairman, Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association on “The Great Missouri Flood of 2011”.
  • August 26 Happy Hour and Networking Social at Amigoni Winery – Kansas City’s Urban Winery.
  • September 22 luncheon featuring Tom Davis, Vice President Group Publisher, Meredith Corporation, discussing trends and issues for ag media.
  • October 25 Awards Luncheon honoring US Senator Pat Roberts, Kansas, with the Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence.
  • November 4 breakfast in conjunction with AFA Leadership Conference, featuring Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications, giving a “2012 Farm Bill Update.”
  • December 15 luncheon and Annual Meeting featuring Pete Anderson, INTL FCStone, discussing “Dealing with Volatility in Ag Markets.”

2010

  • January 21 luncheon hosted by Shook Hardy & Bacon with speakers addressing current business and legal issues.
  • February 4 luncheon featuring former Congressman Charlie Stenholm.
  • March 5 luncheon featuring Missouri Senate Majority Leader Charlie Shields and Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, plus special guest Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill.
  • March 31 luncheon featuring Senator Pat Roberts.
  • May 17 luncheon featuring Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II.
  • May 26 organized and hosted an Agricultural Business Roundtable for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • June 3 Issue Workshop for members and invited guests at the Golden Ox featuring three speakers on the topic of “dealing with the new wave of food activists”.
  • June 23 Awards Luncheon at the Kansas City Club honoring Mike Haverty, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Steve Hunt, U.S. Premium Beef, with the Council’s “Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence”.
  • August 26 luncheon featuring David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom.
  • September 23 Agricultural Sustainability Forum featuring nationally recognized speakers including the USDA Deputy Secretary, Hon. Kathleen Merrigan.
  • October 21 luncheon featuring Ford West, president, The Fertilizer Institute.
  • November 5 breakfast featuring Patrick Gottsch, founder & president, RFD-TV.
  • December 16 luncheon featuring Bill Hudson, founder, The ProExporter Network®.