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October 2018 Meeting


The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City looks forward to welcoming Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor Emeritus with Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics to the Council's October luncheon meeting. Dr. Flinchbaugh was a recipient of the Council's 2014 Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence.

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Flinchbaugh holds B.S. in Animal Science (1964) and M.S. in Agricultural Economics (1967) degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1971) from Purdue University.  Flinchbaugh joined Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1971.  He teaches a junior-senior level course in agricultural policy and lectures throughout Kansas and the nation on agricultural and economic policy. Flinchbaugh has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from KSU College of Agriculture students on three different occasions.  From 1984 until 2004, Flinchbaugh served as the Kansas Extension Leader for Agricultural Economics.

For four years, Flinchbaugh served as Special Assistant to the President of Kansas State University (coordinating the information and public affairs activities of the University). Flinchbaugh served for five years as Chairman of the prestigious Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues.

Flinchbaugh has participated in two Japanese Trade Missions.  He has led Kansas Agricultural People-to-People tours to the Soviet Union and European countries, the South Pacific, the People’s Republic of China and Africa.

He receives approximately 100 speaking invitations per year and is the author of 100-plus publications including an agricultural policy textbook.  Flinchbaugh served as Chairman of the Commission on 21stCentury Production Agriculture authorized in the 1996 Farm Bill.  

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August 2018 Meeting


The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City looks forward to welcoming Congressman Roger Marshall to the Council's August 30 Luncheon Meeting.  

Dr. Roger Marshall graduated from Kansas State University with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry before attending University of Kansas Medical School. He received his Medical Doctorate in 1987 and moved on to his residency in St. Petersburg Florida. Following his residency, he returned to Kansas where he began his practice in Great Bend.

Dr. Marshall began his life on a Kansas farm, and preserves his deep agricultural appreciation and understanding through participating in a cattle feeding operation. Community has been a pillar of Marshall's life, and is a focus to this day. He is a board member of Farmer's Bank and Trust, the community bank that has served central Kansas for 100 years.  In Congress, Dr. Marshall serves on the House Ag Committee, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and the House Small Business Committee.

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NAFB Summer Agribusiness Luncheon


2018 NAFB Agribusiness Luncheon

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to partner with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting on their 2018 Summer Agribusiness Luncheon, Tuesday, July 10, at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room at Union Station. Enjoy networking, a complimentary lunch, and guest speaker, Terri Moore from the Center for Food Integrity.


Terri Moore is a director at the Center for Food Integrity. She joined CFI in 2015 guided by the belief that increasing consumer trust is key to future food system success.

Terri served as communications director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as the Deputy Director of Communications at the White House, as Chief of Staff in the Senate and as Communications Director for a Governor. In those roles, she witnessed the power of transparency, led public engagement campaigns and jokes about having managed "a crisis a day." Her early career as a journalist provides perspective from both sides of the camera.

Throughout her career, she interacted with farmers, ranchers and those throughout the food system. She saw firsthand the widening trust gap with consumers and its consequences. She joined the CFI team with a goal to help close that gap.

Tuesday, July 10 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Union Station Chamber Board Room
30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City MO 64108
Seating is limited. 

*There is such a thing as a free lunch! However, no-shows will be invoiced $50.
For questions, contact Shannon Higgins at shannon@nafb.com or (816) 431-4032 x102.

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June 2018 Meeting

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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Dustin Johansen, Vice President for Osborn Barr as the June 21 Luncheon Meeting Speaker. Dustin will present “Farmers of Tomorrow: Generation Z’s Future in Agriculture”.  In a first study of its kind, Osborn Barr set out to better understand how the next generation views farming/ranching and capture a glimpse into where the future of agriculture is headed. 

This generational shift study titled looks into the future of farming/ranching.  This is initial qualitative research that begins to analyze the gap in attitudes, perceptions and intentions between “Gen Z” (Generation Z 18-to 22-years-olds with an immediate family member farming operation) and “BoomXY” (Baby Boomer, Generation X and millennial farmers age 28 to 74).

As the next generation of farmers/ranchers prepares to take over, there are many challenges and opportunities on the horizon for the agriculture industry.  Gen Z appears to be a tribe that’s even bigger and more mysterious, outsizing the 60 million millennial clan by one million, and the next wave of folks shaping the ag industry.

As Vice President for Osborn Barr, Dustin is responsible for animal agriculture and equipment segments. He previously spent 18 years at Caterpillar Inc, where his most recent position was Agriculture Segment Manager for construction products. He serves as a Board Member for the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, as well as for the CAFNR Alumni Association, University of Missouri, Columbia.

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2018 Awards Luncheon


The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City will honor two of the region’s leading agricultural figures on May 15 at a luncheon in the Chamber Board Room in Kansas City’s historic Union Station.  Agricultural Business Council Chairman Robert Thompson notes the honorees are champions for agriculture in separate but very key areas in the region.  

The honorees are:

  • Lowell Mohler, former director of Missouri Department of Agriculture.  A native of Holt County, Missouri, Mohler served for 26 years as the chief administrator of the Missouri Farm Bureau.  He later served as Missouri Director of Agriculture under Governor Bob Holden.  He is a long-time member of the Missouri State Fair Commission.  He has also served on boards of the Missouri Ducks Unlimited, Missouri Conservation Foundation, and 4-H Foundation of Missouri.  He also served on the Missouri Conservation Commission from 2001 to 2009.  He has been honored by many Missouri agricultural groups, including ALOT, Missouri Ag Industries Council, and the University of Missouri Alumni Association.
  • Dr. Ken Odde has spent his career serving the animal industry including the last 10 years leading the Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry Department. During his tenure as department head, undergraduate enrollment grew from 793 students in 2007 to 1,226 students in 2017 while also increasing faculty and research productivity. Also, under Dr. Odde’s leadership, $32 million in new and renovated facilities were added to the department. Dr. Odde retired as department head in January 2018, today he serves in a faculty role at K-State with a research and teaching appointment. A native of South Dakota, Dr. Odde holds degrees from South Dakota University and Kansas State University.

The honorees will receive the Council’s highest award, the Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence.  “These individuals have had a positive and lasting effect on our community, said Council Chairman Thompson.  “They are strong examples of what being an advocate for agriculture can accomplish.”

The May 15 event will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in Union Station beginning at 11:30 a.m. for networking, followed by lunch at noon. 

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April 2018 Meeting


The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to welcome Jim Gulliford, Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7 in Lenexa, Kansas, to the Council's April 12 Luncheon Meeting at Lathrop Gage.

Jim Gulliford leads the EPA's efforts in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations. He has more than 40 years of experience leading environmental and natural resource protection programs in the Heartland. Jim recently served as Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, where he led the organization from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that he served as Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances (now the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention) from 2006 to 2009, and as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 7 from 2001 to 2006.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in forestry management with a minor in agronomy, and a Master of Science in forestry economics and marketing, both from Iowa State University.

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March 2018 Meeting


Congressional Update on NAFTA & Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran

March 2 • 11:30 a.m. • American Royal

Kansans first elected Jerry Moran to the United States Senate in 2010. Since joining the U.S. Senate, Senator Moran has been a leading advocate for protecting and preserving the special way of life in Kansas.

The Agricultural Business Council welcomes him as the featured speaker at our March 2 luncheon meeting.  He will share an update from Washington, focusing on NAFTA and the 2018 Farm Bill.

Prior to his election to the Senate in November 2010, Moran served Kansans in the “Big First” Congressional district for seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as eight years in the Kansas State Senate – spending the last two years as Majority Leader. As a senior member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, then-Congressman Moran worked with colleagues to craft legislation that allowed Kansas farms and ranches to remain viable in today’s competitive global marketplace, and participated in the implementation of two Farm Bills. Moran was also an active member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee where he served as chairman of the Health Subcommittee.

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Ag Innovation Forum 2018

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February 22, 2018 • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
American Royal • 1701 American Royal Drive • Kansas City MO


Members $85; Non-members $125; Students $30



Lisa Prassack, president, Prassack Advisors, will set the tone for the forum with her overview on emerging technologies in the agricultural sector.  She will also share her insights on what she is hearing that people want in terms of new technology.  And consumers . . . what do they think about this?  Her career includes work as the PMO for Agrium’s acquisition of Viterra and as Trimble Agriculture’s Strategic Marketing Director, where she was responsible for precision farming strategy, planning, M&A and global strategic partnerships with companies including John Deere, Dow Agrosciences, BASF, Land O’ Lakes, CHS, AGCO, Monsanto-Climate and DuPont Pioneer.  

Developing New Ideas

These entrepreneurs will share their stories, ambitions, and expectations in bringing new technologies to agriculture.

  • Kevin Heikes is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for IN10T, a digital agriculture company focused on solving farmer adoption challenges in agriculture.  Using the latest technologies and processes IN10T works with both farmers and agri-business to combine application of science, data analytics, computer science, engineering and service to improve the execution of digital agriculture.
  • Jason Tatge is Co-Founder & CEO of Farmobile, a company created to provide farmers with real time access and ownership of their farming information.   After successfully exiting from his previous high-tech start-up, Jason has been intensely focused on using IoT devices to passively collect data from farm equipment as farmers operate on their land. 
  • Jerrod Westfahl is COO of AgriSync, an app that enables farmers and advisors to connect and resolve support issues on the farm. Farmers can connect with multiple advisors from different companies to submit and receive support in real-time via video. Advisors can manage multiple service tickets through a dashboard and remote video that allows them to see what the farmer sees in real-time. 

Making Ideas Flourish

There are many elements that must come together for an entrepreneur to succeed.  Several universities in the region have highly-touted entrepreneurial programs.  The University environment can also provide assistance in commercializing new ideas.

  • Chris Fender leads the University of Missouri’s Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations (OTMIR) which facilitates the commercialization of advanced technology and intellectual property at MU.  Chris oversees the work of 16 staff members and seven student assistants.   Previously, Fender conducted plant-breeding research at Monsanto and Asgrow Seed Co. He is a co-inventor of a patented method used to compare genotypes in soybean tissue samples. 
  • Tom Field, PhD, is the Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  An enthusiastic advocate for free enterprise, the potential of young people and opportunities in both agriculture and rural communities, Tom is a fifth-generation cattleman, who challenges audiences to lead their organizations to excellence by asking the right questions and seeking solutions beyond conventional wisdom.
  • Barry Adams is a Founding and Managing Partner of Prairie Crest Capital, LLC, which is a Midwest-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in promising, transformational agriculture and technology innovation. Previously, Barry was a Principal at ColBridge Capital Management, LLC, an event driven hedge fund. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Taking Your Idea Mainstream


Jeremy Williams is vice president of agriculture productivity innovations at Monsanto Company where he leads ag productivity innovations, formerly known as chemistry technology.  He began his career at Divergence Inc, leading the company’s bioinformatics and target gene discovery efforts.  He oversaw the MON 102100 research program which, with the firm’s acquisition by Monsanto, became the key element of Monsanto’s Nemastrike technology.   He is a co-inventor of several patents held by Divergence and its collaborators.  Jeremy will share his experience with what happens when an innovator teams up with a larger player. 

Is Your Runway Long Enough?


Dan Cosgrove is vice president, business development at DuPont Pioneer where he leads a group responsible for mergers and acquisitions, venture investment and all licensing and collaboration activity at Pioneer. Prior to taking a business development role, Cosgrove was the leader of the intellectual property group and corporate counsel at Pioneer.  Dan also serves as a venture partner at Radical Ag Tech Acceleration Fund where he mentors in Radicle’s venture partner network.  He is a member of the Iowa Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy and a former board member of the Agriculture Future of America.



Tim Hammerich is an Agribusiness Recruiter and the host of the “Future of Agriculture” weekly podcast. He owns the Texas office of AGRI-associates and is the Founder of AgGrad.com, which helps students and young professionals find their place in modern agriculture. Tim is a former National FFA President who spent the first eight years of his career in the feed and grain industry.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Silver Level - $500 sponsorship – includes one complimentary registration, logo displayed in event slideshow and listed in meeting invitations as a sponsor
  • Gold Level - $1,000 sponsorship – includes two complimentary registrations, promotional opportunities listed for silver level, plus logo included in event signage
  • Platinum Level -- $2,500 sponsorship – includes three complimentary registrations, promotional opportunities listed for gold & silver levels, plus logo included in event program
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Thank you to our sponsors!

Dairy Farmers of America
MCC Business & Technology
MFA Incorporated

Compass Minerals
Kansas Department of Agriculture
Missouri Soybean Association

American Royal
FCS Financial
Frontier Farm Credit
Kansas Corn
Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received by February 15 for refund. No refunds will be provided after February 15. Registrations are transferable.

Further Information

Contact Erica Venancio for further information at: erica.venancio@agbizkc.com or 816-912-2084

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January 2018 Meeting


Shook, Hardy & Bacon has graciously offered to host the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City in January, for what has become a traditional legal update for the Council.  This year's session will be held January 18, 2018 at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon offices at 2555 Grand Boulevard in Kansas City.


Shook's Annual Legal Update will feature a keynote presentation by Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and president of Look East, titled "Why Aren't They Listening? How to Earn Trust in Ag Biotech". Other Shook lawyers will provide a legal update in the agriculture and food space, and further discuss the issues surrounding agricultural biotechnology.

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December 2017 Meeting

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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City will hold it's annual meeting and December monthly luncheon on December 7, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm, at the Grand Street Cafe in Kansas City, MO. 

Our featured speaker will be Ed Elder, President of Colliers Kansas City to talk about the downtown renaissance in Kansas City. Ed joined the firm in 1995 as a shareholder and is now responsible for overseeing all brokerage operations of the Kansas City, Missouri and Lawrence, Kansas offices. Ed's specialty is in the sale and leasing of industrial properties along with providing clients expertise on site selection and development services for new construction in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Please try to arrive promptly for this 11:30 a.m. event as this meeting also serves as the Council's Annual Meeting, so we will receive the report of the Nominating Committee on officers and board members for 2017, plus a brief re-cap of this year's activities and a financial report.

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November 2017 Meeting


The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to again be holding the November monthly meeting in conjunction with the Agriculture Future of America's annual Leaders Conference at the Sheraton Crown Center.  This outstanding event, now in its 21st year, accepts over 800 of the nation’s top college-age agricultural leaders from over 43 states and 90 colleges and universities.  The breakfast meeting will feature Vern Hawkins, Regional Director, North America, President, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC

Vern’s service with Syngenta goes back over 30 years. He has held a number of global and domestic business management roles and has broad commercial leadership experience.  Vern was promoted to President of Syngenta Crop Protection in 2010 and he continues to grow Syngenta’s longstanding market leader position in crop protection under his leadership.

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October 2017 Meeting


General Richard Myers, the newly inaugurated president of Kansas State University, will be the featured speaker for the Council’s October 19 luncheon meeting.  The luncheon will begin at the usual 11:30 a.m. start time, and will be held at K-State’s Olathe Campus, 22201 Innovation Drive (22201 College Blvd. for GPS users), Olathe, KS 66061. 

The Council’s luncheon will take place during Kansas State’s Professional Development Conference, “Leading through Change,” and will be a joint luncheon with conference attendees. All AgBizKC members are welcome to register at a discounted rate for the conference, featuring Bruce Tulgan, one of the nation’s leaders in management training and generational diversity, discussing leading through workplace change.

General Myers has enjoyed a very distinguished career.  A native of Kansas City and an alumnus of Kansas State University, General Myers is the 14th president of Kansas State University and a retired four-star general in the United States Air Force.  He served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001-2005.   As Chairman, he was the highest ranking uniformed officer of the United States' military forces.

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Ag Outlook Forum


This year has already proven to be very challenging for farmers, agribusiness and rural America. With a new Administration, a new Congress, and debate already starting on the 2018 Farm Bill, this is a great time to connect with top-notch leaders across agriculture and rural America, including:

  • Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George
  • Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
  • Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson
  • John Deere Senior Vice President John Lagemann
  • Kansas City Southern President & CEO Patrick Ottensmeyer
  • Cargill Corporate Vice President Brian Sikes
  • Agri-Pulse Editor-in-Chief, Sara Wyant

September 28, 2017


Stinson Leonard Street Offices - 1201 Walnut St # 2900, Kansas City, MO 64106


1:00 PM      Doors Open

1:30 PM      Ag Outlook Forum

5:00 PM     Reception

Registration is $120 for Agricultural Business Council members and $150 for non-members.  Event parking at Stinson Leonard Street is complimentary*. Advanced registration is required.  There are a limited number of seats and we expect the event to sell-out, so please register early. For more information call 816-912-2084 or email erica.venancio@agbizkc.com. 


Registration is now available by e-mail only. Please e-mail erica.venancio@agbizkc.com for more information. Thank you!

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*Complimentary validated parking is available in the Town Pavilion Garage, which adjoins the Stinson Leonard Street building (at 1201 Walnut). There are entrances to the parking garage off of Grand and Walnut between 12th and 13th Streets.

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August 18 Roundtable

DHS Acting Secretary and Senators McCaskill and Roberts to Hold KC Roundtable on Protecting the Nation's Food Supply

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to host a roundtable discussion on August 18.  The session will be held at the American Royal, 1701 American Royal Court, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The roundtable, which will include Senators Pat Roberts and Claire McCaskill, as well as Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke, will discuss how we can better secure and protect our agricultural goods and livestock from terrorist and naturally occurring threats. It will include a discussion of Roberts' and McCaskill's legislation "Securing Our Agriculture and Food Act", which was recently signed into law by President Trump and mandates the Department of Homeland Security have preparedness policies to protect livestock, limit the spread of contagious diseases, and keep food from being contaminated if terrorist attacks and/or natural disasters occur. 

Missouri is particularly at risk when it comes to agriculture threats. With almost 100,000 farms across the state spanning over 28 million acres, the agriculture industry generates $88.4 billion a year for the state's economy. The state has the second largest number of farms in the country and is one of the top producers for a number of crops including long grain rice, cotton, soybean, and corn. One in ten Missouri jobs are in the agriculture or forestry industries.

Prevention, preparedness, and research in bio-ag defense are also critical to Kansas.  There are roughly 60,000 farms in Kansas, farming over 45 million acres. In 2016, Kansas was the number one state in sorghum production, number two in wheat production, third in cattle - with 6.4 million head, and 10th in hogs and pigs.  Additionally, agriculture contributes $67.5 billion annually, which is roughly 44.5% of the state's total economy. 

The roundtable will feature Secretary Duke and Senators Roberts and McCaskill along with other panelists.  All Council members are welcome to attend as observers and members of the audience.  There is no registration fee for this event,  although pre-registration is required.

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August 2017 Meeting


Council Welcomes Congressman Kevin Yoder

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City looks forward to welcoming Congressman Kevin Yoder to the Council's August 16 Luncheon Meeting.  

Representative Kevin Yoder is a 5th generation Kansan and grew up on a grain and livestock farm in rural Kansas near a town called Yoder. It was on his family farm where Kevin learned the true value of hard work, and saw first-hand the ingenuity and prairie spirit that makes Kansas such a special place. He represents the Third Congressional District of Kansas, which includes Johnson County, Wyandotte County and the northeast corner of Miami County.

In 2017, Kevin was sworn in for his fourth term and returns to the House Appropriations Committee. In the 115th Congress, he will serve as the Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, as well as continue to serve on the Agriculture and Financial Services Subcommittees, focusing on balancing the federal budget, reducing the national debt, and supporting policies that help private sector job growth.

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Summer Social Hour

Who says we're all business?

Come unwind after a long, busy work week with fellow Council members at The Majestic, in their Jazz Club (Lower Level - 931 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105) on Thursday, July 13.

The event will offer hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for attendees!

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Ag Innovation Forum

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Innovation continues to bring new technology, knowledge and opportunity to agriculture.  This forum will focus on three key areas:  gene-editing, animal agriculture and big data.

Tom Brand, Executive Director, National Association of Farm Broadcasters

Kip Tom, CEO, Tom Farms
“Embracing Innovation Can Fuel Greater Efficiency”



  • “New Technology to Accelerate Breeding in Agriculture,” Dr. Mark Cigan, Trait Development Director, Genus Research

  • “The Potential for Gene-editing in Cereal Crops,” Dr. Eduard Akhunov, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University

Animal Agriculture

  • “The Technology Revolution Comes to Animal Agriculture,” Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology/ Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University
  • “Using Technology to More Effectively Diagnose Sick Animals,” Dr. Jason Nickell, Associate Director, Livestock Technology and Innovation, Merck Animal Health
  • “Using Gene Mapping to Better Select and Manage Livestock,” Dr. Jerry Taylor, Curators' Professor of Genetics and Animal Sciencesand Wurdack Chair of Animal Genomics, University of Missouri

Big Data

  • “Overview of Technology Platforms Available to Producers,” Dr. Ray Asebedo, Professor of Precision Agriculture, Kansas State University

  • “Utilizing the Data,” C.J. Blew, producer, Castleton, KS

  • “When Things Go Bump in the Night . . .  What You Never Wanted to Know About the Internet,” Ron Kuriscak, Managing Executive Director, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Optiv Security Inc.


Members, $125; Non-members, $175

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AgBiz After Hours - May 2017


Business Applications for Social Media

May 25, 2017 | 4 - 5:30 PM

Our panel of industry experts will share their insight on social media and its potential plus ideas for developing a strategy, understanding what works and what doesn’t, and that nettlesome bottom line – how do you measure its ROI?

This will be a casual round table discussion of benefit to a newcomer looking for basic information as well as a veteran looking for a few tips to up their game.  We are delighted to welcome these experts:

  • Melanie Rice, director of sales – ag, rural and equine, Carbon Media Group
  • Jon McDonald, digital communication manager, Look East
  • Scott Stebner, director of communications, Kansas Beef Council

Join us May 25, 4-5:30 pm
Teocali Mexican Restaurant
2512 Holmes Street, KCMO
$30/members; $40/non-members

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May 2017 Meeting

“The Power of Data and Analytics in Shaping Opinions”

Jeff Roe, Founder, Axiom Strategies

May 17 • 11:30 a.m. • American Royal

Jeff Roe is Kansas City’s most prominent political strategist and an emerging power on the national scene.  He is best known for his data-driven and bare-knuckled approach to politics as well as his role as campaign manager for Ted Cruz’s 2016 run for president.

The Agricultural Business Council welcomes him as the featured speaker at our May 17 luncheon meeting.  He will share an overview of the current political environment and discuss how his firm uses cutting edge technology to analyze data and execute campaigns to persuade.

Jeff has helped elect 44 congressmen, 6 senators and 5 governors nationwide.  Axiom Strategies’ footprint now covers every region of the country.

He will often point to his roots growing up on a hog farm near Brookfield, Missouri.  His early political experience came as an aide to Sam Graves, helping with his election to the State Senate and later as a Member of Congress.  Jeff later served as Mr. Graves’ chief of staff.  He founded Axiom Strategies in 2005.

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Ag Town Hall with Secretary Perdue

In his first trip outside the Beltway since being confirmed, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Kansas City on April 28 for an Ag Town Hall with producers, associations, and related businesses.  The Town Hall will begin at 9:15 a.m. and is being held at the American Royal.  You and members of the agricultural community are invited to attend.

You must register in advance for the session which you can do at the RSVP link above. Those who register will be able to print tickets and those tickets will need to be presented at the event for entry. 

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April 2017 Meeting

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Dealing with Immigration Policy Changes in the Trump Administration

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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Angela Ferguson, Austin & Ferguson LLC, to the April 20 luncheon meeting.  Angela has been practicing immigration law in Kansas City since 1987 and is currently an owner in the firm of Austin & Ferguson, L.L.C.  

She is the immediate past chair of the Missouri/Kansas American Immigration Lawyers Association Chapter and she has been involved with AILA National on a variety of levels over the years.  Angela is a KU graduate, former Adjunct Professor at KU and Washburn Law Schools and a strong community advocate for better immigration laws.  

Angela will provide an update on the status of immigration rules and insight on the implications of change for the agricultural sector.

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Cocktails with Brian

Please join us for cocktails with Brian Klippenstein on March 23 to hear his insights on the Trump Administration.  Brian, as you probably know, was one of the leaders of the Administration's "landing team" at USDA where he has helped with policy and personnel issues.  His insights on the process should be interesting and informative - giving us a bit of perspective on what one might expect in broad terms from a USDA under President Trump.

Join us March 23, 4-5 pm
The Drop on Martini Corner
409 East 31st Street, KCMO
$30/members; $40/non-members

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2017 Awards Luncheon

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Agricultural Business Council to Honor Three Agribusiness Leaders

January 9, 2017, KANSAS CITY, MO:  The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City will honor three of the region’s leading business figures on March 16 at a luncheon in the Chamber Board Room in Kansas City’s historic Union Station.  Agricultural Business Council Chairman Cliff Becker notes the honorees are champions for agriculture in separate but very key areas in the region. 

The honorees are:

  • Glen O. Klippenstein, Klippenstein Farms, Maysville, MO.  Klippenstein rose to prominence as the partner/operator of GlenKirk Farms which was one of the nation’s top purebred cattle operations.  From 1966 to 1993, GlenKirk Farms sold more than 7,000 bulls and 7,500 females into all 50 states and 22 countries.  His industry and civic service has included:  two-term chairman of the National Beef Promotion and Research Board; chairman, American Polled Hereford Association; director, National Cattlemen’s Association; member and vice chair of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation Board; CEO of the American Chianina Association; and as a member of both the Missouri State House of Representatives (2011-2013) and Missouri Senate (1993-94)
  • Ken McCauley, K & M Farms, White Cloud, KS.  McCauley, along with his wife, Mary, and son, Brad and his wife, farm corn and soybeans on 4600 acres of no-till cropland.  McCauley is a past president of the National Corn Growers Association (2007).  He is also a member and past chairman of the Kansas Corn Commission, former board chair of the Kansas Corn Growers Association, member of the National Association of Farm Broadcaster’s Board, and trustee of Iowa Township, Doniphan County, Kansas.
  • Dr. Thomas L. Payne, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CAFNR), University of Missouri.  Dr. Payne has just retired from his position as vice chancellor and dean of CAFNR, a position he held since 1999.  An entomologist by training, he was head of the Entomology Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute from 1987-1993, before moving on to the Ohio State University where he was associate vice president from 1993-1998.  His tenure at Mizzou was marked by growth in the college’s research programs, recruitment of world-class faculty members and an increase in private funds raised in support of the college.

The honorees will receive the Council’s highest award, the Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence. 

“These individuals have had a positive and lasting effect on our community, said Council Chairman Becker.  “They are strong examples of what being an advocate for agriculture can accomplish.”

The March 16 event will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd in Kansas City, MO) beginning at 11:30 a.m. for networking followed by lunch at noon.  

For more information contact Erica Venancio @ 816-912-2084 or erica.venancio@agbizkc.com.

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11:00 AM11:00

February 2017 Meeting


Dr. Bob Young, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Panel Discussion:

  • Chad Bontrager, Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Chris Chinn, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture
  • Warren Erdman, EVP Administration & Corporate Affairs, Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Bill Krueger, Lansing Trade Group LLC
  • Kevin Smith, Assistant Vice President, International Sales, Seaboard Foods

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


 This special "expanded luncheon event" will focus on agricultural trade issues.  In particular, current trade issues and the importance of US-Mexico trade to Midwest agriculture. 

Presenting Sponsors:




Event Partners Include:

  • Kansas Corn
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • Missouri Corn
  • Missouri Farm Bureau


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11:30 AM11:30

January 2017 Meeting

Shook, Hardy & Bacon has graciously offered to host the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City in January, for what has become a traditional legal update for the Council.  This year's session will be held January 19, 2017 at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon offices at 2555 Grand Boulevard in Kansas City.

Shook’s Annual Legal Update will feature a keynote presentation by its D.C.-based Public Policy Partner Mark Behrens about potential legal reform to federal, Kansas and Missouri laws governing civil lawsuits and the potential effect of passage of new legislation on businesses, including agribusinesses. Other Shook lawyers will touch briefly on potential emerging topics under a new administration, including EPA, FDA, employment and trade issues.

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11:30 AM11:30

December 2016 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Woody Cozad, founder of Cozad Company Government Relations to the December 8 luncheon and annual meeting.

Our featured speaker will be political observer Woody Cozad who will provide an election overview and comments on the regulatory state of Missouri.  You may be familiar with Cozad who is often a panelist on KCPT's "Ruckus" program.  He has enjoyed a distinguished career, including 20 years as a practicing attorney with Stinson Morrison, serving as Chairman of Missouri's Republican party, a term on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and as Chairman of Missouri's Highway and Transportation Commission.  He is a veteran of Missouri's political scene and his comments promise to bring insight to the recent election and what to expect looking forward.

Please try to arrive promptly for this 11:30 a.m. event as this meeting also serves as the Council's Annual Meeting, so we will receive the report of the Nominating Committee on officers and board members for 2017, plus a brief re-cap of this year's activities and a financial report.

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7:00 AM07:00

November 2016 Meeting

  • Sheraton Crown Center Hotel Empire A (map)
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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is pleased to again be holding the November monthly meeting in conjunction with the Agriculture Future of America's annual Leaders Conference at the Westin Crown Center.  This outstanding event, now in its 20th year, accepts over 600 of the nation’s top college-age agricultural leaders from over 30 states and 90 colleges and universities.  The breakfast meeting will feature Carl Casale, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHS.  CHS is a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nations largest member-owned cooperative.

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11:30 AM11:30

October 2016 Meeting

  • Grand Street Cafe -- Plaza East Room (map)
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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome U.S. Congressman Billy Long, 7th District of Missouri, to the Council's October 20 luncheon meeting.  

For over thirty years, Congressman Long was a real estate broker and owner of Billy Long Auctions, LLC in Springfield, along with being a radio talk show host from 1999-2006 on KWTO AM560.  His experience running a small business and his time taking calls on the radio from concerned citizens gives him a unique understanding of the challenges facing families and small businesses in the Ozarks.  His top priority in Washington is to stop the irresponsible spending and overreaching of modern day Washington.

Billy is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He serves on three critical Energy and Commerce Subcommittees: Communications and Technology; Energy and Power; and Health.

In addition to his small-business ownership, Long was a member of the National Association of Realtors, National Auctioneers Association, and the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Association for over 30 years each.  Long has been inducted into the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Hall of Fame.  Long also holds memberships in the National Rifle Association and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Billy and his wife Barbara were married in 1984 at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, of which they are still members and attend regularly. 

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11:00 AM11:00

September 2016 Meeting

  • Union Station - Chamber Boardroom (map)
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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Josh Roe, Kansas Department of Agriculture to share the recently completed analysis on the impact of agriculture on the regional economy. The report will be released by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, the American Royal, and the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.

The luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8 at the Chamber Boardroom in Union Station.

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3:00 PM15:00

Ag Business Outlook

  • Kansas City Public Library - Central (map)
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The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is hosting a roundtable forum on the food/ag business outlook.   The roundtable will feature a number of key executives from some of the region's most influential companies.  

Panel Moderator: Terry Christenberry, Managing Director, CC Capital Advisors, Inc.

Keynote: Esther George, president & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City


  • Kevin Barth, President, Commerce Bank
  • Dr. Albrecht Kissel, President & CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • John Lagemann, Senior Vice President, John Deere
  •  Fran Malecha, CEO, Compass Minerals
  • Ken McCauley, President, K & M Farms Inc., and Past President, National Corn Growers Association
  • Pat Ottensmeyer, President & CEO, Kansas City Southern

Cost: $50/members; $65/non-members

Presented by: John Deere & Bryan Cave

Sponsored by: Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Rabo AgriFinance, & Kansas Corn.

Additional sponsorships available.  Contact erica.venancio@agbizkc.com

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