Chicago Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 9:00 am

The tour is almost full and it’s not hard to see why! The location for the Chicago Ag Tour this year is amazing; you do not want to miss it!

The tour takes place the day before the NAMA Fall Conference. We will be departing from The Hotel Chicago on Monday, September 15th at 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be served on the bus while we are on the way to Fair Oaks Farms where we will be spending the day.

During the tour, you will get the opportunity to see Fair Oaks Farms’ 30,000 cow dairy operation. You will learn how the cows are cared for and visit the rotary milking parlor to learn about this unique milking technology. Then, you will head over to the Pig Adventure to see the interactive displays and observe the gestation and farrowing operations.

The last stop is at the new Farmhouse Restaurant, Bakery and Farmers Market at Fair Oaks Farms where you will get the opportunity to tour the kitchen and interact with the chefs. These chefs will then serve dinner with food produced on-site that is prepared in its completely viewable kitchen.

For a more detailed schedule and to register, visit the NAMA Fall Conference website.

MoKan Ag Tour: Both Educational and Fun!

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 8:56 am

Participants of the MoKan Ag Tour, August 19, had a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of Midwest agriculture first-hand.  The event is the annual kick-off to the NAMA Boot Camp in Kansas City, where new and seasoned ag professionals alike spend the day experiencing the many different nuances of agriculture in the Kansas City area.

First stop on the tour was Wade Farms in Clinton County, MO—a second-generation, 15,000 acre, row crop family farm. The Wade’s currently grow 100% waxy corn for Ingredion, Inc. in Kansas City and seed beans for Pioneer as well as commercial soybeans.  At the farm, the group not only learned what it takes to manage a well-oiled modern-day row crop operation, they also had an up-close opportunity to see the farm’s state-of-the art equipment and farm management system.

Next, the tour took in the sights, smells and tastes of Shatto Milk Company, a working dairy operation in Osborn, MO.  Currently milking 400+ cows, Shatto prides itself on bringing the best dairy product to the Kansas City market.  With award-winning flavors such as Root Beer, Cookies and Cream and Cotton Candy (seven flavors in all), as well as cheeses, ice creams and butters, the group had plenty of items on-hand to sample.  Shatto hosts more than 100 people each day, Tuesday through Saturday, for their tours, which includes a visit to the bottling facility and the milking barn, for a lesson on hand-milking.

The final stop on the 2014 MoKan Ag Tour was at Jowler Creek Winery and Vineyard in Platte City, MO.  Owners (and former NAMA members) Jason and Colleen Gerke treated the group to a tour of Missouri’s first green and sustainable vineyard, complete with mowing sheep and a taste of all seven wines in production.  The Gerke’s shared their story on how their dream came to be, including the marketing and branding that went into getting their business off the ground.

View all the photos on the NAMA flickr site.

Farm Progress Reception

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 8:14 am

The reception co-sponsored by the Cornbelt and Iowa chapters on Wednesday, August 27, was a resounding success.  Members from throughout the United States and Canada attended the reception, held at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.  The day was cooler than a typical August day which was definitely appreciated by all.  Click here to see pictures taken during the reception.

Badger NAMA presents “Bridging the Generation Gap”

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 8:14 am

Thursday, September 11 | 3:30 p.m. | Café Centraal | Bay View, Wisconsin

With multiple generations in the same office, it’s more important than ever to avoid communication mishaps amongst different ages and capitalize on the skills each person brings to the team.

In this interactive and informal workshop, Bob Hagenow, Vita Plus sales manager, will help attendees explore common generational preferences, habits, and fears as well as strategies to enhance communication and collaboration for all ages.

The workshop will begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Start bridging the generation gap now!  Bring a coworker or client from another generation to be entered into a special Badger NAMA drawing!

Cost:  $30 for Badger NAMA members, $50 for non-members and $15 for students.

Questions?  Contact Sarah Duwe ( or Andrea Bloom (

Rocky Mountain NAMA Event

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 8:14 am

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 9th for the upcoming Rocky Mountain NAMA event!

The meeting will be hosted by Rocky Mountain NAMA in conjunction with the Colorado Ag Network, so it will be a unique opportunity to meet with a new sector of agricultural professionals.

Date: Tuesday, September 9th

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

9110 East Nichols Avenue, Suite 300

Centennial, CO 80112


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will present its team of culinary experts that will showcase tasty cuts of beef and discuss how they can be paired with select brews and wines, so come and enjoy!

More details to follow, but please share this SAVE THE DATE with co-workers and friends that would be interested in attending the upcoming event.

Please RSVP for the event by September 3rd so we can make sure we have enough tasty beef for the group! RSVP to Lisa Mokrohisky at

Northern Prairie NAMA Event

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 8:13 am

The Northern Prairie NAMA Chapter and the MN Agri-Growth Council (MAGC) cordially invite you to a networking reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th, at the Big Iron Farm Show grounds. Stop by and have a pork sandwich and a beverage, while you network with current and future food and ag industry professionals and learn why MAGC and NAMA support the food and ag industry. This event is open to members, non-members and students.

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Location: Red River Farm Network Issues & Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and the Expo Center

Questions? Call or email Craig Anderson: or 701-492-9194

NAMA New Members!

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 , 8:06 am

Welcome our New Members for July and August:

Courtney McBay
Trey Soud

Holly Nicoll
Mary Jane Quinn

Jeffery Griffith 

Elizabeth Healey
Jennifer Okray

Emily Ibach

Regina Grover
Sasja Jackson 

Elizabeth Brand
Kodi Fietsam
Andrea Ramsey

Jane Godfrey
Dustin Hector
John Lowrey

David Fast
Beth Wischmeyer
Daniel Zinkand

Katelyn VerHoeven
Tracey Winger

Jessica Decker 
Travis Stewart
Jaime Sullivan

Jesse Cler
Amber Schramm

Elizabeth Bender

Rachel Gonzales
Donna Snyder

Kyle Ferrell  

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