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2015 Awards Luncheon

  • Union Station 30 W Pershing Rd Kansas City, MO, 64108 United States (map)

On June 17 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 Mike Johanning, Chairman of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.

The 2015 Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence, named in honor of the late Jay B. Dillingham, will be awarded to Dr. Brady Deaton, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Dee Likes, Chief Executive Emeritus, Kansas Livestock Association, and the Honorable Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator, Kansas.

Dr. Brady Deaton served as chancellor of the University of Missouri (MU) from 2004-2013, after joining the University as a professor and chair of the agricultural economics department in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in 1989.  In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Deaton the chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD).

Dee Likes served as CEO of the Kansas Livestock Association for three decades, working tirelessly on behalf of Kansas livestock producers.  During his tenure with the association, Likes positioned KLA as one of the most respected lobbying organizations in Kansas.

Senator Bob Dole, a national leader and Kansas legend, is also a 27-year veteran of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.  Dole worked on virtually every major piece of farm legislation during that time, but perhaps none was more important than the 1985 Farm Bill.

The June 17 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.  

Event is approaching sell-out status.  Please contact Erica Venancio ( to reserve your seat prior to making payment.  Tickets are $85 per person or $600 for a table of eight.  

Earlier Event: May 14
May 2015 Luncheon
Later Event: July 20
Kansas City: Our Town, Our Food