Badger Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 , 3:43 pm

Join the Badger NAMA Chapter as they host the 2017 Fall Conference Ag Tour. Get a unique perspective on some of the most enterprising ag operations in the great state of Wisconsin. The cost for this tour is $75 and includes breakfast and lunch. See below for a full schedule of the day’s activities.

Does this sound like a great way to start off your Fall Conference experience? Register Now! 

Tuesday, September 19

7:30 a.m.: Depart the hotel.

Stop #1 – Theresa, WI: 

Confections for Any Occasion | Chocolate is a specialty for this blind entrepreneur, Joel Bernhard. All of his delectable chocolates are made with real Wisconsin butter and his company proudly participates in Something Special from Wisconsin, Travel Wisconsin and Discover Dodge County. In addition to gourmet chocolates, the store features a variety of other Wisconsin-made products, including sausages, mustards, maple syrup, cheese spreads and honey. We’ll tour the store, learn a little bit about chocolate making and, of course, do some shopping.

Widmer’s Cheese Cellars | This cheese plant has been home to three generations of Widmer cheesemakers. Joe Widmer, current owner and master cheesemaker, still makes Brick cheese the old-fashioned way by using bricks to gently squeeze the whey from the curd. Widmer has won many awards for his handcrafted cheeses. We will learn about the company’s history, watch cheesemaking in action and sample cheese.

Stop #2 – Fond du Lac, WI: 

Vir-Clar Farms | Katie (Boyke) and Grant Grinstead and JR Boyke are the third generation on this family farm and currently manage it with their parents, Gary and Rose Boyke. The family has 2,000 cows and farms 2,800 acres of land. Methane digesters produce enough renewable electric power for approximately 800 homes. Cows are milked three times a day in a double-30 parlor. All the calves are raised on the farm and the family counts on 32 full-time employees to help Vir-Clar run smoothly. Katie will lead us on a tour of the entire farm and explain how this modern dairy farm gives animals the best care possible to produce wholesome, nutritious milk.

En route to Milwaukee: Beer and Cheese Pairing | We’ll match three Wisconsin craft beers with specialty cheeses, explaining how the flavors complement each other.  Participants will get a taste of so many award-winning products crafted in Wisconsin.

Stop #3 – Milwaukee, WI: 

Miller Brewing Company | Miller Brewing Company has been brewing “confoundly good beers” for 160 years. This tour begins at the Visitor Center and includes a four-block walk, allowing for an inside look at the brew house. Learn how Miller-Coors products are made, packaged and distributed worldwide. We’ll conclude the tour with product sampling and sodas.

3:45 p.m.: Arrive back at the hotel.

Join NAMA at the Farm Progress Show

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 , 3:43 pm

Are you attending the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL?  If so, join other NAMA members at a reception hosted by the Chicago, Gateway, Heartland and Mid-America NAMA chapters.

It’s a great opportunity to take a break and interact with other NAMA members on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Exhibitor Food Tent, located near Gate 6 on the corner of East and Sixth.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided (yes, adult beverages, too).

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Feik Pinkerton at wendy.pinkerton@zoetis.com or at 217.255.2548.

For more information on the Farm Progress Show, visit farmprogressshow.com.

Gateway Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 , 3:43 pm

Tuesday, August 22 – St. Louis Cardinals

Join your fellow agri-marketing professionals from the Gateway NAMA Chapter on Tuesday, August 22 to see the Cardinals take on the San Diego Padres at 7:15 PM.

Tickets are just $20 and include your field box seat as well as drinks and food prior to the game at a location TBD near the ballpark.

Happy Hour at 5:30 PM

Game at 7:15 PM

Tickets will be handed out at happy hour.

Click here to register!

If you can’t make it to happy hour or have questions, please contact Colin Pennington, Colin.J.Pennington@Monsanto.com.

MoKan Ag Tour

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 , 11:26 am

Join us for the MoKan NAMA Ag Tour on Tuesday, August 8! The MoKan NAMA Ag Tour is a one-day, on-farm experience where attendees will tour and learn about different nuances of agricultural operations in the surrounding area. Our first stop will be a 15,000-acre corn/soy operation to learn about new technologies going into today’s agronomy, equipment and farm management.  Next, we will visit Shatto Milk Company and dairy for a full tour and lunch.  We’ll finish at Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery for a look (and taste) of their local grapes and how they market their business.

Breakfast and lunch will be served as part of the tour and is included in the cost of registration.

Cost:  $75/person (same cost for members & non-members)

Dress: Casual, wear closed-toed shoes (no flipflops or heels).

Time:  7:00 AM depart from hotel, return to hotel at 3:00 PM

Please note: The MoKan Ag Tour is prior to the NAMA Boot Camp. While we hope that you’ll attend both, you do not need to be registered for Boot Camp to attend the Ag Tour. Check out the Boot Camp website for more information on both! Register today!

Join NAMA at the Farm Progress Show

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 , 11:26 am

Are you attending the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL?  If so, join other NAMA members at a reception hosted by the Chicago, Gateway, Heartland and Mid-America NAMA chapters.

It’s a great opportunity to take a break and interact with other NAMA members on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Exhibitor Tent, located near Gate 6 on the corner of East and Sixth.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided (yes, adult beverages, too).

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Pinkerton at wendy.pinkerton@zoetis.com or at 217.255.2548.

For more information on the Farm Progress Show, visit farmprogressshow.com.

New NAMA Members!

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 , 11:26 am

New Member List:
Welcome our new members for July 2017:

GATEWAY
Laura Carter, Brighton Agency
Cynthia Kotovsky, Woodruff
Keri McBride

MID-AMERICA
Robert Hage, FarmCountryTrader.com

MISSOURI-KANSAS 
Mishael Barton, Tonisity, Inc.
Jessica Bukaty, Grey Health Group KC
Sarah Chaney, Woodruff
John Fuchs, Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Sarah Goellner, Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Megan Hammons, Farm Journal
Morgan Ledermann, Farm Journal Media
Beth Leverich, AdFarm
Clint Mefford, American Angus Association
Charlotte Sableman, AdFarm
Torie Schwartz, Sullivan Higdon & Sink

NORTH CENTRAL
Megan Auren, Martin Williams

NORTHERN PRAIRIE
Terran Ronne, Alltech

SOUTHEASTERN
Angela Dallas, AGCO
Daniel Lackey, Huvepharma, Inc.

WESTERN PACIFIC NAMA
Victoria McGregor

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