Agricultural Business Council honors individuals

Monday, June 16, 2014

On June 2 at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in historic Union Station, the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City honored three of the region's leading business figures who have been civic champions for agriculture in separate but very key issue areas in the 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," Chairman of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City Mike Johanning said.

The 2014 Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence, named in honor of the late Jay B. Dillingham, is awarded annually to those who embody the leadership, spirit and drive which fuels the Heartland's agribusiness industry.

A record crowd representing the Kansas City area agriculture industry, including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, packed the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board Room at Union Station. The awards program was filled with wit, charm and emotion as each honoree -- Bill Jackson, general manager of AGRIServices of Brunswick; professor Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University and Jere White, former executive director of Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Corn Commission and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association -- lived up to their introductions as straight shooters.