Nov
3
7:00am 7:00am

November 2017 Meeting

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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 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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Oct
19
11:30am11:30am

October 2017 Meeting

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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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Sep
28
1:30pm 1:30pm

Ag Outlook Forum

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

LOCATION: 

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

PROGRAM:

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:

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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Aug
18
10:00am10:00am

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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Aug
16
11:30am11:30am

August 2017 Meeting

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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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Jul
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

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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Jun
14
11:00am11:00am

Ag Innovation Forum

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.

Moderator
Tom Brand, Executive Director, National Association of Farm Broadcasters

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

Panels

Gene-Editing

  • “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.

Registration

Members, $125; Non-members, $175

Thank you to our event sponsors:

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May
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

AgBiz After Hours - May 2017

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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
17
11:30am11:30am

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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Apr
28
9:15am 9:15am

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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Apr
20
11:30am11:30am

April 2017 Meeting

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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Mar
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

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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Mar
16
11:30am11:30am

2017 Awards Luncheon

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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Feb
22
11:00am11:00am

February 2017 Meeting

Featuring:

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

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | UNION STATION CHAMBER BOARDROOM

 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:

BARTLETT GRAIN

COBANK

KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN RAILWAY

Event Partners Include:

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

 

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Jan
19
11:30am11:30am

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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Dec
8
11:30am11:30am

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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Nov
4
7:00am 7:00am

November 2016 Meeting

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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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Oct
20
11:30am11:30am

October 2016 Meeting

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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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Sep
8
11:00am11:00am

September 2016 Meeting

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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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Aug
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

Ag Business Outlook

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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

Participants:

  • 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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Jul
14
4:30pm 4:30pm

Summer Social Hour

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Who says we're all business?

Come unwind after a long, busy work week with fellow Council members at The Drum Room at the Hilton President Kansas City (1329 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO) on Thursday, July 14.

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

And at six o'clock, if you want to continue the fun, make plans to attend the FFA Alumni Development Conference - Kick Off Reception. It begins at 6 p.m., and if you are not registered for the conference, you can purchase tickets to the reception-only from Kristie Larson (KristieL@AmericanRoyal.com) or J.J. Jones (JJ@LookEast.com).

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Jun
14
11:00am11:00am

Issue Forum: Consumer Driven Changes in the Food/Agriculture Industry

 FEATURING EXPERT PRESENTATIONS ON:

FOOD QUALITY/FOOD SAFETY

DELIVERING A SAFE, QUALITY PRODUCT TO OUR CUSTOMERS, EVERY DAY

Ed Holland, Treat America

TACKLING CRISIS MANAGEMENT

During and After the First 48 Hours - Amy te Plate Church, Look East

Legal Considerations - Mark Anstoetter, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Risk Management - Dr. Arthur Miller, Exponent Inc.

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

A HEALTHY FOOD CHAIN STARTS HERE

Dr. Rodrigo Santibanez, Merck Animal Health

MOM AT THE MEAT COUNTER

Dr. Janeal Yancey, University of Arkansas

FOOD MARKETING

THE CONSUMERS RIGHT TO KNOW

Julie Savoie, Grocery Manufacturers Association

A PRO-ACTIVE MARKETING INITIATIVE IN AN ERA OF HIGH ANXIETY

Amy Winger, VML

SOURCING CHALLENGES

Adam Kamerer, Sysco Kansas City

DEMONSTRATING DAIRY'S COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE, COMMUNITIES, PLANET

Kathleen Cuddy, Midwest Dairy Association

UNDERSTANDING THE LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS

Mark Anstoetter, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

SPONSORED BY:

  • Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Fund
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • American Hereford Association
  • Kansas Livestock Association
  • Lathrop & Gage LLP
  • Look East
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May
19
11:30am11:30am

May 2016 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Ernie Verslues, President & CEO, MFA Incorporated to the May 19 luncheon meeting at the American Royal.  

Verslues was appointed to that position in 2015 and has 27 years of cooperative business experience at MFA, from Corporate Tax Manager, to Regional Manager, to Senior Vice President of Finance, and Chief Financial Officer.

Verslues has played key roles in important corporate functions including the acquisition of many of the cooperative’s successful expansion and joint venture efforts, implementation of information technology for the company, and corporate finance. Verslues has served an integral role in MFA’s strategic planning process, including identifying goals and objectives and planning for corporate action.

Verslues graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in accounting from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. He was raised on his parents’ dairy farm near Taos, Mo. Verslues and his wife, Jan, have three grown children.

MFA Incorporated celebrated its 100th year in 2014 as a cooperative built by farmers and ranchers, for farmers and ranchers. Its purpose is to provide quality products, services and professional advice to producers across the spectrum of Midwest agriculture.

The cooperative has 145 company-owned Agri Services Centers, as well as 24 local affiliates with 20 branches, a wide network of independent cooperatives and dealers, and serves 45,000 farmers and ranchers in five states.

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Apr
21
11:30am11:30am

April 2016 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Tracy Brunner, 2016 National Cattlemen's Beef Association President to the April 21 luncheon meeting at the American Royal.  

Tracy Brunner is the 4th generation on his family operation located in Ramona, Kansas. He has served as president of his family corporation since its inception in 1988. Tracy manages the feed yard and the yearling grazing operation. He also oversees the cattle and grain marketing decisions, commodity risk management, customer relations, and financial reports.Tracy's family also operates a seed stock enterprise raising bulls and replacement heifers for many ranchers throughout the U.S. 

Tracy graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 with a degree in Animal Science. Through the years he has held many leadership positions in the beef industry including; Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) President, KLA Executive Committee, Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee, KLA PAC Chairman, KLA Advisory Council and Kansas Governor's Agriculture Advisory Board. 

Not only has Tracy been very active at the state level he has been active at the national level as well. He was the Policy Division Chair in 2009. He was on the Executive Committee from 2005 until 2009 and Tracy served on the NCBA Board from 1998-2011. 

Tracy believes good cattle industry leadership focuses on working together to help NCBA members achieve their goals of prosperity and maintaining their lifestyle, through profitable and sustainable farm and ranch businesses. 

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Mar
10
11:30am11:30am

2016 Awards Luncheon

Agricultural Business Council to Honor Three Agribusiness Leaders

January 11, 2016, KANSAS CITY, MO:  On March 10 at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in historic Union Station, the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City will honor three of the region’s leading business figures who have been civic champions for agriculture in separate but very key issue areas in our region.

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

The 2016 Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence, named in honor of the late Jay B. Dillingham, will be awarded to the Honorable Kit Bond, former U.S. Senator, Missouri, Dr. Bud Hertzog, Lee's Summit Animal Hospital, and Russ Weathers, CEO, Agriculture Future of America.

  • Senator Kit Bond served four terms as U.S. Senator from Missouri. During his time in the U.S. Senate, he became a recognized expert and leader on a wide range of subjects, including international trade and Asia; transportation and economic development; cyberintelligence and national security; and plant biotechnology. He was a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ranking member and Chairman of the subcommittees that fund the nation's housing and transportation programs.
  • Dr. Bud Hertzog is a partner in the Lee's Summit Animal Hospital, has been the official veterinarian for both the Kansas City Zoo and the Kansas City American Royal.  He is a past president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and past executive chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He also served on the Jackson County Legislature, the Lee's Summit School Board, as well as other civic organizations.
  • Russ Weathers is chief executive officer of Agriculture Future of America. AFA was founded in 1996 and Russ became the organization's first executive in January 1997.  Under his leadership, AFA has grown to become the premiere agriculture organization for college students, preparing a new generation of agriculture leaders.  AFA has partnered with rural communities, colleges and universities, businesses, corporations, and foundations to provide more than $8 million dollars in leader and academic scholarships.

The March 10 event will be hosted at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd in Kansas City, MO) at 11:30 a.m. for networking and noon for lunch.  Watch www.agbizkc.com for more information.

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Feb
25
11:00am11:00am

February 2016 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Mike Beal, Vice President, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Ball's Food Stores to the February 25 luncheon meeting at the American Royal.  

Mike has held a number of positions both within and outside of the grocery industry. Within the grocery industry, he has managed stores for Balls Food Stores, created and managed the data processing or “IT” department, served as programmer and system analyst, held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Balls Food Stores and now serves in his current position as Vice President, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

Mike has responsibility for all areas of Balls Food Stores retail operations for its Hen House, Price Chopper and Payless Discount Foods brands.  Immediately prior to his current tenure at Balls Food Stores, Mike earned a law degree and practiced in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters for nine years with a local law firm, and then a national law firm.

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Jan
21
11:30am11:30am

January 2016 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 21, 2016 at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon offices at 2555 Grand Boulevard in Kansas City.

Speakers this year include Jim Muehlberger and Jara Settles with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, who will be speaking on "natural" consumer class action litigation.  The keynote speaker will be John Kuckelman, General Counsel for Elanco Animal Health.  In his role, John leads the global legal team, which has responsibilities for the legal affairs of Elanco around the world. 

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Dec
10
11:30am11:30am

December 2015 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Peter Hofherr, Chairman and CEO, St. James Winery and Chairman of the Missouri Wine & Grape Board to the December 10 luncheon and annual meeting at Lidia's Kansas City. 

The Hofherr family opened St. James Winery in 1970, with an original production of 8,000 gallons. This offering included the now familiar Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba. Velvet Red is still their best seller. The winery remains a family company. 

Peter has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University, an MBA from Georgia State University and a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He previously served as both deputy director and director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and chief of staff for the Missouri Governor.  

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Nov
6
7:00am 7:00am

November 2015 Meeting

  • Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center (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 Sheraton Crown Center.  This outstanding event, now in its 19th year, accepts over 600 of the nation’s top college-age agricultural leaders from over 30 states and 90 colleges and universities.

The featured speaker at the breakfast meeting will be Vance Crowe, Director of Millennial Engagement, Monsanto Co.  Vance describes his role with the company is to help them adapt to a new way of thinking that is in line with the changes that will inevitably come as the next generation hits a critical mass. 

Vance is a former Communications Strategist for the World Bank Group, a returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Kenya, a former communications coordinator at a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Northern California, and was a deckhand on an eco-tourism ship that traveled in the Western Hemisphere.  Vance holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Marquette University and a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Negotiations from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy.

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Oct
16
11:30am11:30am

October 2015 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) to the October 16 luncheon meeting at the American Royal.  A former NASCAR driver and current team owner, Richard got his start in 1969 and earned 76 top-10 finishes in 285 races before handing over driving duties to Dale Earnhardt in 1981.  Together, they established RCR as one of the premier teams in all of motorsports.

Richard is also proprietor of Childress Vineyards, owns Yadkin River Angus, a Black Angus cattle ranch, and is an avid outdoorsmen with a strong commitment to wildlife preservation.

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Sep
10
11:30am11:30am

September 2015 Meeting

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City is delighted to welcome John Dillard, associate attorney with OFW Law to the September 10 luncheon meeting at the American Royal.  John will join us to talk about the development, applications and future regulation/legislation of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
 
John concentrates his practice on litigation, with an emphasis on agriculture, environmental, and food-related matters. He also advises clients on legal issues regarding cutting-edge trends in agriculture, including “big data” and agricultural applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones). 

John is based in Washington DC and has an extensive background in agriculture, having grown up on a beef cattle farm in Amelia, Virginia. He received bachelor’s of science degrees in Animal and Poultry Sciences and Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech. He also earned a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. John worked as an agribusiness consultant and a USDA economist prior to attending law school at the University of Richmond.

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