National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, commonly known as the Ag Center, is situated in Kansas City, Missouri. The 172-acre complex contains three display buildings that house a vast collection of machinery of the past and present in addition to the innovative ideas for the future.
The Hall of Fame in this center was built to honor the individuals for the outstanding national or international contributions to the establishment, development, advancement or improvement of agriculture. The mission of the center is to educate the community on the historical and present values of American agriculture. It also provides education, information, experience and recognition thus equipping them to honor the leadership in Agri-Business.
National Agricultural Center became a reality on August 31, 1960 when the federal charter was issued by an act of the 86th Congress, signed by the President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The center serves as the national museum of agriculture and a memorial to the farming leaders.
NAC mainly focuses on the American farmer and farming, the rural heritage of agriculture in America, and the science and technology of farming that shapes the world of tomorrow. It educates the audience of all ages and provides activity-based learning experiences and research opportunities.
An educational tour through the complex reveals about the various facts of the history and importance of agriculture. The place offers family entertainment activities including train rides, hay rides, petting zoo, pony rides and living history demonstrations.
The center also holds the Smith Event Barn, a 750-seat pavilion, and the Rural Electric Conference Theater, a 200-seat auditorium, for various events and functions. National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame receives no funding from the government and is entirely dependent on the contributions by individuals, corporations and foundations.