Celebration of Agriculture


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The Celebration of Agriculture event provides an opportunity to thank those involved with all aspects of agribusiness. Attendees at this event play a vital role in building and growing a dynamic agricultural industry.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 34th annual Celebration of Ag has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be working with those who previously purchased tables and tickets. Thank you for your ongoing support.

For the most recent local COVID-19 updates please visit https://www.linncounty.org/1372/COVID-19

For more information and resources regarding coronavirus, please see www.cedarrapids.org/coronavirus.

Past Event Speakers

  • 1987 Dr. Gordon Eaton, President, Iowa State University
  • 1988 Chet Randolph, Host of “Market to Market”
  • 1989 Victor Lischenko, Soviet Economist
  • 1990 John Block, Former U.S. Secretary of agriculture
  • 1991 Cooper Evans, Former Special Assistant to the President
  • 1992 Orion Samuelson, Broadcaster, WGN, Chicago
  • 1993 Ed Madigan, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • 1994 Martin Andreas, Archer Daniels Midland
  • 1995 Dr. Martin Jischke, President, Iowa State University
  • 1996 Roy Reiman, Owner, Reiman Publications
  • 1997 Dr. David Kohl, Professor, Virginia Tech
  • 1998 Merlin Olsen, Spokesperson, Pioneer Hi-Bred Inc
  • 1999 Mark Pearson, Host of “Market to Market”
  • 2000 Thomas Vilsack, Governor of Iowa
  • 2001 Richard Fritz, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • 2002 Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • 2003 Catherine E. Woteki, Dean of Agriculture, Iowa State University
  • 2004 Kenneth M. Quinn, President, The World Food Prize Foundation
  • 2005 Ann M. Veneman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • 2006 Robert Dineen, President & CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
  • 2007 Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of Agriculture, New Mexico State University
  • 2008 Mike Johanns, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • 2009 Baxter Black, Cowboy Poet
  • 2010 Frank Rydzewski, The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business
  • 2011 Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of Agriculture, New Mexico State University
  • 2012 John Phipps, Host of U.S. Farm Report
  • 2013 Damian Mason, Professional Speaker, Writer & Farmer
  • 2014 Jolene Brown, Farmer, Author, Professional Speaker
  • 2015 Dr. Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University
  • 2016 Dr. Lowell Catlett, Dean of Agriculture, New Mexico State University
  • 2017 Robert White, VP of Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association
  • 2018 Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President, Iowa State University
  • 2019 Tyne Morgan, Host of U.S. Farm Report at Farm Journal Media

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