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Farm Team

City Team

​City Team

L-R: Jackson Tolle, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation; Dennis Stephens, Monty’s Plant Food; Dwayne Kozlowski, Bulleit Distilling; Calvin Shakes, Jefferson County Farm Bureau; Vincent Paolina, Whayne Supply; and McKenna Wilkes, 2017 Miss Rodeo Missouri.  

Warren Beeler received the 2017 Harold Workman Leadership Award. The award was presented by Dr. C. Oran Little, retired Dean of the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture. (left).

Harold Workman Agriculture Leadership Award
The Harold Workman Leadership Award committee is soliciting nominations for an individual with distinguished service in the field of agriculture. This award is established as a tribute to the men and women who have given unselfishly of their time and efforts in Service to Kentucky’s Agriculture Industry. 

Our thanks to these organizations who

support the Farm City Celebration Luncheon:

  • Kentucky State Fair Board
  • North American International Livestock Exposition
  • Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Beef, pork & fish for luncheon provided by

  • Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
  • Kentucky Pork Producers Association
  • Kentucky Aquaculture Association

2017 Sponsors


​​Produced in partnership with:

L-R: David Bushman, Health Enterprises Network; Doris Sims, Convention & Visitors Bureau; Kristin Wingfeld, Jefferson County Public Schools; Heather Cunningham, Sullivan University; Jeff Wafford, UPS; and McKenna Wilkes, 2017 Miss Rodeo Missouri. 

2017 Wing Tip Rodeo | Winning City Team

2017 Wing Tip Rodeo | Farm Team

The Luncheon

​The Farm City Celebration Luncheon is produced annually by Louisville, Kentucky’s Agribusiness Industry Network. The event celebrates the contributions of the agribusiness industry to the community and recognizes the interdependence of rural and urban economies. It is held in conjunction with the world’s largest, purebred livestock exposition – Louisville’s own North American International Livestock Expo – at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

​​Agribusiness of the Year Award

During the event, the annual Agribusiness of the Year Award winner is announced. The program centers on spotlighting the winner’s business and the aspects of the enterprise that helped earn the award. The nomination deadline for 2018 is June 22nd. Click on the button to the right for the form. 

Mary and Shane Courtney of Courtney Farms accept the 2017 Agribusiness of the Year Award, from Gary Huddleston, Chairman, Agribusiness Industry network (left) and John Launius, manager of economic development at Greater Louisville Inc. (right). Learn more about this year's winner.

Wing Tip Rodeo

The program ends with an entertaining event … the annual Wing Tip Rodeo. Two teams of “cowboys” --- area business leaders who have donned cowboy hats and bandannas --- compete in a real roping contest. This friendly competition has grown quite competitive over the years as the two teams vie for annual bragging rights and possession of the traveling “horse collar trophy”.

Annually, more than 280 area business people attend the luncheon to congratulate the Award winner and to cheer on their favorite Wing Tip Rodeo Team.

The Farm Team leads the series 17-14

The Details

PRODUCED BY: Agribusiness Industry Network

DATE: Friday, November 9, 2018 at Noon

SITE:  Kentucky Exposition Center South Wing Conference Center

PROGRAM: Agribusiness of The Year Award & Wing Tip Rodeo Competition

TICKETS:  $40 each or $300 for a table (8) go on sale October 1

WING TIP RODEO NOMINATING TABLE: Nominate a Wing Tip Rodeo team member - $350. Includes a spot on one the roping teams and a table of 8.

Farm City Celebration Luncheon

33rd Annual | 11/9/18 at KEC, South Wing