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Six years ago, a handful of passionate individuals met in a Wichita restaurant with a vision of creating a dynamic, networking organization that would promote agriculture in a changing world. Today, the Agri-Business Council of Wichita (ABCW) has grown to encompass approximately 80 businesses, association and individual members who want to make an agricultural impact on their community.

Headquartered in Kansas' largest city, the ABCW serves to bridge the gap between agribusiness owners and leaders in and around Wichita and fellow citizens who might not recognize the impact agriculture has on their profession. The food and fiber system, including production agriculture, is part of Wichita's past and is important to our future. Now, there is a place where leaders of this strong Kansas industry can facilitate growth and build awareness of their contributions to the region.

The Agri-Business Council of Wichita serves as a unique forum for individuals, businesses and organizations to network and socialize. The organization holds bi-monthly luncheons with high-caliber speakers. These noon gatherings bring more than 30 ABCW members and sponsors together for a powerful, positive session. The networking lunches are the organization's bread and butter and are organized by the group's leadership team. Seated on the ABCW board are some of the state's best and brightest agriculture business leaders – people who are connected and understand what is important to the Kansas economy.

In 2007, the ABCW hosted BioNXT, a two-day informational conference that brought together bioscience-related companies and interests in south-central Kansas.

In 2010, ABCW leaders held a second symposium, AgriNXT, Dec. 7-8, at the Hyatt Regency, Wichita. The AgriNXT crowd heard from keynote and breakout speakers including Michal Doane, Monsanto; Jon Gribble, Black & Veatch; Keith Miller, U.S. Meat Federation; Andrew Meyers, Kansas Polymer Research Center and Joseph Glauber, chief economist, USDA.

Thank You to AgriNXT Sponsors: Cargill, Boeing, Armstrong Shank, Mid America Ag Network, INTRUST Bank, CoBank, ICM, Inc., Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors, Kansas Alliance for Bioenergy, Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Biosciences Authority. Special thanks to the Kansas World Trade Center for its help in hosting the successful event.

The Agri-Business Council of Wichita is a place to discuss emerging issues and opportunities with fellow agricultural professionals and educate government leaders, media, community and youth groups on the importance of agriculture. Most importantly, it offers a venue to collaborate on common goals that will help define the future of agriculture in our region. Check out our Membership Page to join our popular agribusiness industry organization.