Western Farm Show, American Family Insurance team up again in 2018

When it’s cold outside, the annual Western Farm Show is the place to be. In addition to its dazzling array of the newest farm equipment, one of the show’s many attractions is its cooking demonstration, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Wagstaff Theater in the Central Hall, Kansas City, Missouri.

This year’s theme is sheet pan suppers, a topic that is ideal for busy farm families. Wagstaff Theater can accommodate 500 attendees.

“There’s no better way to connect with the region’s ranchers and farmers than to stand alongside them at the annual Western Farm Show in Kansas City,” said Carrolton, Missouri AFI agent Mack Molloy. “Each year gives us important insights into the needs of the agricultural community and the issues that are important to that population.”

This is the fourth year for the cooking demonstration and the second year the Culinary Center of Kansas City will facilitate the demonstration. It is sponsored by American Family Insurance.

The cooking demonstration is just a part of AFI’s Western Farm Show sponsorship. Its support also helps the Western Farm Show’s FFA Day on Feb. 23. That event brings thousands of Kansas and Missouri FFA students to the show. This year, AFI is hosting national FFA CEO Mark Poeschl at the Western Farm Show to address FFA students.

For generations, American Family Insurance has protected the interests of the American farmer, his or her home and farming operation. That’s why more than 60 agents from across Missouri and Kansas will attend the 2018 Western Farm Show to support those families and their communities.

Locally, AFI agents have insured 3 million farm-related acres in Kansas and 4 million acres in Missouri in recent years. Combined, the company has nearly 18,000 farms insured in Kansas and Missouri.

“We always say farming is in our DNA and that sentiment never goes out of style,” Molloy said. “We want growers to go after their dreams in agriculture. We’ll protect them.”

American Family Insurance agents will distribute cooking demonstration tickets to its customers at participating AFI offices prior to the Farm Show, as well as to attendees who visit its booth in the main hallway on Friday and Saturday before the 11 a.m. demonstration.

The 2018 Western Farm Show is a natural extension of AFI’s service to Midwest farmers and ranchers, allowing them to stand by its mission to support rural families in agriculture. From its early beginnings insuring Wisconsin farmers more than eight decades ago, the insurance company continues to keep its finger on the pulse of rural America.

The Western Farm Show is the premier indoor farm show, located in the Heart of Agriculture, and features hundreds of exhibits with the latest farm and ranch equipment and technologies. The show also features the always popular Family Living Center and Health and Safety Roundup. Molloy said the show brings together many of the families served by the insurance provider.