National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
630 Hall of Fame Drive
Bonner Springs KS 66012
Ag Center Grounds
Girl Scouts -- Ice Cream
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 721-1075
Mission Statement
To expose society to the historical and present value of Agriculture and to honor leadership in Agri-Business and Academia by providing education, information, experience and recognition.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Catherine S. Hahner
Board Chair Ms. Jody Albers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bottle 12 Wine Bar
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1960
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $343,000
Projected Expenses $343,000
Mission Statement To expose society to the historical and present value of Agriculture and to honor leadership in Agri-Business and Academia by providing education, information, experience and recognition.
Background Statement To awaken people to the importance of agriculture & to help them understand & appreciate its past, present & future, Agribusiness leaders of the 1950s envisioned the creation of a national premier center designed to educate the public about the importance of this industry. During a time of dramatic change in our nation, these visionaries proposed a national institution that would focus on both America’s rich rural heritage and on the science and technology that are shaping its future. After a nationwide search from among 50 applicant cities, the Wyandotte County, Kansas location was selected as the site of this national monument and learning center. A decade of collaborative effort resulted in the birth of The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, by rare federal charter enacted by the 86th Congress and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 31, 1960. While the museum was created by federal action, it receives no appropriation from local, state or federal government. The Center is entirely funded by private & corporate donations & revenue generated by admissions, memberships, special events & facility rental. Over the years, the Center has added to its array of buildings, events, and educational programming to compliment the prominent agricultural exhibits. Many current visitors to the Center proudly recount their previous visits the Center, some around the time of the official unveiling over forty years ago. Returning visitors express enthusiasm and pride in the Center’s condition and growth. The Center’s endurance and expansion speaks to the generosity of donors and volunteers who continue to be devoted to a shared mission. The story of American agriculture is the tale of ingenuity, industry, and inventiveness. In tribute to that agricultural legacy, The Center has been cautious and resourceful in fiscal management and innovative and proactive in promoting educational and cultural value.
Impact Statement
Some of the 2012 highlights include:
  • Received a second $100,000.00 challenge grant;
  • Beneficiary ofseveral fundraisers including the First Annual Greater Kansas City Two Cylinder Club Tractor Cruise and the popular Village West WineFest at Schlitterbahn Water Park;
  • Hosted multiple agricultural industry events including the USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service round table discussion;
  • Expanded educational programs and exhibits to help visitors understand “If you eat, you are involved in agriculture!”;
  • Hosted a full calendar of special events including a new “Touch-A-Truck” event;
  • Generated revenue stream through rental of the Smith Event Barn, the Rural Electric Conference Theater, and the Ag Hall of Fame’s park-like grounds for corporate outings, receptions, seminars and weddings;
  • Expanded the Board of Directors to 23 members with diverse backgrounds;


  • Develop an operating model which eliminates an annual operating deficit by 2013;
  • Identify, fund, develop interactive exhibits depicting, explaining, and educating stakeholders on key issues impacting American agriculture;
  • Revise/develop, implement, and market educational programs which encompass current agriculture issues and/or technology targeted at elementary, intermediate, and high school students; explorers of careers in agriculture; the general public; and agricultural producers (active and retired); 
  • Grow the board of trustees to reflect a national status; 
  • Establish a development program to where it meets the annual financial targets.
  • Needs Statement 1)  Identify funding to assist in the payment of general overhead (i.e. utilities, insurance, payroll, etc.) 2) Funding to support educational programming including tours, hands-on activities, and special events. 3) Underwriting for interactive exhibits and associated programming.   4) Funding to support outreach programming 5) Funding for technology upgrades and ongoing capital improvements.
    Service Categories
    Agricultural Programs
    History Museums
    Educational Services
    Areas of Service
    MO - Jackson County
    MO - Clay County
    MO - Platte County
    KS - Wyandotte County
    KS - Johnson County
    MO - Eastern Jackson Co
    MO - Jackson County Urban Core
    KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
    CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
    Over the last few years, I am happy to say that the Center has accomplished several forward-thinking milestones.  Perhaps one of the most impactful transitions we are undertaking relates to our focus.  Since our beginning, we have been focused on the past -- who was important, what did they do, how did they live, what did they use, etc.  As we examine agriculture today, it is very evident that there are many changes and things happening that the average person does not know about or does not understand.  We have come to the conclusion that we must continue to honor the past in our activities and programming but also delve into the present and look to the future in order to truly carry out our mission of educating society about agricultural issues.  This transition will be slow and gradual but purposeful as we change exhibits/displays, educational programs and events.  
    In these very difficult financial times, we have found our most challenging issue to be the availability of funds to be used for basic overhead (i.e. utilities, insurance, maintenance, salaries, etc.).  Funding for specific projects is difficult but not nearly as challenging as access to funds for general expenses.
    The transition we are going through to include present and future in our exhibits, programing and events is being welcomed by many -- most people are telling us that the transition is long overdue.  Our hope is that our new emphasis will assist us in capturing donors and contributors who have been reluctant because of our focus only on the past.
    Description The Center’s on-site Educational Programs for school and special interest groups are available for booking year-round. These premier tours are based on national and state education standards and emphasize history, agriculture, math, science, and career development. School programs introduce students to historical nature of agriculture & rural life, enhance understanding of agriculture's heritage & its relationship to the present, provide a forum for current issues discussions, and increase awareness & appreciation of this crucial national industry. As an educational institution. The Center teaches thousands of school-aged children about the role that modern agriculture plays in their daily lives and allows them to step back in time through hands-on programs and events.
    Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
    Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
    Short-Term Success Short term success is defined by the feedback from students and educators; both repeat and increased number of groups booking Educational Field Trips each year.
    Long-Term Success Increased recognition of agriculture as the business that provides our food, clothing, common products, and shelter; improved understanding of the evolution of technology and scientific advancements in agriculture; greater appreciation of the heritage of rural farm life; to honor the American farmer
    Program Success Monitored By Group leaders and teachers complete program evaluations at the conclusion of each tour. This crucial feedback helps The Center to design programs that are on pace with educators and other community leaders. The number of groups and attendance is routinely tracked and analyzed by Center staff.
    Examples of Program Success Repeat bookings of school groups exceed 90% year after year.
    Description As an entertainment venue, the Ag Center offers a full calendar of special events, from Tractor Daze to a Wine Fest, the Center offers unique experience for everyone. In order to keep up with the myriad of other educational and entertainment opportunities available, the Center strives to provide exciting and unmatched events designed to reconnect generations while providing an educational experience related to agriculture.  The Center’s facilities and picturesque grounds are also used for a variety of events and activities by area businesses and organizations.
    Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
    Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
    Short-Term Success Short-term success of the Center’s special events is defined as visitor attendance and satisfaction ratings.
    Long-Term Success Ultimately, the Center seeks to provide a fun, engaging and educational venue to raise the understanding and awareness of agriculture and its far-reaching impact. In broad terms, we succeed when people begin looking at the Ag Center as not only a place for family-friendly activities but as a source for objective information about agricultural issues and topics spanning the past, present and future.
    Program Success Monitored By Attendance and written visitor surveys monitor program success.
    Examples of Program Success

    Visitor ratings on events have been very positive for the past year--all will rate 95% or better.  One thing we are very pleased with is the success of our initiatives to raise the awareness of the Ag Center -- many people who have commented on our programs tell us that they have not been to our site previously and the event/program exceeded their expectations.  These comments plus our many returning guests helps assure us that we are on track with our program/events and laying the foundation for increased admissions in the future. 

    Description The Ag Center engages in active year-round outreach strategy to further its educational mission. We actively pursue opportunities to provide public messaging in off-site settings, such as area schools, farm and trade shows, and community events. A recent feature added to our outreach programming is a portable game show format called “The Wheel of Agriculture” that appeals to a broad public audience. Under-writing support is being sought for outreach programming.
    Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
    Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
    Short-Term Success Short term success may be defined by the number of visitors to off-site venues and the resulting numbers who redeem admissions coupons at the Center.
    Long-Term Success The general public will have a greater appreciation and understanding of the importance of agriculture in their daily lives; where their food, clothing, and other common products come from.
    Program Success Monitored By Outreach contact tracking and feedback, Web site visits, coupon redemption, and request for membership information help to monitor our outreach strategy. Another subjective measure relates to new groups who have heard about our out-reach activities and request that we participate in their event.
    Examples of Program Success Increased attendance tracked through coupon redemption and visitor feedback.
    Description As a museum, the Center contains one of the country’s great agrarian collections, featuring numerous rare artifacts. The combination of exhibits provides visitors with an unparalleled experience. The Agricultural Hall of Fame profiles great agricultural leaders from all walks of life who have had lasting influence. The National Farmers Memorial stands as the country’s only monument to America’s food and fiber producers. The Museum of Farming houses a vast collection of machinery and implements used in agriculture since the early 1800s. Exhibits and demonstration areas are also featured in Farm Town USA, a recreated early 1900s agricultural community depicting a realistic look at the heritage of American rural life; farmstead, one-room school, depot, blacksmith shop, hatchery and general store. A narrow-guage miniature train offers visitors a ride around the town. The National Poultry Museum charts the evolution of the poultry industry in a way that challenges the participant to think through how challenges were met and built upon and how everyday people have been able to impact a huge industry. 
    Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Exhibitions
    Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
    Short-Term Success Short term success may be defined by increased admissions, memberships and renewals, fiscal sustainability, marketing and survey data, a robust inductee nomination system, Walk  of Fame brick purchases; increased corporate sponsors, and exhibit area transformations.
    Long-Term Success Ultimately, the Center seeks to celebrate and communicate the importance of the American farmer and the legacy of leaders in agriculture; to promote a greater public appreciation of the importance of agriculture; and to inspire a learning experience that is vibrant, exciting and personally meaningful to all visitors.
    Program Success Monitored By Member lists, guest book, survey and attendance data, Hall of Fame and Honor Acre records.
    Examples of Program Success Attendance at the Ag Center has stabilized over the past year after several years of decline. The change is attributed to a push for new and more interactive exhibits which include current agricultural topics and a more aggressive marketing/advertising program.

    Educational programs for students have been re-written to include and address educational standards outlined by KS/MO -- specifically in math, science, and reading.

    1. Ag Ventures -- A trip back in time for students to understand farm life in a time before tractors, computers and electricity.
    2. One-Room School -- A program designed for students to experience what life was like when attending a one-room school
    3. Bees -- a new program designed to explore honey bees, what they contribute to our food systems, and the danger/impacts if we no longer have bees. 
    4. Farm Tales -- a monthly program for young children, using an agriculture topic as a learning tool.
    5. Ask the Expert -- quarterly program on a selected agricultural topic where experts are on hand to delve into the topic and answer questions accordingly.
    Category Science & Technology, General/Other
    Population Served , Children Only (5 - 14 years),
    Short-Term Success We are gradually moving toward a menu system with our school field trip programming where the teacher will select the topics and various components to reinforce what he/she is trying to teach in the classroom.  Our programs would help students understand a given topic by enabling them to see actual examples of how a given topic is used in real life -- for example, exploration of the geometric patterns of honey combs and the impact of pollination on our food supply.
    Long-Term Success The long-term success of our programs is difficult to measure but can be stated quite succintly -- to increase the awareness of agricultural issues and to help students become aware of career opportunities available in the field of agriculture
    Program Success Monitored By Ultimate success is measured by the teacher -- did the program fullfill the expectations established when the field trip was organized.  Each teacher will be asked to provide an evaluation for the the program.
    Examples of Program Success Evaluations consistently rate the programs quite high -- teachers have been quite vocal about how positive the changes in our program emphasis when designed to match up with the MO/KS educational standards.
    CEO Comments The Ag Center's mission places the education of its audiences as one of its highest priorities. In accordance with this philosophy, the Center's educational programs are developed to preserve and explain the historical and cultural heritage of American agriculture and rural life as well as focus on present and future issues impacting agriculture. Educational programs cover a variety of agricultural topics including agribusiness, history, food and fiber production, and science and technology. Educational programs are offered for youth, family, and adult audiences. Programs developed for school groups encompass the Kansas and Missiouri standards established for the respective age group in reading, math and science.
    Executive Director/CEO
    Executive Director Ms. Catherine S. Hahner
    Term Start Apr 2010
    Former CEOs
    Mr. Tim R. Daugherty Aug 2007 - Nov 2009
    Ms. Catherine Hahner Sept 2002 - Aug 2007
    Senior Staff
    Title Development Manager
    Paid Full-Time Staff 1
    Volunteers 150
    Retention Rate 100%
    Formal Evaluations
    CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
    CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
    Plans & Policies
    Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
    Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
    Management Succession Plan No
    Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
    Nondiscrimination Policy No
    Whistleblower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy No
    Kansas City Agri-Business Council; Greater Kansas City Two Cylinder Club; Agri-tourism Kansas Department of Travel and Tourism; American Royal; Farm Bureau ; United Way Volunteers; Pony Express Soil & Conservation; Bi-state Ag Day Pizza Party Committee; Wyandotte County Master Gardeners; Passport to Adventure; Northland Alternative Service Program; Lansing Correctional Facility; and City Market of Kansas City.
    American Association of Museums - Member2007
    Business of the YearBonner Springs Chamber2003
    Event of the YearKansas City, Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau2002
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the government? No
    CEO Comments The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame continues to focus on numerous opportunities in conjunction with its strategic direction. The strategic plan calls for "honoring the past" through our Hall of Fame and museum components while embracing the present/future with new, more interactive displays and educational programs. New exhibits and educational programs will include issues/topics in agriculture that potentially impact each of us -- topics like: Food Safety, Bio-technology, Alternative Energy, etc. Educational programs are being tailored to link up with science, reading and math standards put forth by Kansas and Missouri Education Departments.
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Ms. Jody Albers
    Company Affiliation Bottle 12 Wine Bar
    Term June 2012 to June 2015
    Board Members
    Ms. Jody Albers Ratfish, Inc.
    Mr. Vic Allred Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen
    Mr. Thom Bear Earp Distribution
    Mr. Ken Blum Berkel Contractors Inc.
    Mr. Carl DiCapo Community Volunteer
    Mr. John Dillingham Dillingham Enterprises Inc.
    Mr. Bob Dunn JE Dunn Construction
    Mr. Don Hrabik Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club
    Mr. Rick Hughes Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association
    Ms. Jill Jenkins Magnum Opus
    Ms. Karen Meredith Meredith Farms
    Ms. Amy O'Rourke Social Security Administration
    Ms. Joan Payne Leavenworth County Farm Bureau
    Mr. Kevin Pistilli Raphael Hotel Group
    Mr. Willard Snyder Attorney
    Mr. Joe Steineger Steineger Farms
    Mr. Fred Stitt Pursell Construction
    Mr. Wayne Strandt Retired
    Mr. Steve Tuttle Tuttle Farms
    Mr. Charley Vogt Country Club Bank
    Mr. Dale Warman International Lineman's Rodeo, Kansas City Power & Light
    Mr. Randy Watson Kansas City Power and Light
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 22
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 17
    Female 5
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 3
    Board Term Limits 0
    Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
    Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
    Standing Committees
    Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    Program / Program Planning
    Board Development / Board Orientation
    CEO Comments The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame continues to focus on numerous opportunities in conjunction with its strategic direction. The strategic plan calls for "honoring the past" through our Hall of Fame and museum components while embracing the present/future with new, more interactive exhibits and educational programs. New exhibits and educational programs will include issues/topics in agriculture that potentially impact each of us -- topics like: Food Safety, Bio-technology, Alternative Energy, etc. Educational programs are being tailored to link up with science, reading and math standards put forth by Kansas and Missouri Education Departments. .
    Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2013
    Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2013
    Projected Revenue $343,000
    Projected Expenses $343,000
    Endowment Value $0
    Spending Policy N/A
    Percentage 0%
    Audit Documents
    Foundation Comments
    • FY2013, 2012, 2011:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
    • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
    Detailed Financials
    Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    Government Contributions$0$5,000$0
    Individual Contributions--$0$50,000
    Investment Income, Net of Losses$47,039$19$77
    Membership Dues$9,600$9,800$0
    Special Events$30,901$16,102$12,922
    Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Program Expense$269,483$291,600$199,929
    Administration Expense$0$2,905$134,519
    Fundraising Expense$0$0$6,701
    Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.890.57
    Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%59%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%6%
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Total Assets$724,717$758,645$777,390
    Current Assets$45,866$53,411$45,010
    Long-Term Liabilities$326,697$275,420$251,480
    Current Liabilities$0$890$46,538
    Total Net Assets$398,020$56,633$479,372
    Short-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--60.010.97
    Long-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets45%36%32%
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201320122011
    Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Indivdiual $50,000
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Stone Family Foundation $10,000
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Goal $0.00
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
    Organization Comments
    The Center has faced some significant financial challenges, almost forcing the museum to close its doors under the past administration. Under new leadership of both staff and board of directors, there is new momentum and awareness of the great potential. The board of directors is creating a strong fundraising committee and awareness campaign. The Center received a $100,000 challenge grant to kick off its efforts.
    Although Congress federally chartered the Ag Center, the Center receives no government funding of any kind. In the past year, financial support was derived from a variety of sources, including contributions, admission fees, membership fees, facility rental, special events, dividend income, gift shop sales, and investment funds. The lack of a consistent income source, such as a government appropriation, has required the Center to be both cautious and innovative in financial management, and significant effort has been spent to increase the level of private giving to the museum. The Ag Center's corporate and individual donor program attracts participants, with contributions ranging from in-kind gifts to local businesses to major corporate cash gifts. The Center's Board of Directors have made identifying income sources its highest priorities and launched a long-term, multi phase major gifts initiative, to virtually re-invent the Center, making it the nation's preeminent institution devoted to American agriculture. The multi-faceted approach of major gifts initiative, corporate sponsorship opportunities, and increased attendance/revenue, including special events and facility rentals, allows the Center to utilize its current revenue sources more fully and to work diligently developing expanded funding opportunities to ensure the success of the museum's programs and facilities.
    Organization Name National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
    Address 630 Hall of Fame Drive
    Bonner Springs, KS 66012
    Primary Phone (913) 721-1075
    Contact Email
    CEO/Executive Director Ms. Catherine S. Hahner
    Board Chair Ms. Jody Albers
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Bottle 12 Wine Bar
    Year of Incorporation 1960