Mark Your Calendar For Future Agri-Marketing Conference Dates

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 , 8:58 am

Plan ahead! Mark your calendars today for upcoming NAMA Agri-Marketing Conferences!

2015 – April 15 – 17 – Kansas city

2016 – April 13 – 15 – Kansas city

2017 – April 26 – 28 – Dallas

2018 – April 11 – 13 – Kansas city

2019 – April 10 – 12 – Kansas city

We look forward to seeing you!!

Beck Ag Awards ABEF Scholarship

Written by NAMA on Thursday, October 31, 2013 , 9:45 am

The Tom Tomlinson Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of Tomlinson, an agricultural sales, consulting and marketing professional, and passionate supporter of Agriculture. Tom was active in the industry until his passing in July 2013.

This $1000 scholarship will be awarded by Beck Ag at the NAMA Agri-Marketing Conference in 2014 to a qualified college junior who is a member of a National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) student chapter and is majoring in animal science, agricultural communications, agricultural economics/agricultural business (depending on university definition of field of study)*. The scholarship will be administered by the Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF).

The remaining criteria will follow scholarship rules established by NAMA. They are:

1. Judging will be conducted by representatives from ABEF.

2. Nominees must be members of an accredited student NAMA chapter.

3. To be considered, applicants must be from the junior class and have a B average or higher.

4. The monetary award must be used during the 2014-15 school year.

5. Entries must be submitted following rules established by ABEF and NAMA. Rules may change periodically.

*Some universities classify all agricultural business disciplines in ag economics. Others use agribusiness. Applicants from both disciplines may apply.

New ABEF Scholarship Debuts

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 , 7:00 am

Scholarship honors Wayne Bollum, covers multiple areas of study.

 A new scholarship that offers a winning student $2,500 will debut during the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) convention next year, April 9-11 in Jacksonville, FL. The Wayne Bollum Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the longtime agricultural publishing executive, consultant and friend to many. More than $25,000 has been donated since his passing in May.

Endowed by Zoetis, the memorial effort has been joined by a combination of 29 agricultural marketing communications agencies, companies and individuals.  Scholarships will be awarded annually to a college junior majoring in animal science, agricultural communications, agricultural economics or finance. The Agri-Business Educational Foundation (ABEF) has established guidelines for scholarship selection. The ABEF board will also manage the fund and administer awards during the National Agri-Marketing Association’s annual student competition.

Contributions are still being accepted and may be mailed to: Wayne Bollum Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o AgriBusiness Educational Foundation, 11020 King St., Ste. 205, Overland Park, KS, 66210. The ABEF is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation and the backbone of Student NAMA.

The Passing of Dr. John B. Riley

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 27, 2013 , 7:58 am

Long time student NAMA advisor Dr. John B. Riley passed away on September 16.  Many of you may recall that in 2011, the Outstanding Student Advisor Award was renamed the Dr. John B. Riley Outstanding Student Advisor Award in recognition of the then 25 years that Dr. Riley had devoted to his students and their marketing competition teams.

Dr. Riley coached NAMA marketing teams at both K-State and the University of Tennessee.  In addition, he won the NAMA Outstanding Advisor Award while at both universities.  His advising efforts were recognized with several college and university awards.

More information on Dr. Riley can be found at

NAMA on Campus

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 27, 2013 , 7:57 am

Visit  for the most recent publication of  NAMA on Campus Student Newsletter.

North Central NAMA Gathers for Culinary Experience

Written by NAMA on Friday, May 31, 2013 , 7:04 am
North Central NAMA members gathered May 20 for a unique culinary experience in Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market. The event kicked off with a champagne cocktail and a local cheese tasting course.  Then the group was split into six teams and given assignments for their portion of the dinner menu.This, of course, necessitated a shopping trip in the market visiting various ethnic grocery vendors to purchase the needed ingredients.  Once the ingredients were purchased, the teams donned aprons and set about creating their masterpieces, on the fly, and with guidance from “Kitchen in the Market” staff.  The six dishes were all deemed a success and were enjoyed as a family-style dinner afterwards.  It proved a great opportunity to learn about and use fresh, local, in-season products, along with a wonderful opportunity to network with each other.  The group, as a whole, decided this should be a repeat in the chapter’s programming next year.

The University of Minnesota student NAMA chapter was applauded for their first place win in the NAMA marketing competition in April.  A plaque recognizing their win was shown to the group.  In addition, Cheri Johnson, Weber Shandwick, and Melissa Norby, The Lacek Group, both won gift cards recognizing their efforts for the North Central chapter’s membership drive.

ABEF Online Auction Still Open

Written by NAMA on Thursday, May 16, 2013 , 8:22 am

Auction Close:  5:00 p.m., Friday, May 31

The ABEF Online Auction is still open! There are many great packages to be had! Packages are available for bidding at

The auction ends Friday, May 31, at 5:00 p.m. All proceeds from the Online and Silent Auctions benefit the Student Careers Program.

Please note: If a bid is received on an item within the last 30 minutes of the auction, the auction will remain open on that item through the next business day until 5:00 p.m. (central time). This process will continue until no bids are received within 30 minutes of the bid closing.

If you have any questions about the Online Auction, contact Kathi Conrad at or call 913-491-6500.

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