This week on The Local Show, Nick Haines gets an update from Gary Forsee on efforts to host a global symposium on innovations in animal health as part of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 Ideas. We go inside the National Agricultural Hall of Fame which pays tribute to our nation’s food producers. We continue our Women and Girls Lead series with a profile of Brionna Williams who has overcome chronic asthma and obesity to become a highly recruited student athlete. Finally, we document a journey of inspiration which took art students of Paseo Academy from the grasslands of the Flint Hills to an art gallery in Brookside.
It doesn’t get the same attention as Kansas City’s quest to become a mecca for the life sciences or our push to be America’s most entrepreneriurial city, but Kansas City’s zeal to be the global center for animal health research is far further along than any of those efforts.
Many people don’t realize that our region already is home to four of the top 10 largest animal health companies in the world.
Championing an effort by the Chamber of Commerce to now bring a world symposium on animal health to Kansas City is a well known name to Kansas Citians…Gary Forsee.
If you head along I-70 through Wyandotte County in Kansas, you’ve no doubt seen signs for the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. It’s been there for more than 50 years thanks to a federal charter by an act of the 86th Congress and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 31, 1960. Chances are good that you may never have stopped inside. In fact, attendance in recent years has been so poor that the attraction, which celebrates agriculture and the American farmer, was almost shuttered three years ago. Now a new board of directors is breathing new life into the museum about two miles west of the Kansas Speedway in Bonner Springs. Producer Justin Bond takes us on a tour.
We continue with our occassional series of features we call Women and Girls Lead in which we profile females from all walks of life who inspire us with stories of resilience, hope and empowerment.
The series, created for the web and TV, is a collaboration between KCPT and the Independent Television Service. This week, we meet area teenager Brionna Williams who attended Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Brionna overcame not just one but two big health obstacles, obesity and chronic asthma, to become a highly recruited student athlete.