by DIONNE BERTLING
St. Joseph Post
An excited crowd gathered at Word of Life church in St. Joseph, Missouri for the 17th annual Farm City Breakfast. Former General Manager for Eagle Radio St. Joseph, Gary Exline emceed the event.
There were many sponsors for the event, but the presenting sponsor was Lifeline Foods. The President and CEO of Lifeline, Kevin Kelly wore a distinctive corn suit while presenting a video about Lifeline. Patt Lilly, President and CEO of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce spoke and introduced all the elected officials that were in attendance.
Donnie Miller, a member of the Chamber’s Agribusiness Committee, who was described as the "heart and soul" of the Farm City Breakfast, recognized the many sponsors of the event. Miller also introduced and recognized Greg Clement, the 2020 Ag Hall of Fame award winner.
A St. Joe Stockyards video tribute was presented by Coin In A Log Creative that highlighted Clement's career and others. Clement then presented the 2021 Ag Hall of Fame award to businessman Bob Wollenman.
The Farm City Breakfast is a fundraiser for Agriculture Future of America (AFA), which provides scholarships to local students who pursue degrees and careers in the agriculture field. Exline recognized the students who had received the 2021 scholarships.
The keynote speaker was Scott Stump, FFA Chief Executive Officer. He talked about the FFA being one of the largest school based organizations. He concluded by saying that one should "set goals that both scare and excite you."