Chicago Ag Tour Recap

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:54 pm

Attendees had a fantastic time on the Chicago Ag Tour at Fair Oaks Farms! There was a full bus with 55 attendees on the drive to Fair Oaks, Indiana. Once there, attendees got to see a baby calf only minutes after her birth in the Fair Oaks Birthing Barn.

Afterwards, attendees went to the new Pig Adventure to see the growing, farrowing and gestation barns. There they had a one-on-one interview with a pig expert who was holding a newborn piglet.

Next, the group toured the Dairy Adventure. The bus drove through the open bars and educated the passengers on Fair Oaks’ unique, sustainable process. The group also saw their amazing rotary milking parlor where they can milk 75 cows at a time!

To finish off the day, attendees had dinner in the Farmhouse Restaurant. Carl Bruggemeier, restaurant managing partner, and Gary Corbett, CEO, shared the story of the making of their operation.

Check out photos of the Ag Tour and the Fall Conference on Flickr.

NAMA to Host Reception with ABM

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:52 pm

NAMA, the AgriBusiness Media Council and the MoKan NAMA chapter will co-host a reception at the NAFB Convention, Wednesday, November 12, 2014. It will take place at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City from 5-6 p.m. Watch your email for more details.  For more information about the NAFB Convention visit www.nafb.com.

Florida NAMA November Meeting

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:52 pm

In the past year, the Florida NAMA board decided to join other organizations at their events to gather and help promote NAMA.  Whenever possible, they also want to involve the Student Chapter.  November 5th will be the next event at the Florida Ag Expo in Balm, FL.  Attend the trade show, watch the University of Florida Student NAMA Chapter members present on Social Media and attend the lunch.

To register, click the link below.  Registration is $100 for Allied Industry.  Growers, University/Government/Extension, Student, CCA/Crop Advisor, Owner/Production Manager are all at no charge.

Make sure to enter NAMA on your registration. Register now at   http://www.cvent.com/events/2014-florida-ag-expo/custom-19-91a3ebd8d07e4db493cff35b9cd7c86d.aspx

MoKan September Meeting

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:52 pm

Please join MoKan NAMA to kick off a new year with a mix and mingle for professionals and students.  SFP, a Verdesian Life Sciences Company, has opened their doors to host the social and office tour.

SFP is an innovative agricultural company that has developed a line of revolutionary products to improve fertilizer efficiency. The company’s product offerings, AVAIL® Phosphorus Fertilizer Enhancer, NutriSphere‐N® Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager and More Than Manure® Nutrient Manager, are formulated to be added to a farmer’s existing fertilizer to improve availability of the nutrients.

Founded in 2012, Verdesian Life Sciences offers patented biological, nutritional, seed treatment & inoculant technologies for high‐value specialty crops, row crops and turf and ornamental markets. The plant‐health products, nutritional catalysts and seed treatments/inoculants help growers farm more efficiently to maximize yields. Verdesian’s technologies answer the needs facing agriculture including increasing pressures on food demand, supply and food safety.

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. – SFP office tour with social to follow
Location: SFP Office, 11550 Ash, Suite 220, Leawood, KS 66211
Cost: $10/person (professional members and guests) – No cost for students

Click here to RSVP for the event by Thursday, September 25, 2014.  For questions, contact Klaire Madden (kmadden@sfp.com).

Midsouth September Meeting

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:51 pm

mis14The Buzz About Bees and Agriculture

You’ve seen the headlines: “Bees in Crisis” and “Pesticides Killing Bees.” You know bees are important to agriculture. Do you know why? Do you know enough about the situation to discuss it with others? Do you know what members of the agriculture industry, can do to help?

Join Midsouth NAMA on Thursday, September 25th at the AgriCenter to hear David Glover, The Bartlett Bee Whisperer, answer these questions and more. David spends his days rescuing honeybees who have built their homes in our homes and businesses. He removes the bees and their combs and relocates them to farms located in Shelby, Fayette and McNairy Counties where they can pollinate crops.

In addition, David gives presentations about bees to schools, garden clubs, and at events like the groundbreaking ceremony last week for Bayer CropScience’s new greenhouse at the AgriCenter where he discussed bee health, habitat and value to agriculture.

Midsouth NAMA looks forward to learning more about what is happening with the bee population in the Midsouth!

When: Thursday,  September 25, 11:30am
Where:
AgriCenter, C Wing, Horticulture Room

To register for this event visit, http://www.nama.org/store/index.php?p=catalog&parent=21&pg=1.

Northern Prairie at the Big Iron Farm Show

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:50 pm

Big-Iron-Event-9-9-14-groupThe NAMA Northern Prairie chapter held its first event of the year at the Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, North Dakota, on September 9. About 40 people from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota braved cold temperatures and heavy rain as NAMA Northern Prairie used the reception to push forward with its initiative to relaunch the association in an area that is home to a robust and diverse ag economy. The response was outstanding and reflected a strong interest in renewing NAMA as a source for information, education, and professional growth.

The event was co-hosted with Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, an advocacy group supporting Minnesota’s food and agriculture sectors. Event sponsors included Red River Farm Network, American Ag Radio Network, Paulsen, and Promersberger.

Rocky Mountain Hosts Beef and Beer/Wine Pairing

Written by NAMA on Monday, September 22, 2014 , 2:50 pm

Rocky-Mountain-9-2014-5Rocky Mountain chapter held a beef and beer/wine pairing event at the NCBA headquarters with NCBA Chef Chris Gigiel on September 9th.

Chef Chris prepared 6 different beef dishes, served with local wines and craft brews. Over 40 local agrimarketing professionals attended, along with out-of-town NAMA members who were in Denver for business.

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